This past week, we have begun distributing supermarket gift cards to our Bridges to Moms clients who have been going hungry. Before COVID-19, most of the moms (78%) were working and still couldn't make ends meet. Now, it is impossible. Anything we can do to help with food and transportation helps improve the health outcomes for moms and babies alike.
All of our clients bear the added burden of this pandemic, magnified by their inability to control even the most basic living conditions.
We are gearing up to provide screening for guests at Rosie's Place who meet the criteria for possible infection. We are also providing additional cell phones to our clinical staff to maintain a connection with those we cannot see to make sure they are not alone. And I am working closely with Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Rosie's Place, and have joined a weekly task force with the Boston Public Health Commission and several of the key Boston shelter providers (Pine Street Inn, Woods Mullen) to strategize the safest way to house the homeless. Right now, there are too many places still filling to capacity, providing no safe distance for this very susceptible population. The risk of infection is terrifying.