The Division of Hospital Medicine IDEAS Committee led efforts to raise money and supplies for the St. Louis Crisis Nursery Center. The mission of the DHM Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Allyship, and Social Justice (IDEAS) Committee is to encourage recruitment and retention of people of diverse backgrounds, facilitate discussion and awareness among colleagues regarding race, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, and gender equality issues, support a welcoming and inclusive workplace climate and improve patient care for the diverse community that we serve. The committee partnered with the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, WUMMA, and the IM and Pediatric Residency Programs. The goals for the drive was to 1) meet St. Louis Crisis Nursery supply needs and 2) increase racial representation of black and brown toys, books, and school supplies.
The St Louis Crisis Nursery offers shelter and haven to over 5000 children 0-12 for parents in distress completely for free. They also provide free clothes, formula/food, school supplies, and toys to families and children.
The St. Louis Crisis Nursery received $750, 17 boxes of diapers, and 3 full boxes of toys and books, thanks to the “Diaper, Toys, and Book Drive” by the Division of Hospital Medicine, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, WUMMA, IM Residency Program, and the Pediatric Residency Program.
- $750 pays rent for 7 families to prevent eviction
- Diapers go to families free of charge
- Toys and books had Black and Brown representation
Thank you to everyone for your donations and for helping our community!