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Back in May, we were able to distribute $135,000 to nine different Get Comfortable agency partners whose day-to-day operations had shifted dramatically as a result of COVID-19. Recently, we virtually caught up with Tracy Thompson, Director of Development at Mercy Health Center, to learn about the impact of the mid-disbursement funds.

If you’ve made a 2020 contribution to the Get Comfortable Fund, read on to understand the impact of your generosity.

How have Get Comfortable  funds been mobilized to serve your patients?

“Recently, we were contacted by a patient that was homeless due to losing his job because of serious illness. He was living in a friend’s pop-up camper. The camper did provide shelter but had no electricity, water, or bathroom/shower facilities. He also did not have transportation.

Through the mid-year Get Comfortable disbursement, we were able to provide gift cards for groceries, a small propane grill, medications, primary, specialty, and behavioral health visits, and a social worker who meets with him often to plug him into additional resources in our community. Working together with the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA), we were able to get him additional food resources. He is also awaiting a much-needed surgery.”

Were there any specific, measurable outcomes that resulted from the funds?

“Because of the funds, 167 low-income, uninsured patients received medical, dental, pharmacy, and behavioral health services.”

Many thanks to the team at Mercy Health Center who continue to do good and serve their community in meaningful ways. Keep pushing for Athens, and we will too!