Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support as we combat the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, we wanted to share some of the stories of hope that are sustaining us in these challenging times. We hope these stories uplift you as they have uplifted us. And we wish you and your family health and safety.
Members of the CrossOver Circulo de Costura have been sewing masks for our patients, volunteers, and staff. The Circulo de Costura was started by a group of women from River Road Church, Baptist, in the summer of 2017, to help women—many of them CrossOver patients and recent immigrants—learn to sew, knit, or crochet. Now, some of the women who lead that group as well as some of the women who have learned from them are putting those skills to use for CrossOver in this extraordinary time of need.
Last week, we had almost exhausted our very limited supply of COVID-19 tests. A LabCorp courier who works with us and has developed a relationship with our staff went out of her way to drive around to area dermatology clinics that aren’t seeing patients right now, where they typically use the same supplies for other kinds of tests. She gathered ten additional tests from these clinics for our use. We’re thankful for so many people who have used their creativity and commitment to literally go the extra mile for us.
We made the difficult decision to ask our volunteers age 65 and older to stay home for the sake of their health. A former volunteer who has taken time away from CrossOver following the birth of her child saw our announcement about this and decided it was a good time to return to the clinic. Meanwhile, one of our staff clinicians who normally provides primary care has been able to transition some of her time to caring for our OB patients. Thanks to flexible and willing staff and volunteers, we’re still able to meet our patients’ care needs.
Eager to Help?
Here are some ways you can get involved.
- Your gifts remain vital today and for the future, as more of our neighbors will need our services in the coming months.
- Send a prayer or note of encouragement to our staff. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll be sure it gets printed out and shared with our clinical team. Or you can mail notes to 8600 Quioccasin Rd., Suite 101, Richmond, VA 23229 or 108 Cowardin Ave., Richmond, VA 23224.
- Do you sew? You can find instructions for making masks here. To coordinate drop-off, call (804) 655-2794, select your language, and then select option 6 to speak to a member of the staff.