The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges for many this year, and small nonprofit organizations are no exception. Many service organizations have continued to faithfully serve their clients throughout the pandemic and have had to find creative ways to do that safely. MAP International is honored to have made a new partnership with the Mary Bryant Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a supportive living community in Springfield, Illinois, that serves 35 blind and visually impaired residents.
The Mary Bryant Home is specifically designed to offer their residents a sense of community and a chance to live independently in a safe and secure home. When the pandemic hit the U.S., the medical staff at the home was not equipped with sufficient PPE (personal protective equipment) to continue serving their residents safely.
“We’re not a nursing home facility, we’re supportive living. But with the pandemic now, of course we have to wear a mask and face shields that we normally wouldn’t purchase. We’re a nonprofit so we didn’t have anything really to start with,” said Jane Homolka, the home’s Director of Nursing.
The staff struggled to find a medical supply company where they could purchase masks, gloves, and face shields, but most companies required them to buy in bulk, and as a nonprofit with a small medical budget, it was just too costly. Finally, they came across MAP International, who donated 12,000 procedure masks, 200 face shields, and 20 boxes of exam gloves to the facility.
Homolka says that so far, their residents have remained safe and healthy during the pandemic, and they are grateful for the donations from MAP that will help keep them that way! “Thank you, we appreciate everything you’re doing to help small organizations that are trying to survive out here,” she says.