In 2018, the opioid crisis was the #1 killer of the Boston’s homeless community. It became clear that Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) needed an infrastructure to manage the volume of overdoses occurring daily in and around Boston’s Methadone Mile.
A conference room turned triage center called Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment (SPOT) became a first-of-its-kind drop-in center that provides life-saving services, medical monitoring, harm-reduction support, and access to recovery treatment—all in a safe, non-judgmental setting. After meeting some of the SPOT patients, our campaign revealed itself: Boston’s Underdogs. These are people who aren’t expected to live, let alone come back from the brink of hopeless addiction and move on to participate meaningfully in the world.