Madras COVID-19, flu vaccination clinic also serves as a block party and resource fair – Community News

Madras COVID-19, flu vaccination clinic also serves as a block party and resource fair

MADRAS, Oregon (KTVZ) — To improve access to vaccines and community resources, Thrive Central Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority recently held a Fiesta del Barrio — Community Block Party and Resource Fair — at an affordable housing in Madras, where many farmers, workers and their families.

The clinic, open to the wider Madras community, offered vaccinations against COVID-19 and flu. There was also a festive atmosphere with free tacos and horchata, a deejay and a piñata. Members of the Latino Community Association and the Oregon Child Development Coalition attended to support community members and distribute food parcels. “We appreciated being able to partner with local businesses and organizations that have made this event such a success,” said Sarah Mahnke, executive director of Thrive Central Oregon.

Earlier in the fall, Thrive joined forces with La Pine Veterans Outreach to offer a vaccination clinic at their commodities show. It was so popular that Thrive decided to create more opportunities to build a community while helping people protect themselves from COVID-19 and the flu.

Their next Community Block Party will take place Monday, December 13, from 3 to 6 p.m at the Rolling Sage Apartments in Madras.

“We are so grateful for the opportunity to provide vaccine information and resources to those we already have relationships with throughout Central Oregon,” Mahnke said. “These events give us another chance to meet people in person and provide them with the resources and care: vaccinations! – they are looking.”

Thrive was founded in 2015 and is based on the Social Worker in the Library model. This model enables Thrive to offer and promote their housing and resource services in public spaces – libraries, medical, housing and meal sites – to enable connection and hands-on assistance for those seeking stable housing, healthcare , work and basic needs such as laundry , clothing, furniture and animal care. Thrive also provides support to people with disabilities and works with veterans to identify veteran-specific support and services.

During the past fiscal year, Thrive met 2,867 single people and families in the communities they serve. They connected people with 6,723 applications, agencies, programs and resources to meet their needs.

Learn more about Thrive Central Oregon.