There is no denying that the pandemic has made all of our lives more challenging. Please imagine surviving this pandemic without a phone or a device that keeps you connected to the news, resources, health care and your loved ones; this is the reality for many marginalized clients. Based on a 2019 client survey results, more than 50% of SRCHC clients have an income of less than $25,000/year.
South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC) is putting out this call to action for donations of used cell phones and chargers. They will give these cell phones to clients in need and support their connections. Clients need phones to attend medical appointments, receive COVID test results, participate in group-based programs to promote social connections, as well as access information and support. “Clients need a way of connecting to holistic health and social services virtually to increase positive health outcomes”, says Jason Altenberg, CEO of South Riverdale Community Health Centre.
SRCHC is in need of used cell phones, SIM cards and chargers in working condition; please visit the website for more information www.srchc.ca/devicedrive. Donation bins are located outside our 2 Gower St. and 955 Queen St. East locations. For people who want to help, but do not have a used cell phone, we are looking for monetary donations to connect the phones to plans; please visit the SRCHC Canada Helps website.