Giving back to their community is an enduring hallmark of the Tulalip Tribes’ culture. And, for generations, tribal members have used the same gesture to acknowledge those who have given of themselves to support others: They lift their hands, raising them with palms open as a symbol of gratitude.
In this spirit, Tulalip Cares, the charitable giving arm of Tulalip Tribes, awarded a generous grant to Bailey-Boushay House (BBH) in spring 2019.
“We raise our hands to the amazing and very important HIV/AIDs services they provide for the community,” says Tribal Chairwoman Teri Gobin. “Our tribal traditions and values inform our giving priorities. That means supporting programs that address the health and welfare of those most in need. It is a privilege to contribute to BBH.”
Tulalip Cares was inspired to support BBH in part because they’ve seen patients in their tribe’s healthcare program benefit from services that go beyond providing medical care — mental health counseling, meals and more. For instance, the tribe offers a chemical dependency rehabilitation program that combines integrative medicine, individual and group counseling and provides housing for those who need it.
"We know firsthand how connecting mental health, nutrition, counseling and housing services can make a tremendous difference," Teri says.
The donation will support BBH’s nutrition program, which helps the facility provide fresh meals three times a day, seven days a week. For many outpatients, these are the only full and nutritious meals can count on. For BBH inpatients, the culinary team makes custom meals based on each patient’s health needs.
Dieticians lead workshops that teach BBH clients about shopping for low-cost healthy foods and how to use food stamps at local farmers’ markets, and they host a weekly group for clients with diabetes. The nutrition program also provides meals for holidays and other celebrations for residents, clients and their families.
“Offering a robust nutrition program helps keep our clients fed and healthy and gives them one less thing to worry about,” says BBH Executive Director Brian Knowles. “We’re very thankful that Tulalip Cares is helping us continue to provide our meal program.”