Covid-19 Information

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 covid@gmhc.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.

ACRIA:
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, nellyma@gmhc.org

Action Center:
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

Advocacy:
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, oliviag@gmhc.org; 917-402-3251

Community Health:

Staff are checking in with clients who receive 1:1 services
Virtual group meetings will begin soon

Contact: Melvin Bruce, Director of Community Health, melvinb@gmhc.org

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

Financial Management:
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,

dayanaf@gmhc.org

Healthy Aging:
Staff are checking in with enrolled clients

Contact: Michelle Lopez, Healthy Aging Specialist, michellel@gmhc.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

Hotline:
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, susanr@gmhc.org

Intake:

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, laverneh@gmhc.org; 212-367-1133

Legal Services:
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, legal@gmhc.org; 212-367-1326

Immigration: 
Immigration staff are taking calls and scheduling appointments for May

Contact: Vishal Trivedi, Director of Immigration Services, immigrationlegal@gmhc.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.

Contact: MealsHelp@gmhc.org
Josie Thiele, Assistant Director of Meals and Nutrition, josephinet@gmhc.org

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, kristobals@gmhc.org

PatientLeadNY:
The team is working on conducting a virtual town hall; details to follow

Contact: Brian Romero, Policy Associate and 2020 Census Manager, brianr@gmhc.org

Project Health:
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, angelot@gmhc.org

Testing:
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, omis@gmhc.org

Trans Equity:
Staff are reaching out to clients as well as completing service plans and providing emotional support.

Contact: Laverne Hayes, Director of Coordinated Care, laverneh@gmhc.org; 470-422-2249

Wellness:
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, donnap@gmhc.org

Writing Class

Writing Exercises

60-Minute Yoga Class

30-Minute Yoga Class

30-Minute Gentle Yoga

Stress Relief Yoga

20-Minute Pilates for Beginners

10-Minute Pilates Workout

25 Minute Pilates Workout

Beginner’s Meditation (Part 1)

Beginner’s Meditation (Part 2)

10-Minute Chakra Balance Meditation

Bedtime Meditation

Workforce Development:

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,
aprilw@gmhc.org