Celebrating and supporting our community during COVID-19
Weekend Wrap Message-Saturday, May 2, From David Brinkman, Desert AIDS Project CEO
Getting Insurance and Care with DAP -- in just One Call
Starting this week, we’ve launched a service that requires just one telephone call to enroll in health insurance or Medi-Cal, as well as register for medical and behavioral healthcare at DAP.
Large numbers of people in our Valley are losing their jobs and insurance. To respond, DAP team members are shepherding callers through the insurance enrollment process - offering access to care that strengthens physical and mental resiliency.
Our team of Infectious Disease experts is on the cutting edge of the ever-changing nature of this pandemic and how to protect and treat members of our community best. I want to share feedback that shines a light on the difference our courageous healthcare workers are making.
“I just got home and the first thing I wanted to do was write you a thank you note. I am sure this is a difficult period for everyone connected with healthcare but you are definitely a cut above. Why? I could not get tested for COVID at local clinics and I tried twice. You not only tested me but had me admitted to the hospital all in the same day. Because of my serious health issues, I fear to think what might have happened to me if I had waited one day more. For the record, I believe you saved my life and for this I am so grateful….”
Thank You For Vital PPE Donations
When we asked the community to donate badly needed PPE, we were once again shown the generous spirit that the Coachella Valley is famous for.
So far, we have received 10,000 individual pieces of PPE, such as a masks, shoe covers, and face shields. This amount of giving has touched us deeply, and it will go a long way. Our team in the COVID-19 Clinic is increasing the numbers of patients it sees and innovating ways of accommodating more.
As we brace for the continuation of this health crisis, we will continue to need donated PPE to protect our frontline healthcare workers and their patients.
#GivingTuesdayNow Next Week on May 5
You can hear Joe Smith on NBC Palm Springs explain a little bit about the difference this year with Giving Tuesday—he will be talking to Steven Henke more in-depth this Tuesday on air.
Millions of us will be standing up, helping out, giving back, and healing on #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving planned for May 5, 2020. This people-powered event brings together humans around the world for a day of action, giving and community building.
Desert AIDS Project's Giving Tuesday Now efforts start right now. While DAP faces its own financial challenges related to COVID-19, we are committed to ensuring our community emerges from the pandemic stronger than ever.
Please help make a difference between now and May 5th!
Take Out. Give Back
The economic impact on our restaurant community has been especially harsh and the stimulus is not trickling down to many. Over the years, they have generated millions of dollars for our valley's causes, including DAP, so we ask you to TAKE OUT. GIVE BACK. You can help by choosing a restaurant for take-out/delivery. Let's turn the tables and support our restaurant community with breakfast, lunch, and dinner orders. 100% of your receipt goes to the restaurants. Contact them directly to place your order. For a full list of restaurants open, please visit: https://www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com/stay-in-take-out/
Help DAP Feed Our Most Vulnerable Clients
Many of DAP's most vulnerable clients are over 65 and/or have fragile immune systems. We are keeping them safe by delivering packaged food, fresh produce, and toiletries to their homes.
For $40.00 per person, we are able to deliver this life-sustaining nutrition. If you’re in a position to help, please consider how many of our patients you can feed. https://www.desertaidsproject.org/givingtuesdaynow/
We would greatly appreciate your support for all of these efforts in our COVID-19 Emergency Response.
With gratitude and the hope that you too are finding your silver linings.