Since 1983, CrescentCare as NO/AIDS Task Force has been responding to the AIDS epidemic in the Gulf South region. As an organization, CrescentCare was prepared to respond to the recent COVID-19 pandemic using its years of expertise in responding to the AIDS crisis. CrescentCare mobilized its forces and rapidly moved to put procedures in place to lock down its facility and create an outdoor clinic in its facility at 1631 Elysian Fields to begin COVID testing. Non-medical employees were moved offsite to work at home. While most of the organization runs off of grants for being a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)and Ryan White funding for HIV, the facility was not prepared monitarily for the extra burden and costs associated with setting up a make-shift clinic, person protective equipment, hand sanitizers, absorbing costs of uninsured patients for COVID testing as well as trying to help our clients reeling from the aftermath of no longer having a steady income and struggling to survive to pay the rent, keep the lights on or eat every day.
While COVID has altered what we do and how we do it, we are still true to our mission of being an FQHC and keeping our doors open to all who seek medical care and COVID testing. Your dollars are important for us to keep our mission and our agency strong. Please consider donating to our cause. Our clients and our community thank you as well as our leadership and board of CrescentCare. New Orleans is resilent and strong. We will get through and hope if you can afford to do so, help us make a differnece in the community. Thank you!