A Letter from Dr. Morris: COVID-19 Response

There is still a welcome and hospitality in our social distancing at Urban Ministries. You can see the smiles on our neighbors faces and our staff and volunteer’s eyes, just above their face masks.

All of our programs in health, hunger and nutrition and helping homeless women find a way home are essential services in these trying times of COVID19. We’ve changed how we work for the the safety of our staff, volunteers, and the families we serve. We can only cautiously open our doors. But…

We’ve opened our curbs to serve record numbers of out of work families, 70-80 a day, with boxes of nutritious food placed safely in the trunk of their cars.

We’ve opened our curbs for to pharmacy pick-ups when we weren’t able to provide 90-day prescriptions before the pandemic for lack of stock.

We’ve opened our screens to telemedicine visits to keep clinicians and patients at home, bringing only those in need to be carefully screened before entering for a clinical exam or lab test.

We invited the women of Helen Wright to become a community, to stay in place, protect each other, share three meals a day, fresh air, games and books and other amusements. It’s happened.

We can keep our distance and come together as a community. Please come together with us, support us as you can in these trying times of COVID-19. We’re all neighbors, after all. What we do affects the health of each of us.