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Mindful Self-Care

We believe that health care is just as crucial as food, shelter, and clothing. When people come to the Bay Area Rescue Mission’s homeless shelter, most are frail in their mind, body, and spirit. With your help and collaborations with other committed organizations, we can offer our clients a holistic approach to recovery, including nutritional guidance, physical activity, resilience training, healthy relationship building, and spirituality. It also means establishing trust, to start healing from the inside out, so that improving current conditions becomes a process that is empowering and meets the individual’s needs.

The recipient of the Bay Area Rescue Mission’s 2018 Volunteer Ray of Hope Award, the Fountain Project are integrative health care providers, consisting of medical doctors, chiropractors, surgeons, optometrists, dentists, physical therapists, exercise instructors, massage therapists, nurses, medical assistants, acupuncturists, acupressure therapists, nutritionists, and herbalists that have been graciously serving our clients for 7 years. These volunteers not only treat illnesses but also educate the community on preventative care and general well-being. As a result, clients are spending less time in emergency rooms and are learning new techniques for preventing illnesses and helping their bodies’ ability to heal itself whenever possible.

The director of this unique program, Dr. Erlene Chiang, OMD, shared, “We know that a holistic approach that includes such mind-body modalities as mindfulness, massage, and imagery can improve quality of life. We have so much more than pharmaceuticals to offer our friends at the Bay Area Rescue Mission that can have a meaningful impact on chronic disease and suffering.”

Together we are shifting our current health paradigm to become more uplifting and cost-efficient, by concentrating on wellness, prevention, patient empowerment and self-care.

Thank you for providing the support and resources needed to “Change Lives for a Brighter Tomorrow.”


Daryl Burns

Grants and Foundation Liaison

Bay Area Rescue Mission

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