Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare (DBA Barefoot Acupuncture Movement) offers support for humanitarian aid projects, both locally in the borderlands, and in Latin America, in response to violence, poverty, and human rights abuses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Barefoot Acupuncture Movement creates space for communities to build resilience at a local level. Our outreach at this time extends to refugees, the homeless and people struggling with addictions, trauma, poverty, and evictions.
History of the Solidarity Fund
The project has long been supported by Crossroads Acupuncture, started in an old building that used to be a jail in Downtown Las Cruces. From there we built our patient base from 1 patient a day (that first day we opened!) until, by the end of 2012, we were bringing together 100 patients per week. Since then, this clinic has been the primary funding source for our projects. Cultivating a team of over 400 volunteers throughout the Americas, together we have offered more than 90,000 treatments since then, offering care for migrants, refugees, people with addictions, military Veterans, the homeless, survivors of violence and trauma, and other underserved populations.
The Impact of Covid-19 on Our Work
This year, in 2020, Coronavirus has severely impaired our ability to function as a business and to help the community with healthcare. For three months, we made the heart-wrenching decision to suspend our clinic hours for acupuncture. We have no intention of abandoning our mission of making healthcare affordable and accessible to people of all income levels, even as the Coronavirus threatens our social fabric.
Our project has continued to offer support during this time to our students and volunteers through global technology which allows us to offer distance and telemedicine counseling, training, support, and team building. We have been able to resume acupuncture services at our clinic as of June 2020 but have only been able to operate at 20% capacity.
During this time, we have seen, by continuing to operate with online support groups, telemedicine, and webinars, that people need connection, support, and community more than ever.
Regardless of what happens in 2021, the Barefoot Acupuncture Movement will continue to use all the resources we have to create space for communities to build resilience at a local level. However, because our clinic is operating at a limited capacity, our primary revenue source is limited.
How Your Gift to the Solidarity Fund Helps
To allow the Barefoot Acupuncture Movement to thrive, we have established a Solidarity Relief Fund
to help us to keep our services open for the short term and to make sure our clinic is available to re-open in the long term. Without donations, Crossroads is at high risk of closing permanently. Your donations contribute to our work in supporting resilience building in response to the pandemic. This includes:
- The launch of our distance and online training for students;
- Telemedicine and video counseling sessions to low income, vulnerable and high-risk patients in our communities;
- Herbal delivery for patients needing support for respiratory problems, immunodeficiency, and for stress management; and
- Staffing for our operations, rent support, and shoring up emergency savings we may need to survive the years ahead.