THE FLOATING HOSPITAL SEEKS TO MOTIVATE AND EQUIP OUR PATIENTS TO LIVE HEALTHY LIVES
Through free community health-education programming, The Floating Hospital provides families and children experiencing homelessness with hands-on education and tools for managing chronic illnesses, maintaining nutritious diets, and developing social and practical life skills. Children receive free tutoring, and benefit from learning lifelong habits for physical/mental health, self-care and other literacies. The programs impart knowledge that can lead to sustainable healthy lifestyles and teach children skills that can keep them in school, help them make good decisions and foster positive coping mechanisms. Our health education team provides counseling, linkages to social services and physical needs such as essentials for infants, puberty kits and hygiene products.
Recognizing children and youth as change agents
The Floating Hospital’s health-education program serves the entire family with a focus on developing youth and children.
We recognize that children are natural change agents. They serve as inspiration for their entire families and help lead them to better nutrition and self-care. But lacking the structure of permanent housing, children experiencing homelessness can also become their own decision-makers out of necessity.
To help young people navigate the complexities brought on by transitional living, our programming for youth provides hands-on workshops in leadership, job and social skills, self-care and reproductive health, and on topics ranging from financial literacy, bullying and self-esteem to social-media practices to social justice.