Believe in the New Big Blue
For more than a decade, Big Blue has been bringing medical, dental, social work and counseling services to homeless people in New Hampshire’s Seacoast region.
Big Blue is dying, but thanks to the community's generosity, Families First has been able to raise the $270,000 needed to replace her! In addition to many individual donors and volunteers, we thank the following businesses and foundations for their contributions to the "Believe in the New Big Blue" campaign:
Arthur Getz Charitable Trust
The Cheney Companies
National Wrecker, Inc.
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Optima Bank & Trust
Piscataqua Savings Bank
Portsmouth Regional Hospital
Samuel P. Hunt Charitable Foundation
Seacoast Media Group (in-kind media donation)
Tobey & Merrill Insurance
Contributions to purchase a New Big Blue are no longer needed, but Families First always relies on donations to help us provide our health, dental and family programs. Please click to donate. If you would like to support the program that Big Blue is part of, you may write "Mobile Health Care Program" in the dedication line of the donation form.
What is Big Blue?
Big Blue is a health care van used by mobile health care teams from Families First to deliver medical, dental, social work and counseling services to people experiencing homelessness. This program removes barriers that homeless people often face by meeting them where they are and delivering services at no cost and with no appointment needed. The teams visit shelters, soup kitchens and other sites in Portsmouth, Rochester, Dover, Hampton and Exeter, New Hampshire.
Big Blue Brings Hope
“You will never be talked down to. You will never feel humiliated. You will be made to feel like you have an American Express Gold Card as your health care.” – John
“How can you beat a dentist who can pull your teeth out without you even feeling anything? He did that, and I got fitted for dentures and they helped me figure out funding. And then I went through the medical program part of it, and they were amazing. I found out I am diabetic, which I didn’t know.” – Carol
John and Carol are two of the thousands of homeless people who have benefited from Families First’s Mobile Health Care for the Homeless program since 2003. Please watch the video below to hear John and Carol tell their stories. (Families First thanks our volunteer producer/director, Bill Humphreys, for creating the "Believe in the New Big Blue" video.)
Big Blue and her clients and staff were also featured on New Hampshire Chronicle. Click the image below to watch.