Virginia Mason Health System

Bailey-Boushay House

Bailey-Boushay House provides exceptional and compassionate care to people with HIV/AIDS as well as end-of-life care for those with ALS and complex conditions. Our clients also deal with chemical dependencies, mental health issues and/or homelessness
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As COVID-19 swept through Washington state earlier this year, Bailey-Boushay House (BBH) needed to drastically change how we operate. That meant no more sit-down lunches for 100 people or scheduled group activities. It also meant we had to stay connected to our clients and keep them engaged in our community, even though we couldnt provide all the in-person services theyre used to.

"Bailey didnt leave me behind they called me every day," said Glenda, a BBH client. "I was depressed being at home all alone. But Bailey-Boushay didnt let me go. They let me know that they still care, theyre here and that they still offer programs to help me out."

Through an enormous team effort, we were able to find new ways to serve clients like Glenda, while helping curb the spread of the virus. If clients didnt have housing, we opened our shelter to them 24/7 and use routine COVID-19 testing to keep our community safe. If they did have housing, we asked them to temporarily stay there and promised to stay connected.

Thanks to donors like you, we are able to keep meeting clients daily needs from a distance. We have sent out grocery deliveries and prepaid laundry cards. We also have purchased prepaid cell phones for clients who didnt have them, to ensure they could stay in touch and get the support they need.

Over half of our clients face homelessness, addiction and mental illness. They often experience feelings of isolation, stigma and rejection more than others. But we refuse to leave anyone behind.

This steadfast support means the world to our clients, especially during these dynamic times.

"I have a place to go every night," said shelter resident Christopher. "I have a place to wake up and eat breakfast and nurses who help me with my medication. I'm grateful for everything that comes my way."

About the charity

The Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Foundation enhances philanthropic support for extraordinary patient care at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.

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