Interested in bringing awareness to the drug/opioid epidemic, the diseases affecting poverty-stricken communities, or the need for health care equity? Project Hope is a collection of students striving to promote public health awareness.
To combat Boston’s drug/opioid epidemic, Project Hope partners with the Allston Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force to faciliate discussions on health and substance abuse.
Project Hope also partners with Rosie’s Place, a female homeless shelter, to address homelessness, sickness, and poverty. Volunteers serve food, teach English, and participate in discussions on poverty and disease.
Through its partnership with Fenway Health, Project Hope helps foster health-care equity. Volunteers provide a safe space for the passing of information to telephone callers in the LGBTQ+ community.
With nearly a dozen community partners to juggle, Project Hope’s Program Manager, Ray Rosenbloom, has a lot to handle. But Ray is Ray, and he’s got this.
Major: Human Physiology
Hometown: Belmont, MA
Ray is dedicated to Project Hope because he believes access to health care is a fundamental human right.”I’m drawn to the complex, interdisciplinary nature that public health problems pose,” he said.
Ray hopes to integrate Project Hope with other BU public and global health-related organizations. “I would like Project Hope to increase its volunteer capacity and be able to provide an opportunity for any interested student,” he said.
Additionally, Ray would like to see Project Hope allow students to bond with the community partners they serve. “Hopefully these relationships will continue beyond Project Hope, and students will contribute to the development and implementation of projects. I think another CSC program that really helps with this is the Santander Urban Impact Microgrant,” he said.
Ray is excited to work with Gavin Foundation’s Devine Recovery Center, a program providing counseling to individuals recovering from a drug addiction. Here, Ray helped members write resumes for the limited number of CORI-friendly jobs available to them.
“The most rewarding apsect about this was not just the process of walking them through the writing steps, but engaging the individuals in a discussion about their previous history and hopes for the future. Seeing their accomplishments put to paper really boosted their confidence,” he said.
Project Hope has shown Ray how to find his voice when addressing the social justice concerns he is passionate about. “There’s a role for everyone,” he said.
If any student is interested in participating in Project Hope, please email Ray Rosenbloom at firstname.lastname@example.org.