Updated Sept. 15, 2020.
As the Coronavirus pandemic evolves, we at GMHC are actively working to support our clients. While our building may be closed, many of GMHC’s core programs and services remain active. Please note that we are delivering most all of our services remotely at this time, except where indicated.
We are continuously working to enhance and expand our services to make sure that our community members are well cared for, stable and staying safe. We know that our meals and pantry program is often a life-saving service, which is why we are excited to announce “GMHC on The Go” to make sure that our clients don’t have to choose between having a meal and risking their health. If you are a current GMHC client in need of food, please email MealsHelp@gmhc.org, so we can assess the best way we can help. Keep visiting this page for updates, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about how to receive GMHC services, connecting with GMHC staff, which agencies are open, general questions, and referrals.
Active Services and Contacts:
As the Coronavirus pandemic evolves, GMHC is actively working to support its clients. Many of GMHC’s core programs and services remain active. We are working on ways to continue to enhance and expand our services. The list below provides active client services and contact information for those services. For general questions related to services please email COVID@gmhc.org.
Staff are conducting virtual workshops and continually updating the HIV & Aging website with information on COVID-19: aginghiv.org
Contact: Nelly Maina, Director of ACRIA, email@example.com
Action Center staff are connecting with Action Center Members and will be co-sponsoring a virtual general body meeting with the Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) next week
Contact: Angel Soto, Senior Organizer, AngelS@gmhc.org, 929-387-2716
Staff are taking calls, advocating for clients with HASA, making referrals for services such as food, assisting clients to complete ADAP applications, and doing health insurance enrollments through the marketplace
Contact: Olivia Gaillard, Senior Health Navigator, firstname.lastname@example.org; 917-402-3251
Staff are checking in with clients who receive 1:1 services
Virtual group meetings will begin soon
Contact: Melvin Bruce, Director of Community Health, email@example.com
Consumer Advisory Board (CAB):
CAB staff and members are interconnecting and holding daily phone conferences. The CAB will be holding a virtual general body CAB meeting next week with The Action Center. Consumers concerns can be directed to the below listed contact person.
Contact: Anderson Solano, CAB Administrative Coordinator, AndersonS@gmhc.org, 212-367-1193
Staff are working 1:1 with clients over the phone
Checks will be administered to clients by mail, TD Bank card, or in person on pay dates
Contact: Dayana Flores, Senior Financial Management Case Worker,
Staff are checking in with enrolled clients
Contact: Michelle Lopez, Healthy Aging Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org
HOPWA Supportive Housing, HUD COC Housing and Safety in Housing:
Supportive Housing is providing 1:1 phone or webchat services to all housing clients
Contact: Daisy Guzman, Housing Case Manager, Daisyg@gmhc.org; 917-669-5499
Staff are taking calls and answering emails providing information, referrals, and support to those in need
Contact: Susan Rowley, Director of Hotline and Buddy Program, email@example.com
Staff are contacting clients in need of reassessments and conducting reassessments via phone. Staff will assess client needs and make referrals as appropriate both internally and externally.
Contact: Laverne Hayes, Director of Coordinated Care, firstname.lastname@example.org; 212-367-1133
Staff are providing legal services remotely through email and telephone
Civil Legal is able to conduct intakes, advise and counsel clients on most legal issues (housing, benefits, and entitlements) with the exception of estate planning (will, etc.) as documents need to be signed and there must be a witness. For clients in need of estate planning, please contact Jonathan for referrals
Contact: Jonathan Russo, Director of Civil Legal, email@example.com; 212-367-1326
Immigration staff are taking calls and scheduling appointments for May
Contact: Vishal Trivedi, Director of Immigration Services, firstname.lastname@example.org; 212-367-1308
Meals & Nutrition:
Nutrition counseling is continuing for clients by telephone
GMHC has launched “GMHC on The Go” to make sure that our clients don’t have to choose between having a meal and risking their health. If you are a current GMHC client in need of food, please email MealsHelp@gmhc.org, so we can assess the best way we can help you.
Mental Health and Substance Use Services:
Staff are conducting phone sessions with clients
Contact: Kipper Sanchez, Managing Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Services, email@example.com
The team is working on conducting a virtual town hall; details to follow
Contact: Brian Romero, Policy Associate and 2020 Census Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff are reaching out to Project Health clients to check in on them. Only clients enrolled in Project Health are eligible for follow-up
Contact: Angelo Trinidad, Transitional Benefits Counselor, email@example.com
Staff are calling clients in need of STI results and following up with clients who call the Testing Center and/or email staff.
We now offer clients free home HIV tests. Click here for more information. Staff will provide HIV education, counseling sessions, and referrals via phone.
Contact: Omi Singh, Director of Testing, firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff are reaching out to clients as well as completing service plans and providing emotional support.
Contact: Laverne Hayes, Director of Coordinated Care, email@example.com; 470-422-2249
A Resource Library will be maintained and updated of Wellness website and apps that clients can use to occupy their time and utilize Wellness activities options during this time
Contact: Donna Pine, Director of Client Wellness Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
Case management and retention services will continue with allowable “essential” Workforce Development clients based on the guidance from the City and State.
Staff will travel to clients to collect pay stubs and distribute MetroCards
Contact: April Watkins, Managing Director of Workforce Development,