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The way that nursing care is funded traditionally doesn’t allow for us as community nurses to connect with clients and build the trusting relationships that are needed in order to meet their very complex needs. The donors’ gift to us allows us to create this trust with clients and help them live the life that they deserve to live.

-Glenna Fraumeni, Casey House Community Nurse

Being able to be a nurse when you’re a guest in someone’s home is a completely different experience, and brings a personal touch to the work we’re doing.

For many of our clients, it’s a matter of trust. Many of them are not housed, or have grown up in an environment where stability or having someone come home at the end of the day is not something that’s been guaranteed to them. So as a nurse when I go to try to meet with someone for the first time and I knock on the door: for them, this doesn’t mean that I’m going to actually come back when I say I’ll be there three days later. As nurses we need the ability to go back more than once, to demonstrate for them that we will continue to show up.

What has stayed the same at Casey House through the years is our acceptance of everyone and everything, and meeting people where they are. We help them with what it is they want of their health. We’re allies for people living with HIV who are experiencing very complicated HIV and other diagnoses.

The way that nursing care is funded traditionally doesn’t allow for us as community nurses to connect with clients and build the trusting relationships that are needed in order to meet their very complex needs. The donors’ gift to us allows us to create this trust with clients and help them live the life that they deserve to live.

At Casey House, you quickly learn not to take a situation for granted. It’s important to keep an open mind and be present to the needs of our clients. Often a client who seems to be in a really terrible health situation will show amazing strength and resiliency. No matter how experienced we are in our practice, every nurse here at Casey House has his or her own story about someone who surprised us with his or her ability to persevere and rebound from terrible health and life conditions. For me, it’s a reminder that no matter how much we think we know as professionals, it’s always important to slow down and listen to our clients, to bring the arts of honesty and creativity into our practice. That’s what really helps to move people forward on their paths in this life.