Rapid Response Stories
Community Health & Wellness Center
SERVING THE COMMUNITY AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES
Thanks to the generous donation of funds from the Foundation for Community Health, our trained nursing staff has been able to assist our community with Fit Testing to ensure staff in one area nursing home were protected as they care for some of the most high-risk residents. In addition, funding from the Foundation for Community Health has helped us to secure additional telemedicine equipment including laptops and phones so that we can remain connected with our patients, continue to meet their healthcare needs and keep our staff safe.
At Community Health and Wellness Center (CHWC), we believe an important part of what we do is to seek ways to engage with the community and offer support. For instance, we initiated “To Your Good Health,” a free monthly lecture series at the Torrington Library, featuring different providers who talk about various aspects of health and wellness. Our nutritionist teaches a monthly “Watch, Taste and Learn” class at the Sullivan Senior Center and the Winsted Senior Center, where she prepares a healthy dish for the seniors, serves them the food, and hands out the recipes. We also participated in Produce Rx, a 16 week regional initiative which delivered fresh produce to those with food insecurities who often cannot afford healthy fresh produce. These are just a few examples of our outreach efforts.
Under these new, difficult circumstances we have taken other steps to serve the community.
Food insecurities are prevalent in the community we serve. On Wednesday, May 13th, we held a “Driving Away Hunger” event at our Torrington facility’s parking lot where we were able to purchase over $2,000 worth of nonperishable food items and necessities and fill 150 bags with the provisions, donating 50 of them to patients in the Ryan White Program. The other 100 were distributed to the first 100 people who drove or walked to our facility. Initially scheduled to run from 3 pm – 5 pm, the bags were claimed within 15 minutes, showing there is a pressing need.
CHWC also donated $500 to the Friends in Service to Humanity/FISH homeless shelter, along with some nonperishable food items, and another $500 to New Beginnings, a gathering place for people in need of housing as well as a safe place where they can take advantage of different services that aim to help them get employed and housed. Joanne Borduas presented the check to FISH executive director, Deirdre Houlihan DiCara, and two staff members.
CHWC conducted a day of COVID-19 testing on May 21 in partnership with the Department of Public Health and the National Guard. The testing was offered to first responders and CHWC patients, as well as to members of the community, at no charge.
For more information on the Community Health & Wellness Center, visit our website at http://www.chwctorr.org/