Agave Community Health & Wellness recognizes the devastating toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on many families across our community, which has placed a spotlight on the pre-existing health disparities that existed prior, with communities such as our nation's indigenous tribes being some of the hardest hit. We have started a Community Grant Fund to support individuals and families who are struggling during these challengenging times as a result of continued inequities.
Claudette White was a proud member of the Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe. She was a force in Indian Country, serving as a tribal judge and more recently, a newly-elected Tribal Council member. Claudette gained international attention for her role in the development of her tribe’s restorative justice court, as featured in PBS documentary “Tribal Justice.” She was a proud mother, a devoted sister, and a woman of faith. Sadly, Claudette, like many other indigenous people throughout the country, contracted COVID-19, and sucummbed to complications of the disease on 2/6/21.
Claudette was transitioning to her new job when her son Zion, a severe asthmatic, became ill with COVID-19. Like the loving mother she was, she took care of her “Sonnyboy” and then fell ill herself. As a result, she hadn't been able to work or make arrangements to take care of her monthly bills. Further, her family now faces the financial burdens that come with a long hospital stay and funeral expenses. Her family and friends are doing what they can to make sure that Claudette's family are financially secure, but it will not be enough.
Agave and Claudette's family are asking for any help that you can give. Whether you are able to donate $5 or $500, every bit makes a difference for Claudette's son and surviving family during this incredibly tragic time. Further, Claudette was a believer in the power of prayer, so all prayers and words of healing and encouragement for her family are appreciated. Let's elevate this family, and show them as much love as we all can.
All donations are tax deductible, and 100% of the proceeds from this Community Grant will go to Claudette directly.