8th Floor Unit Council Gives Homeless Patients a Warm Welcome
Nov 27, 2019 | St. Francis News
The 8th Floor Unit Council is giving homeless patients a warm welcome with the gift of a new blanket. “Blankets for the Homeless” is their most recent community outreach project. Working in partnership with Case Management, the council provides a woven blanket, mylar blanket, and backpack to every patient identified as not having a home.
According to Jing LeBaquin, RN, BSN, BCMS, chair of the 8th Floor Unit Council, “We embarked on this project because winter is coming, and the cold months are especially hard on the homeless.”
The council and the 8th floor staff raised funds to purchase the blankets and backpacks primarily through donations and recycling. “Lots and lots of recycling,” interjected Jing.
Their diligence paid off. The 8th floor raised enough funds to purchase 150 blankets to start. Over the next few weeks, the council will assess the need and plan additional fund-raisers should more blankets be required.
The 8th Floor Unit Council consists of 13 members, all of them nurses who are taking the lead to organize staff enrichment, unity, and professional development. Their year-round community outreach projects have included Adopt-a-Classroom, which provides funds in the form of a gift card to a local elementary school teacher to purchase essential school supplies, and Mother’s Day flowers and Father’s Day mugs to patients on their floor.
Beverly Armstrong, BSN, RN, 8th Floor Unit Council sponsor and director, said, “I’m very proud of the council and the 8th floor staff. These projects reflect the passion and commitment our team has to caring for patients and the community, and just like the ‘Blankets for the Homeless,’ they leave everyone with a warm feeling in their hearts.”