March 25, 2020
Due to the recent global health concerns and the increase in COVID-19 cases locally, we have decided to pause our Mobile Outreach Project unit, The Stigma Crusher. We will also put a pause on transporting participants to and from treatment and recovery services. We do not make decisions like this lightly, as we prioritize the health and safety of our team, and that of the populations we serve across suburban Cook, DuPage, Lake, and McHenry counties.
In the few short weeks since we launched the Mobile Outreach Project program, we have been privileged to meet many people who need our services for a variety of reasons. As harm reductionists, we believe it would be irresponsible of us to draw people – many of whom are high risk for infection – out of their homes to access our services. Instead, we will be offering a drop-off service with flexible hours to accommodate requests across the Chicagoland suburbs.
For those in need of safe supplies, we are asking you to do the following:
- Text or call 224-297-4393
- Tell us your location, including address (or the name of a building/store/service nearest you) city and zip code, and the types of supplies you need
- At that time, an outreach team member will attempt to schedule a phone or web call for harm reduction education and counseling. NOTE: This step is not mandatory to receive supplies.
- An outreach team member will put together your supply request using gloves and other safety precautions.
- A member of the team will coordinate drop off with you, leaving the bag of supplies at your requested location. They will text you when the supplies are delivered.
All other services are being provided via phone or web platform (Zoom and GoToMeeting), including:
- Peer recovery support services, including grief support and recovery coaching services
- Harm reduction education and counseling, including NARCAN training, for individuals and families
- Professional or group education and training on a vast array of topics
- Professional or group NARCAN training, including the Train-the-Trainer model
- Case management
- Treatment and recovery service navigation
- Advocacy and policy work
Please visit our website, live4lali.org, for more details. Lastly, please continue to follow Governor Pritzker’s shelter-in-place Executive Order for the safety of yourself and your loved ones, and in turn, all of us.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Director, Harm Reduction Outreach Services