Highland Avenue hosts vaccination clinic

Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren in Elgin, Illinois hosted a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for the homeless community on June 12, 2021. The effort was the focus of an article in the Daily Herald, a newspaper covering the cities and suburbs west of Chicago.

The clinic provided the Johnson and Johnson one-shot vaccine, in conjunction with the weekly Soup Kettle that offers a free, hot meal every Saturday. Though intended for the homeless, the clinic was free to anyone wanting to be vaccinated.

Soup Kettle organizers sent cars to parks and other areas where the homeless typically gather, offering free rides to the clinic. Those vaccinated received snacks and beverages, a cash payment of $5, and were entered in a raffle for groceries.