SIU LGBT Resource Center offers resource during coronavirus

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CARBONDALE — The Southern Illinois University LGBT Resource Center has listed options for students and community members impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in southern Illinois.

From the Facebook post:

Dearest LGBTQ Salukis and friends,

I hope so much that you and your chosen and blood families are well and staying that way. It seems like the world has much more than it’s share of worry right now so remember that this community has a lot of practice caring for one another. Keep your hearts and ears open to ways you can help while also keeping yourselves safe. If you’ve been caught in a tough spot please remember that you can ask for help! Use the Saluki Cares website to get an emergency food bag.

Also, The Saluki Food Pantry is open today and tomorrow from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. That’s located in the basement of the Student Center.

SIU has an email and toll free line for general questions from students and parents. You can email pandemicinfo@siu.edu or call 1-877-725-0006 to get directed to the Office of the Dean of Students.

I’ve contacted the pharmacy in Student Health Services and they’re prepped on what kinds of transfer needs you may have for any meds/hrt. Go to your local pharmacy and request a prescription transfer and they’ll contact us. Be patient with any clarifying questions they may have as some of our meds are controlled substances needing transferred across state lines and this is a very novel situation for us all. It might be tough, but you’re tougher.

Folks returning from outside the country and from California, Massachusetts, New York or Washington should self-quarantine for two weeks. Remember to practice responsible social distancing and wash your hands and use sunscreen and drink water. But remember to reach out. Social distancing doesn’t mean self-isolating. We have the magic of social media and telephones and I know you all know how to use them.

And get outside if you’re able! Even if it’s just to sit/stand for a bit. Go outside and look at the world and send out your best energy for a bit. Tell it you’ll do you everything you can to be safe and be ready to help when the time is right.

With very much love,
Vern

People can reach the Saluki Cares website here.

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