Catalyst - Fall 2020 Vol 3 No 1 | Page 17

What was it like in those early days where there was so much media attention on Albany, and everything was hitting at once? What was that like to navigate? I think the worst part was just not knowing. It came in such a fast way through a couple of funerals, and spread so quickly, that it caught everybody completely off guard. It also got in your head – all of a sudden, you go from a busy office, a busy community, all kinds of things going on to being in confinement. The other thing has been the craziness of all these shelves being empty. We didn’t feel safe in opening back up because we couldn’t get enough supplies to clean the office. We’re meticulous about that kind of thing— like you don’t use a copier without wiping it down, etc. We have a Proctor & Gamble plant here that makes a lot of those cleaning products, but there’s still a shortage all over the country, probably. That’s just another reason to say let’s hold up, let’s wait and see if this is a second wave or if right now people in other parts of the state getting what we had three months ago, and they’ll get a handle on it too. We’re going to continue to do what I think is in the best interest of our team and our patients: keep it running, keep it going well, but stay away from each other. Is there anything else you’d like to add about what Early Cares has been doing during this time? I do have a couple of notes about what we were able to do with our funds in Blakely that I think has made a huge different for that community. The first thing we did, was we knew that there was a need for food, utilities, rent, and those sorts of things. We got onto that with C-Hope Ministries, who are one of our partners in Early Cares. After that was completed, where we helped 75 families, we asked if there was another need. The churches were opening back up, and we decided the best thing we could do was to get the no contact infrared thermometers, and we bought thermometers to give to churches. That, I think, was extremely helpful for those organizations, especially now. Early County has had its own wave of COVID-19. We wanted to help in the prevention, not only getting over it, but helping with their financial situations of these families. There’s a real need for housing in that community, and we’re working on that as well. It just takes a lot longer to have impact in larger cities, so it’s encouraging I think for our team to be able to see some of their projects realized and the impact that they’re having through Early Cares on the community. That keeps you going. They have been taking the pride of ownership of this initiative, and it speaks well to that community. It also makes you realize how you can have a big impact in a community where people know people. It’s fun to be a part of that, and to hopefully be able to take that and turn it over to them at the end of this and see them flourish. 17