Success Story: Passport Community Health Worker Helps Homeless Members Make Healthy Decisions with Stimulus Checks

Passport Community Health Worker Rhonda works with our members in the Complex Care Program, with a particular focus on members who are experiencing homelessness.

In her recent work with members during the COVID-19 pandemic, she recognized that many of them would be receiving a stimulus check. That large sum of money can be an answer for a variety of needs, but it can also complicate things or be a trigger for some who don’t make the best decisions when dealing with money.

Rhonda made it a point to work with many of her members to plan and budget for how they would use their stimulus check money to best benefit them. She wanted to make sure that members benefitted in a positive way from the​​ stimulus check, instead of it being a trigger for poor choices or behavior.

“Money is a big trigger for relapse and addiction,” says Rhonda. “I used a Stimulus Relapse Prevention Plan for my women in Celebrate Recovery and applied the same concept with other members I spoke to about responsible spending.”

As a result of these efforts, for example, one member used her stimulus to pay off copays and purchase new tires to ensure she can continue driving to her appointments and get needed items.