Greater than 40 completely different nonprofits and companies got here collectively to assist individuals get a little bit more healthy.
CHESAPEAKE, Va. — “Ladies Wellness Wednesday” is all about serving to the neighborhood and it has a little bit little bit of all the pieces.
Greater than 40 distributors are providing sources starting from employment alternatives to well being screenings, to meals and childcare help.
“I believe it is fantastic,” Chesapeake resident Audrey Reid-Vick stated. “As a result of a number of issues individuals do not learn about and to be able to be proactive in your well being, it’s a must to get out and see issues, meet individuals, community, be taught issues.”
Sonya Abbott an Interpersonal Violence Advocate with the HOPE Program was one of many distributors there.
“It might be childcare, it might be meals, it might be housing,” Abbott stated. “You’ve gotten all these companies which can be obtainable to individuals that do not know that they are right here and it price them nothing to get these sources.”
She added, “We cope with sexual assault, home violence, and human intercourse trafficking… And we’re the one service of its sort right here within the metropolis of Chesapeake.”
One other vendor, Buffalow Household and Pals was providing free fruit and veggies.
“We’re in a meals desert,” CEO & Founder Nischelle Buffalow stated. “So it is our mission to carry the freshest meals into our neighborhood.”
Chesapeake Regional Healthcare is behind the occasion.
Registered Nurse Case Supervisor Sharon Blackwell stated her crew organized the occasion after noticing a pattern amongst sufferers who make frequent journeys to the emergency room.
“I broke these individuals down demographically and I discovered a big share of them come from South Norfolk and of these individuals, a number of them are girls,” Blackwell stated.
Blackwell additionally discovered that there are increased charges of power sickness and fewer entry to care in South Norfolk — in order that they needed to carry the sources to the neighborhood.
She stated general wellness is about extra than simply the medical facet, it is about elevating the standard of life.
“An individual’s well being standing encompasses all the pieces – their medical, their emotional, their psychological well being. And their high quality of life is elevated if we will enhance any of these points,” Blackwell stated.
“It may be a life-changing occasion. You already know, if only one individual comes by and is ready to get a greater job that lifts them out of poverty, or they discover out they’re eligible for childcare when earlier than they weren’t – that is a life-changing occasion for somebody.”
Ladies’s Wellness Wednesday is held on the primary Wednesday of every month on the Bainbridge Market Procuring Heart in Chesapeake from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
It is free for anybody to attend.
Writer’s Observe: The video beneath is on file from Jan. 16, 2020.