St. Anthony Shrine Awarded $500,000 to Expand On-Site Women’s Health Clinic

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St. Anthony Shrine has been awarded a $500,000 grant – the largest in its history – from Cummings Foundation’s Sustaining Grants program. The funding will allow the Shrine to grow its Women’s Health Clinic by 35 percent to better serve the complex health care needs of Boston’s most vulnerable homeless population.

In March 2016, St. Anthony Shrine partnered with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) to open the women-only clinic after recognizing a critical need: homeless women often forgo medical care from co-ed clinics, further exacerbating their already serious health issues. The Women’s Health Clinic provides a safe, calming, and confidential environment in an area cordoned off so that no men – including the friars of the Shrine – are allowed to enter.