In response to the pandemic, DMF stepped up its support for St. Peter’s Helping Hands program, which provides not only meals, but life-changing services to homeless individuals, many of whom are seniors, and during the pandemic have included many newly unemployed people in our area. Earlier this week, the Foundation received a truly inspiring report from Shirley King (at left in the photo) and Ann Austin recapping how the funds we provided to Helping Hands have been used over the past fifteen months.
Some highlights include:
- Partnering with Stratford Court Cafe and Beeside Balcony to serve 3,180 restaurant-prepared meals;
- Distributing homemade soup, hot drinks, sack lunches with high protein drinks, fruit, fresh underwear and socks, and distribution of 2,500 face masks;
- Providing critical social work services, including health care referrals for emergency dental work, wound care, diabetes management, major surgeries and substance abuse admissions; and achieving housing through Project Room key for several seniors;
- Hosting hosted an on-campus vaccination clinic and cheduling off-site Covid-19 vaccination appointments, achieving a remarkable 90% vaccination rate
The work and success of this committed group of volunteers, which includes teens and college students, is truly inspiring. We know that every dollar we placed in their hand is carefully invested in supporting and changing the lives of those among us who are most in need. We hope you’ll read the full report, because far more than the facts and figures, the voices of Shirley and Ann convey the true value of this sustained volunteer effort in our midst.