The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated health, social, and economic disparities in our city. Many of our clients from low-income immigrant communities of color have already experienced a higher level of stress due to poverty, institutional racism, and the lack of upward mobility and advancement opportunities. Many of them now suffer new trauma from losing their loved ones, isolation, hospitalization, and drastic economic downturns
To ensure our clients and their communities remain healthy and safe, we have been conducting daily (7 days a week) wellness checks for our most vulnerable populations since March 2020. We have revised all of our services to include education on COVID-19 and information on how they could receive additional support. We have connected our clients with a weekly supply of emergency food for almost three months. Most significantly, we have successfully obtained a license to provide telehealth and secured funds to assist over 110 clients in receiving smartphones and paid unlimited data package to allow them to remain in treatment and care.
We are incredibly grateful for donations from individuals and businesses we received in the past few months. Special thanks to New York Community Trust, Brooklyn Community Foundation, United Way of New York City, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Use Services. These resources have allowed us to provide additional support to the communities we serve, and we look forward to continuing those partnerships in these most uncertain times.