The Corner has continued to serve our community throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. In the clinic, the Corner remains open for both in-person and telehealth visits. Since March 2020 when the pandemic started, we’ve seen 1556 patients for 9401 clinical encounters. Mental health remains the number one need for our population, and 12% of our patients saw a psychiatrist or social worker during the year. The Corner also hosted a virtual mental health summit for teens titled ‘COVID Happened: So Now What?’ in collaboration with the Ford Motor Fund and The Congressional Award Foundation.
The Corner held a drive-through flu shot event on October 10th in partnership with the Washtenaw County Health Department. Outreach was highly successful, and the Corner collaborated with the County for promotion and distribution of flyers through the local Barrier Busters listserv to help notify community members. The Corner served 104 patients, 35 with no insurance, at the one-day clinic. Cars started lining up 20 minutes early for the drive-through event. In addition to the Corner’s clinic, there was another local flu clinic on the same day that wasn’t able to accept patients without insurance or patients who hadn’t registered in advance. That clinic agreed to refer anyone who showed up without registering in advance to the Corner’s event. We got so many heartfelt thank-yous from people who wanted flu shots, but because of access, affordability, or health fragility couldn’t access a vaccine. One family had driven down from Grand Ledge (nearly a 90 mile drive). The family was underinsured and would have paid $75 per shot at their local urgent care. Parents loved not having to get kids out of cars, and everyone loved just rolling up their sleeve, chatting with us outside or through their open car windows and getting the easiest shot of their lives.
We also strengthened our ongoing collaboration with the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, who donated hygiene kits and toiletries to the clinic. In addition to stocking our on-site food pantry, which remained open, participants in this program were able to select hygiene items that they needed. Knowing that many would not be able to find a way into the pantry during the pandemic, the Corner developed a new program to help feed the community. With funding support from the United Way, The Corner started an outreach program and established new relationships with local restaurants. The Corner and these restaurants worked together provide prepared meals which were then delivered to families in need. In December alone, the program delivered meals and hygiene items to 76 families. One client’s food burden was reduced for her family of five through participating in our project and ordering meals for her family from a local restaurant. The client reported this program “came just in time,” as her hours had been cut at work and her car had recently broken down. She was thankful for receiving a prepared meal for her family delivered to her door.
The Corner remains committed to all facets of our mission during the pandemic, and we are continually looking for creative ways to maintain our programs amid the ongoing community closures due to the pandemic. Thank you to our GlobalGiving donors for your continued support.