The nonprofit needs supplies to distribute to homeless population during the hottest time of year
With Richmond already experiencing its first significant heat wave of the summer, and with more expected in August, Daily Planet Health Services (DPHS) is asking those who are able to donate bottled water and pre-packaged, single-serve snacks to the nonprofit. The supplies will be distributed directly to homeless living around Richmond, helping to ensure this population has the necessary resources to stay hydrated and nourished during the hottest part of the summer.
This week (July 27-31), a DPHS employee will be set up to receive donations in the parking lot of the 517 West Grace St parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to noon. If someone would like to donate water or snacks outside of that time, they can call the nonprofit at 804-783-2505 x 230 to set up a donation.
Close to 75 percent of DPHS’ patients are at or below the poverty level, and as the Healthcare for the Homeless Grantee, the nonprofit serves the region’s homeless. Typically, summer and winter months are the most difficult for these populations, but given the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, they now have even fewer resources available to them.
“With so many of the traditional places that our homeless population utilize to cool off and hydrate during the hot summer months – like libraries, restaurants and community centers – either closed or drastically limiting capacity, many are left without an avenue to escape the heat,” said Taylor Garrett, outreach coordinator at Daily Planet Health Services. “We’ve unfortunately already seen firsthand this summer the dire impact the heat can have on the homeless population, and we’re hopeful that the Richmond community can come together to help us get nourishment to those that need it most.”
About Daily Planet Health Services
Daily Planet Health Services’ (DPHS) mission is to provide accessible, comprehensive, and integrated quality health services to anyone regardless of their housing, financial or insurance status. DPHS is a Federally Qualified Health Center Healthcare for Homeless grantee, offering primary care, behavioral health, and dental services. DPHS also operates at Medical Respite program where people experiencing homelessness can stay for 30 days to recover after discharge from a local hospital system. DPHS welcomes individuals with Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance as well as those with no insurance. DPHS envisions a community where ALL are empowered to live healthy, enriched and stable lives. For more information visit dailyplanetva.org.