Jewelie Perez, 24, is the breadwinner for her mom, two sisters, and daughter. One evening, while chatting in her driveway with her sister and a friend, a car passed them, then circled back. Suddenly, Perez was struck by a bullet on the side of her head and in the leg; her sister’s forehead was grazed. Perez dragged herself behind their parked car for shelter. She recalls seeing her family’s panicked faces, and blood everywhere. When the ambulance arrived, she said, “please don’t let me die, I have a daughter.” Then, everything blurred.
Since 2010, John Muir Health and its Trauma and Social Services teams have spearheaded an innovative violence prevention program known as Beyond Violence. Richmond’s RYSE Center is a key partner in realizing the program’s goals of reducing the prevalence of community violence, empowering those affected by violence, and aiding in the healing of individuals and communities through emotional support and safety net resources. Through the support of a trauma response intervention specialist from RYSE, Jewelie accessed the support she needed to rebuild her confidence and her life.
This is only one example of the many impactful community benefit programs John Muir Health supports to help address the ABCs of our communities’ health needs. In total, John Muir Health provided more than $129 million in community benefit contributionsin 2018 to improve the health and wellness of our community.
Read the complete 2018 Community Benefit Report, including more stories about the personal impact of these programs.