Harm Reduction During COVID-19

Our response to the pandemic.

Dear St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction Community,

In light of COVID-19, with the safety and well-being of our participants, visitors, staff, and overall community as our utmost priority, we would like to give you an update on our scope of services. To access this information in Spanish, please click here.

Our office is still open during normal business hours, but the majority of our congregate services have been temporarily suspended in order to align with federal, state, and city regulations and recommendations to reduce non-essential contact – this includes showers, groups, and The Sanctuary services.

Moving forward, and until further notice, we will provide the following services on an individualized basis:

  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be “grab and go”. Single pre-made food containers/bags will be distributed during our normal hours.
  • Syringe exchange will be available, as needed
  • Naloxone services will be available, as needed
  • Testing will be limited, but available
  • Outreach community services will continue
  • CADI extended hours will remain for individualized services (see throughout)
  • Case management for emergent situations
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) coordination and referrals will be available

In the coming days and weeks, we will stay in contact with our overall community by providing updates on our social media platforms via notices. While many of our services are temporarily interrupted, we are available via phone to assist in answering some questions or concerns you may have at (718) 585 – 5544:

  • Syringe Access extensions: 1023 and 1017
  • Ryan White extensions: 1029 and 1030
  • Syringe Access cell phone: (646) 678 – 2059
  • Women’s Services & Birth Justice extensions: 1019 and 1012
  • CADI services extension: 1007
  • Executive Management extensions: 1003, 1004, and 1006

During these critical times, please consider supporting our work by clicking here. We will continue to serve our communities as we did during the earlier HIV pandemic thirty years ago.

Please stay safe and united.

Warm regards,

Joyce Rivera ABD, MA / Founder & CEO

& The SACHR Team

Supplying Essential Services to the Bronx

Feminine Kits

All women deserve access to feminine hygiene products. To help with this, we are distributing free feminine kits which include tampons and pads.

Grab & Go Meals

Offering free pre-packed meals has allowed us to continue feeding our community while allowing for social distancing regulations.

Safe Sex Kits

One of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is that protective resources can be more difficult than usual to find. We are committed to filling the gap.

Personal Protective Equipment

Many marginalized populations, especially the homeless have a harder time accessing PPE, which puts them at greater risk for infection. We provide access to these resources.

Overdose Prevention

With healthcare resources strained by COVID-19, overdose is an even greater danger. Every day we provide lifesaving materials and training to combat this epidemic.

Remote Counseling

We are leveraging technology to allow our case managers to stay in contact with our participants despite social distancing.

Neighborhood Outreach

Our efforts began on the streets 30 years ago, and we continue to send teams out to offer free supplies, information, and other resources to community residents.

Syringe Access Services

Providing life saving harm reduction equipment to our community directly prevents a spike in HIV and hep C cases, along with other infections.