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Higher Ground International

Higher Ground is working to ensure the behavioral and physical health of the vulnerable elders they serve.

“It’s been really challenging. We had to shut down our Sweetie Care Program very quickly, and then re-focus on how to still provide services,” Shemika Moore, program coordinator, says of the impact COVID-19 has had on the services Higher Ground provides to elders in the West African immigrant and refugee communities in Providence.

“The center (where the seniors had come three days per week) is their safe space, it’s their socialization. We’re now working to make sure their needs are met by staying in communication with them and delivering hot meals. There’s a real need for culturally-appropriate food and basic supplies like masks and cleaning supplies."

- Shemika Moore, program coordinator

She continues, “My role has gone from programming to more of a social work role, re-assuring the elders that we’re still here for them. We’re making weekly calls to check on people’s mental health and to make sure they get their medications, and we’re trying to keep them engaged and active.”

Higher Ground received a COVID-19 Response Fund grant for increased staffing needs and for its work to ensure the behavioral and physical health of the vulnerable elders they serve.