The Remembrance Project: Stacy Kirkpatrick
The patients Stacy Kirkpatrick treated at Boston’s Health Care for the Homeless Program didn’t always hold onto appointment cards, or medications, or sobriety. But Stacy held onto them, with a light touch and an unwavering grip.
"She had a great understanding of the tenacity required for this field," her friend Janet Smeltz remembers. "And also, she had a great understanding about readiness and people being ready to make changes."
Change didn’t frighten Stacy. After college, she moved from her beloved Texas to Boston. After a career in marketing, she moved to nursing. After a history with alcohol, she moved to recovery. She understood how porous life is.