Thank you for attending our virtual Lunch Date fundraiser on April 6, and for your generous donations to help us defeat homelessness.
On April 1-2, DESC held vaccination clinics at our two largest shelters, Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center and the Red Lion Hotel in Renton. The Seattle Times visited Exhibition Hall during the second clinic. Here’s the story.
Our quick implementation of distancing and PPE protocols continues to pay off. From April 2020 through April 8, 2021, among the thousands of people DESC serves, we know of 196 clients who tested positive with COVID-19 and 65 staff members, a lower COVID rate than King County’s as a whole.
DESC’s Director of Nursing had a nice surprise on March 29: the agency’s order of 400 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine had arrived.
Continue reading “Unique vaccine program offers hope going forward”
In a new study, people experiencing homelessness and alcohol use disorder saw improved health while receiving both behavioral and medication treatment. During the three-month treatment, participants reported using less alcohol, suffering less harm from alcohol use and enjoying better physical health quality of life, according to the paper published March 10 in “Lancet.” Results plateaued when treatment ended.
The study’s lead author, Susan Collins, co-directs the Harm Reduction Research and Treatment (HaRRT) Center at the University of Washington School of Medicine.