Just as it affected the rest of the world, the arrival of COVID-19 significantly impacted CommonGround Ministry, our residents, and our at-large community members. Like so many others, we were forced to shift our methods of care.

Our immediate concern was ensuring the safety of the residents residing at Elena’s House as well as those members living in the broader community. This meant continuing to provide as many of our services as possible while maintaining social distancing. We also provided additional services that helped lower our population's contact with the general public.

Since March 2020, Elena’s House staff has been shopping and delivering groceries, personal care products, and cleaning products to our members who are at a high risk for contracting and experiencing severe complications from the Coronavirus. We have also been offering virtual group meetings and in-home case management. Additionally, we are providing supplemental transportation to medical appointments, lowering the need for our members to utilize public transportation. We have also assisted in providing virtual access to health care providers and case managers.

Our residents and group members demonstrated strength and resilience throughout this difficult year. Many of them have faced extreme social isolation on top of other obstacles. As the COVID-19 vaccine’s availability has increased, we are working to facilitate vaccinations for our members in hopes that our community can get back to some level of normalcy as soon as possible.

Since August 2001, over 100 individuals have made Elena’s House their home. Most of our residents have returned to independent living within the community, while some have passed away surrounded by people who loved and cared for them. We have been privileged to be a part of all of their remarkable stories.

Due to medical advancements and improved treatment, the need for the services we provide has evolved. As a result, as well in response to the changes we made over the last year due to the pandemic, we have decided to adjust our mission accordingly. This determination was reached by our Board of Directors after significant thought, discussion, and prayer. We are excited to announce that we will be “refashioning” Elena’s House into a Community Day Center.

Our doors will be open throughout the week for individuals living with HIV/AIDS to gather for meals, fellowship, support groups, meditation, guided art projects, and space for respite. We will be rededicating our five bedrooms to meet this new purpose:

  • A computer room to allow our members to utilize online resources or bring their own device and access complimentary Internet.
  • An exercise room that we hope will include a treadmill, stationary bike, free weights, and more.
  • A meditation room to give our members a calming space to reflect and pray.
  • As crafts have been a beloved activity among our groups for many years, we are thrilled to offer a craft room for our members to create and feel inspired.
  • A bedroom for anyone that needs a quiet place to rest.

We will continue our bi-monthly support groups, including meals, as well as offer support with case management and transportation to medical appointments.

It is because of you, our donors and supporters, that we are able to provide assistance to a community we deeply care about. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to continue this important work and for your enduring support as Elena’s House begins its next chapter.

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Construction meets the runway in Refashion for Life event Wednesday, August 23rd in Muskego (WDJT-TV Channel 58)

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