Latest Updates from Heart to Heart

Design Nears Final Stage; Land at 1002 W. Poplar Purchased for Site

Blue Mountain Heart to Heart closed on the roughly half-acre lot at 12th Street and W. Poplar on June 17, making way for the start of construction in early 2023. This 6,600-square foot building will consolidate our Walla Walla staff in one location and help us launch our academic center, The Center for Rural Responses to Substance Use. Also included are a lobby area, expanded food pantry, a full medical clinic space, three conference rooms, a shared area for our diversion program staff, and a workroom for our special projects. The facility construction project is expected to go out for bid in late 2022.

by Everett Maroon June 21, 2022

Drug User Health Equity Program Launches with New Mobile Clinic

Two contracts combined to create our new Drug User Health Equity Program, which focuses on increasing wellness, access to care and treatment, and decreasing harm for people who use substances. More specifically BMHTH staff will explore attitudes toward getting vaccinated for COVID-19, entering substance use treatment, and attempting recovery, as we also work to provide basic medical care, link individuals to primary care, and increase vaccination rates. Our mobile clinic will help us reach geographically isolated communities in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. HIV, hepatitis C, and STI testing, wound care, vaccinations for tetanus, shingles, influenza, and COVID-19 are part of our toolkit, along with our harm reduction services.

by Everett Maroon June 21, 2022

Fundraiser Returns on September 17, 2022

While COVID-19 continues to make in-person fundraising challenging, we think that an indoor-outdoor venue with air purification will work for many of our supporters, and so with a lot of hope and anticipation BMHTH will host a “Return to the Heart” fundraiser at Foundry Vineyards on September 17, 2022. More details will be out soon, but expect live music, auction items, refreshments, riveting speeches, and old friends.

by Everett Maroon June 21, 2022

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