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New Haven County Medical Association Foundation partners up with DESK!

New Haven County Medical Association Foundation partners up with DESK!

Photo Caption: DESK’s DRC Program Manager, Evan Serio (center), accepting the donation from the NHCMA Foundation’s President,
Dr. Matthew Ellman (left), and Director, Meghan Leubner (right).

 

People experiencing homelessness are among the most vulnerable in our community. Researchers have estimated that the mortality rate of unhoused individuals is 3-6 times higher than their housed counterparts. DESK’s mission has always been to support our community by fulfilling basic needs and improving their overall well-being.

When we opened New Haven’s first Downtown Drop-in & Resource Center two and a half years ago, we consciously decided to co-locate several critical services under one roof. Funding from the New Haven County Medical Association Foundation will help us bolster the harm reduction and educational resources that we have historically provided. These funds signify an investment in DESK’s ability to offer evidence-based, life-saving services designed to reduce harm, improve health outcomes, and build lasting trust. 

Thank you to the New Haven County Medical Association Foundation for investing in our client’s continued health and well-being and for believing, as we do, that they are worth it.

In the News: SNAP/WIC, Narcan, & Student Homelessness

In the News: SNAP/WIC, Narcan, & Student Homelessness

NPR’s Morning Edition hit on three topics this morning that cover much of what we do at DESK: hunger, homelessness, and the opioid crisis.  Stay informed!  Take a few minutes to listen to these short pieces:

 

  1. Agriculture secretary says government shutdown would impact department’s programs: How will the looming government shutdown affect those who receive SNAP and WIC?  (Short answer: It could be catastrophic for families who depend on these programs.)
  2. Maine’s housing crisis contributes to a big increase in student homelessness Can short-term financial assistance through schools help families avoid eviction and homelessness?  (Short answer: Yes! Direct and immediate financial assistance has been proven to keep people housed.)
  3. An overdose drug is finally over-the-counter. Is that enough to stop the death toll?  Narcan is now available over-the-counter — but how accessible is it really to those who need it now?  (Short answer: With prices as high as $72 per box, Narcan is still unattainable from those most at risk of a deadly overdose.)