A Hartford man experiencing homelessness lost part of his finger to frostbite. A Hartford Healthcare program helped him leave the streets.

Isander Nieves, 48, lastly has a heat, dry position in Hartford to contact property following staying homeless, addicted to medicines and in and out of difficulties considering that 2014.

Nieves’ located his new lease on daily life by way of Hartford Healthcare’s Community Wellbeing method, a team of experts who meet up with folks on the road, “where they are,” and give them what they have to have instantly, including clothes, food stuff, health care consideration and eventually, other providers.

Nieves, who suffers from early Parkinson’s Condition, experienced been clear from prescription drugs for 18 days when previous 7 days he moved to a supported living effectiveness apartment. He’s been working with the group for nearly two yrs and was 1 of their first consumers.

“It feels very good for me,” he claimed. “I never have to slumber outdoors, I don’t have to get soaked any more.”

He also does not have to shell out all working day strolling around to figure out where he’s heading to snooze. Just a handful of months ago, he lost component of his finger to frostbite, he explained.

“I feel it’s fairly actually saved his everyday living,” explained Kelly Toth, an APRN and assistant director of Neighborhood Health and fitness.

“Being on the road is tricky for any individual, but when you have considerable healthcare issues, it’s even additional taxing for the overall body,” Toth said.

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Toth and her team who walk streets throughout Connecticut to give support and in virtually two yrs of the program’s existence, have witnessed over 3,600 people.

The neighborhood wellbeing team’s companies for underserved Connecticut communities, has included  not only medical treatment method, this kind of as physicals, vaccines, screenings and insignificant strategies — but also behavioral wellness resources and assistance accessing welfare added benefits.

The team first achieved Nieves on Park Road in Hartford, where he was laying on the sidewalk.

It took a few months for Nieves to belief they have been to assistance him, but he at last did and through the journey they’ve turn out to be like relatives.

“We enjoy him like our own spouse and children,” Toth claimed via tears.

Licensed Scientific Social Employee Priscilla Pandozzi reported portion of what would make Nieves unique is that “despite his terrible” situations, Nieves “always desired better” for himself than just surviving.

On best of the condominium and drug rehabilitation, Nieves just lately bought a haircut and shave from barbershop operator Miguel Devalle, who was after homeless himself and now performs with the Neighborhood Overall health crew.

Barbershop operator Miguel Devalle functioning with Isander Nieves

When a haircut and shave may possibly seem to be trivial in contrast to an apartment, it is crucial, Nieves and Devalle said.

“I come to feel clean up,” Nieves said.

Devalle reported because partnering with Neighborhood Well being very last calendar year, he’ll drop whatsoever he’s performing — if feasible — to convey a cost-free haircut to plan purchasers.

Devalle stated individuals/consumers referred by the crew generally open up up much more right after a haircut, shower and heat food.

He mentioned for Isander, who now has sobriety and an condominium, “all that was missing was a haircut.”

Delvalle explained folks deal with people today differently if they’re unkempt and now Nieves “looks so different.”

“He seems to be like a new male. He feels like a new person and most possible will turn out to be a new male,” mentioned Delvalle, operator of Smart Men Scissor Society Barber Shop, 87 Key St.