Our entire lives are about finding a traveling buddy and then going forth. Remember elementary school field trips? Everyone was assigned a "traveling buddy" and the two of you stuck together, watched out for each other and made certain after touring Old Economy or the Pittsburgh Zoo you both got back on the bus to head home.
At CHC for the past 22 years of our existence we have earned the right to be seen as a trust point --- someone who has your back. We are not beholden to any larger entity. You are whom we listen to, assist, together with you solve problems, advocate and journey alongside into a more equitable and just society that we will build.
These recent months of the pandemic have revealed how broken is our society and showcased structures that have failed to support and a social safety net that is frayed and torn. The persons most in need have, sadly, been once again tossed onto the discard pile and left behind while those with resources and means have lapped them to the point of making them invisible.
We at CHC see you, we know you, we listen to your stories, we stand by you and work with you in building, bearing, blessing and becoming the beloved community envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We are a small staff, yet, we are mighty in compassion and fierce in advocacy. Our strongest asset is our commitment to live the mission of CHC which is founded with those marginalized due to income, race, misperceptions of abilities, age, citizenship status, orientation and identity.
Together, we journey as far and as long as needed to realize a health care system that is affordable, accessible and of quality and works for all of us and addresses and acts on the social disparities of health.