Clinic business

GraceNow will host a vaccination clinic

May 7—On May 9, GraceNow, a food bank and clothing closet, will host a free vaccination clinic at 110 South Collins Street.

According to organizers, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, the COVID-19 vaccine and boosters will be offered along with hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccinations. The health department will attend the clinic.

It is recommended that participants bring their vaccination card with them to the clinic. If a number of vaccines are administered at the clinic, GraceNow is eligible to receive certain grants.

“If we get 15 to 25 people, we get $3,000 for the food bank. The more people you get, the more money you get,” GraceNow director Betty Plowman said.

GraceNow aims to establish a more personal relationship with its customers. They are open to the community on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Clothing and food are free for all who need it. According to representatives of the organization, 96% of GraceNow clients live below the poverty line.

“We’ve been in business for 22 years. A lot of people don’t know us in Richmond, we’re a small food bank. We build a relationship with our customers. You don’t just walk in and get a box of food , nobody says anything and you’re out,” Plowman said. “Nobody gets paid here, everybody volunteers.

Plowman knows firsthand the important role and impact the food bank can have on the community – she was a GraceNow client and started volunteering at the food bank after getting back on her feet.