Making a Home for Homeless Women

Zoe Gollogly

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November 21, 2001

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Introduction

Dr. Roseanna Means is driven by what she calls her "faith journey." In 1988, this calling led Means to found WOM (Women of Means as a way to help the thousands of homeless women often overlooked by the healthcare system. Based in Boston, WOM is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enable safe and respectful healthcare -- free of charge -- to women who are homeless or living in marginal housing. WOM consists primarily of a network of female physicians who visit homeless women around the city in regular, safe places. The program creates an environment where trust can be developed over a period of time, thereby allowing women to feel safe engaging in an ongoing healthcare situation. "It's an incredible network of women helping women," says Means.

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