Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Remembering Christian Wilcox

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the recent passing of our wonderful colleague, Mr. Christian Wilcox, Peer Counselor at RAMS.

Mr. Wilcox passed away on May 26th, 2017, due to complications from multiple medical issues. He will be missed by many in his native San Francisco, both within the behavioral health community—where he worked for nearly a decade—and by the countless people he motivated and inspired on the street and throughout the city.

Mr. Wilcox began working with RAMS in July 2015 as one of the inaugural staff members in the Division of Peer-Based Services. It became clear very quickly that his ability to build relationships with others, his natural way of creating an atmosphere of safety and comfort, and his patience and empathy towards some of the most marginalized individuals in the city were rare and valuable assets for clients and colleagues alike. As one of his colleagues wrote, Mr. Wilcox was “hard as nails on the outside but soft as butter on the inside—my favorite kind of person.”

Mr. Wilcox took great pride in his outreach to people who were homeless or struggling with substance use and mental health conditions, and was always willing to share his expertise and vision with the community. Mr. Wilcox’s passion for this work and his skill with clients will not be forgotten; it will live on in the Peer Counselors he trained and in the clients he helped.

We extend our sincere condolences to his wife and daughter, other family members, friends, co-workers, and others for whom Mr. Wilcox’s larger-than-life presence made a positive and lasting impact.

If you would like to donate to a memorial fund for Mr. Wilcox, please follow this link: https://www.gofundme.com/christianwilcox

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