Support Esperanza's Response to COVID-19
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap,
if we do not give up.” - Galatians 6:9 (ESV)

We have always been thankful for the dedicated and talented group of people God has brought here to work at Esperanza Health Center—and now, that appreciation is greater than ever. Our best efforts of planning for our future could not have prepared us for what we are facing now with the COVID-19 pandemic. Responding to this crisis while still providing ongoing care to our patients and community has required perseverance, flexibility, and deep commitment. 

Although we do grow weary, we persevere because God promises that we will reap in due season, as the scripture says. Esperanza has endured hardships before; almost a year ago we celebrated our 30 th anniversary and recalled God’s faithfulness through many difficult periods. Our history reminds us to persevere and we will, with God’s help. 

Flexibility is the name of the game as we make changes—sometimes daily—in how we provide care and add new services. Many of our patient visits are now done through telehealth, while others take place in the clinic with new procedures in place to keep everyone safe. We have added COVID-19 testing at all sites, including drive-through testing at our Hunting Park location, and outreach testing in Kensington. Our Community Health & Wellness department delivers food bags and checks in with members of our seniors’ group, which is unable to meet weekly like they used to. 

The commitment of our Esperanza family is inspiring. We recently entered into a partnership with Rock Ministries to provide free walk-up testing in a tent next to their building and close to our Kensington health center. We asked our staff to let us know if they want to serve there and the response was immediate. Jonathan Montenegro (photo below, C) said this about his commitment to work there: “At my interview 13 years ago, I said I would do whatever needs to be done and that hasn’t changed. That’s why I am here, there’s a need.”
Esperanza's Jonathan Montenegro (center) with coworkers preparing to test community members at our Kensington testing site operated in collaboration with Rock Ministries of Philadelphia
We are strengthened by your prayers and financial gifts— thank you! Your notes of encouragement, emails, and sharing our social media posts let us know that you are with us in this work. If you have not already, will you consider giving now to our COVID-19 Relief Fund by clicking on the link below? Your support helps us to not give up or grow weary.
Our Mission:
“Compelled by the love of God in Christ Jesus, in cooperation with the Church and others,  Esperanza Health Center  is a multi-cultural ministry providing holistic healthcare to the Latino and underserved communities
of Philadelphia.”