PHC is built on community relationships that support the Whatcom County Plan to End Homelessness, involving nonprofit agencies, public service providers, elected government leaders, and countless individual advocates for homeless neighbors. Our Steering Group for PHC 2018 is responsible for supporting the work of over 40 Coordinators each of whom recruits others to deliver a component of the PHC event: volunteer recruitment, fund development, logistics, security, food & coffee catering, guest outreach, media/PR, dental care, vision services, hearing assessment, general medical, behavioral health, and a range of human services including access to clothing, housing, employment, public benefits, veterans’ assistance, haircuts, and more.
In addition to our fiscal sponsorship agreement with United Way of Whatcom County we have continued to enjoy the support of the Whatcom Transit Authority for two ride-free days of service plus free day passes for guests seeking follow-up assistance. Dental care at PHC is delivered through an agreement with UnityCareNW and on-call acute medical care through the Walk-In Clinic. Annually, officers from the Bellingham Police Neighborhood Unit assist with development of a security plan to help ensure participant safety.
This endeavor to encourage and serve people experiencing homelessness would not be possible without the generous support of foundations, businesses, non-profit agencies, faith communities, and elected leaders who provide the necessary funds and in-kind support required. We are enormously grateful to our major donors for their support in 2017:
- United Way of Whatcom County
- Employees Community Fund of Boeing
- Kaiser Permanente
- Chuckanut Health Foundation
- Jerry H. Walton Foundation
- PeaceHealth / St. Joseph Medical Center
- Whatcom Community Foundation
- Mount Baker District Dental Society
- Mayor’s Office, City of Bellingham
- Executive, Whatcom County
- Bellingham Community Food Co-op
- Molina Healthcare