St. Anthony Shrine is committed to serving homeless women in a safe, calming, confidential and private environment, separate from any male presence.
In partnership with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, the Shrine opened a Women’s Clinic in order to serve the complex health care needs of homeless women in Downtown Boston. Substance abuse and the opioid crisis are among the leading causes of homelessness, particularly for young women. Homeless women are the most vulnerable group for assault, abuse, prostitution, and sex trafficking.
A nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, and a licensed drug and alcohol counselor staff it. These three professionals work together to create a plan to address, monitor and manage the health care and well-being of each patient.
Renovation plans are underway to maximize the existing space, make it more welcoming, and build a handicap shower for patients.