VA Maryland Health Care System
Point-in-Time Count, and Beyond
Forecasters predicted snow and the coldest night of the year. Despite the threat of inclement weather, VA demonstrated its commitment to end homelessness among Veterans by partnering with Baltimore City's Point-In-Time (PIT) Count, a census of people experiencing homelessness in Baltimore. VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson and Lisa Pape, national director of Homeless Services for the VA joined Dr. Adam M. Robinson, Jr., acting director of the VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS), Dr. Sandra Marshall, acting chief of staff of the VAMHCS, and the team of social workers and nurses from VAMHCS' Homeless Veterans Services programs in the effort.
The team hit the streets, Sunday, Jan.25 at midnight and walked the west-side quadrant in a radius around the Baltimore VA Medical Center until 6 a.m., searching for homeless citizens and Veterans needing help.
"If we are going to end Veterans homelessness, then collaborations, teaming, partnerships, and alliances of all sorts are essential," said Deputy Secretary Gibson. "So tonight, I'm pleased to be working alongside hundreds of volunteers as we see how we're doing and continue our vital outreach efforts. The end of Veteran homelessness is within reach."
This year's team consisted of Christopher Buser, chief of Social Work Service; social workers and case managers Kelley Anthony; Craig Cook; Jackie Adams; John D. Blakely Jr.; Nicole Evans; Caroline Gill; Dianne Goodman; nurse case manager Beatrice Grant; Brandan Pippens; Tanja Riddle; and Hector Lugo. Also, on the Eastern Shore, Tyler Betz, case manager, and Daniel Rose, outreach worker, participated in local PIT Count on Jan. 28.