Since 1992, the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust has faithfully supported care for unhoused patients with cancer at Christ House. The Stewart Trust supports exceptional non-profit organizations striving to improve the quality of life for people with cancer residing in DC. This partnership has helped us provide cancer screenings, medical care, care coordination with specialists, transportation to appointments, and, when necessary, hospice care for patients experiencing homelessness. With the help of the Stewart Trust, every patient who is admitted to Christ House receives a cancer screening for colorectal cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer.
In 2022, Christ House supported thirty cancer patients, with nineteen patients from our medical facility, and eleven patients from our Kairos Permanent Housing Program. Our average cost per cancer patient is over $40,000, and total costs exceed over $1.2 million dollars. The Stewart Trust’s generous funding has further allowed us to provide wraparound support for patients and permanent housing members with cancer, helping them to receive the best possible care in a stable environment. It is our goal that Christ House patients with cancer diagnoses leave Christ House with prescribed medications, scheduled follow-up appointments, the ability to self-administer medication, medical insurance coverage, safe housing, and increased understanding regarding their medical needs. This holistic care would not be possible without the continuous support of the Stewart Trust.
The Stewart Trust recently held a 75th Anniversary Celebration, where Christ House co-founder Janelle Goetcheus was honored for transforming cancer care for the most vulnerable communities in the DC area. It was an unforgettable evening recognizing a successful partnership that has helped thousands of men experiencing homelessness in the DC area receive compassionate and comprehensive care for over three decades. To the Stewart Trust, and all of our donors who help make the work at Christ House possible—thank you. We are sincerely grateful.