01/24/2011 10:12 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Dr. Roseanna Means Helps Boston Homeless Get Access To Health Services

When Dr. Roseanna Means walked the streets of Boston, she talked to women living on the streets who were in need of medical care.

She decided to help. Means was recently featured as a CNN Hero about her nonprofit organization, Women of Means.

When describing what her program does, Means describes her team as "ambassadors of the health care system," helping disadvantaged women navigate the way to free medical help.

Means explains,

"For women who are poor, homeless or battered, to deal with a system of health care becomes overwhelming. There are lots of emotional issues, psychiatric issues...I just didn't like the idea that they were falling through the cracks."

But more than that, Means focuses on the holistic side of health. She wanted to provide a safe place for women in need beyond just physical care.

"This is not just about a checkup or doling out antibiotics for an infection, but it's about giving these women the acceptance -- and love -- they deserve. It's a process. It takes a long time. But we don't put any time limits on it 'cause we know that in some cases, it's literally life-saving."


Supporters can make a donation to boost the organization. If you live in the Boston area, you can also volunteer with Women of Means to help homeless women.