December 24, 2017
In less than thirty days, on January 21, 2018, Swet Studio, Boston’s local group indoor rowing and aerial fitness studio, in partnership with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Emerging Leader’s Board, will host a Row-a-Thon to raise awareness and funds in support of the homeless citizenry of Boston.
The event is being spearheaded by one of Swet Studio’s members and indoor rowing champ, Patrick Brien. Brien currently oversees program implementation for the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), an initiative of the global health non-profit organization, Partners In Health. He divides his time between travelling to East Africa and living in Boston’s South End. An army veteran, who has spent much of his life in public service, Patrick also serves on the Emerging Leaders Board for the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), which is helping to coordinate the event.
According to Brien, the idea for the event is simple: for every dollar donated, the crew will row 50 meters in support of Boston’s homeless. Explains Brien, “If we hit the goal of raising $10,000, we are committed to rowing 500,000 meters, and if there are more donations, we won’t stop there.”
Over 12,000 homeless men, women, and children are cared for by Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program each year. With clinicians, case managers, and behavioral health professionals working more than 60 locations, the Program is dedicated to ensuring that the homeless have access to comprehensive health care throughout the city.
The homeless are often the forgotten faces of Boston, says Silviya Mihaylova, Swet’s Studio’s operator and rowing coach: “Thousands of people, from every walk of life and age group, find themselves homeless in Boston every year. This is no joke. Boston Health Care for the Homeless is a…