HSNHC to Open Veterans Outreach Center

**BOSTON, MA, APRIL 26, 2016**—Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center (HSNHC), in partnership with CeltiCare Health, has received approval for a $100,000 grant from Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Trustees of the George Robert White Fund for capital improvements to 895 Blue Hill Avenue in order to establish a veterans’ outreach center. The building currently houses mental and behavioral health services for HSNHC clients and contains approximately 3,500 square feet of unused space.

The plan for the veterans’ outreach center includes programming and funding partnerships with the City of Boston Veterans’ Services, CeltiCare Health and local veteran service organizations in order to provide greater access to state, local and federal veterans’ benefits, health care services, and health insurance navigation. The veterans’ outreach center will also be used to provide a community meeting space for veteran service organizations as well as community based workforce development training.

“The veterans outreach center concept has been something we have been working on since I joined Harvard Street,” said HSNHC President Charley Murphy. “Veterans deserve nothing but the finest care, and I look forward to partnering with Mayor Walsh, City of Boston Veterans’ Services, CeltiCare Health and veteran service organizations from the Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan communities to bring a one-stop community resource center to veterans and their families.”

“This new space will provide a much-needed resource for local veterans and CelitCare Health is proud to be a part of it,” said Jay Gonzalez, president and CEO of CeltiCare Health. “Our company is dedicated to serving veterans and their families by helping them navigate health insurance options and connecting them to quality health care, social services, and, if necessary, substance use disorder treatment. We look forward to working with Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, the City of Boston and others to make a difference for this population.”

“In Boston, we are committed to providing our veterans with the highest quality of resources and services and I thank Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center and CeltiCare for their shared commitment in that effort,” said Mayor Walsh. “I am pleased that through the George Robert White Fund we are able to invest in an outreach center that will reach even more of our veterans.”

The George Robert White Fund, working with HSNHC plans to renovate the space over the course of the next several months while HSNHC and CeltiCare finalize partnerships and programming for an anticipated opening in November.

Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center strives to provide exemplary care to the members of its community at every opportunity. The center’s commitment to community public wellness is highlighted by vigorous, multifaceted health care services and programs including preventive medicine such as free health education classes and screenings to advanced treatment methods to fight chronic diseases. HSNHC provides world-class clinical care in a safe and compassionate patient-centered healing environment. For more information, visit [www.harvardstreet.org](www.harvardstreet.org).