As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to restrict the normal, many are forced to seek healthcare in an online setting. Adventure Works of DeKalb County sees approximately 70 clients per week. The challenge to meet in an online setting (telehealth) increases greatly with old and outdated equipment. Seeing the need to update equipment for their staff to perform ongoing meetings and sessions, Adventure Works applied for a DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation.
The request for funding was rewarded with a $2,500 grant in June 2020. Adventure Works was able to purchase two laptops, software, and a new scanner for members of the team who are performing the highest number of hours remotely. Along with telehealth, they are also able to provide in person services in an outdoor setting (weather permitting). This hybrid approach allows Adventure Works to meet the needs of their clients while maintaining distancing and safety protocols.
Ongoing needs include support for: outdated computer replacement and the addition of HIPAA compliant technology to communicate with clients. The mental health and social-emotional needs of community youth will also continue to rise as the county adjusts to a new normal, particularly around school and activities with peers. Adventure Works is reaching out to school social workers to best determine anticipated needs of students whether they are in or out of school.
Adventure Works of DeKalb County is dedicated to guiding youth in overcoming life challenges through adventure based counseling and education.
Thank you to the many donors whose gifts make grants like these possible! And thank you to the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund for the multiple grants that boosted the amount we were able to give in response to local needs.
Funding for this grant program is made possible by the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund, a new component pass through Fund created in collaboration with various local funding partners. The Fund’s purpose is to be a depository for contributions intended to respond to the effects of COVID-19 in DeKalb County by distributing grants that address preparedness, response, recovery, and/or rebuilding efforts.