There are smiles behind those masks as one of our IW Residences (IWR) residents shows off his COVID vaccine card at the first of several events to expand vaccine access to the communities served by Interfaith Works. At an event at Progress Place in Silver Spring last month, 90 percent of IWR residents were vaccinated. This is an important step because many are highly vulnerable based on age and health conditions. The IWR program provides permanent, supportive housing to 21 men and women who previously have experienced chronic homelessness.
In all, a total of 132 community members received the single-dose vaccine, including 37 highly vulnerable IW clients, along with other high-risk neighbors and people who serve them.
IW staff worked hard to build enthusiasm about the vaccination event while overcoming some residents’ feelings of hesitation and anxiety. Their strategies including showing a YouTube video depicting people getting safely vaccinated and offering one resident cortisone cream in case he had a topical reaction. We are grateful for the chance to collaborate with our partners at Montgomery County and Shepherd’s Table to provide vaccine access. We look forward to future pop-up clinics held in collaboration with community health providers.
Interfaith Works CEO