The current crisis we are facing is a stark reminder that the work we do to heal, nurture, inspire, and to bring our communities together to confront injustice, is that much more critical. In response to the mandated calls to socially distance our most vulnerable people from the individuals and institutions they rely on for their health and wellness in Chicago and Atlanta, IMAN staff, leaders, and community members are continuing our efforts to fight the fear and isolation these new conditions may cause and find creative new ways to keep people connected and engaged.
While we, like most other institutions, have temporarily halted all public programs and gatherings, we are putting in place targeted ways to keep our communities connected:
Organizers are conducting regular check-in calls with leaders and community members;
Health Center staff is converting most in-person visits to telehealth encounters;
We are working with our community of artists to develop creative virtual opportunities both to inspire and help people cope with their circumstances but also to commission meaningful artistic performances and engagements;
Our Green ReEntry cohort is working remotely, with virtual check-ins and engagement opportunities;
Care packages are being constructed and will be delivered to our local senior living facilities, IMAN leadership homes, and community members;
IMAN’s street outreach team is still working to keep peace on the blocks throughout our neighborhoods in a time of even more heightened anxiety and tension;
And we are constantly devising ways to bring our various communities in closer proximity to each other’s experiences
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
*IMAN will be a distribution site in partnership with Chicago Beyond; delivery is also available.
Summary of nationwide COVID-19 cases