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16 more coronavirus cases on Treasure Coast
The Treasure Coast today reported an additional 16 cases and one death caused by coronavirus.
Martin County had 10 additional cases, St. Lucie County had five and Indian River County two. St. Lucie County Monday night also reported the death of 76-year-old man, the seventh death in St. Lucie from the virus.
Today’s Hometown Hero is Kim Tolbert of Port St. Lucie, the program manager for Salvation Army’s House shelter for homeless women and children. She was nominated by Kim Johnson of Stuart, who wrote:
“Kim Tolbert … has always done incredible work, counseling the women in the shelter and helping them obtain stable jobs and housing. Since the pandemic hit, she has had to be even more of a mother-figure and mentor, taking steps to protect both residents and staff while offering reassurance and a calm presence even when she doesn't feel all that secure herself. She established social distancing boundaries and adopted new cleaning guidelines in the small shelter and assisted each struggling family as the mothers lost hard-to-find jobs and the children began online instruction. Even though she can't currently hug them, she works hard to make sure each family feels loved and secure.
“As Lt. Sheena Marquis, Corps Officer for the Salvation Army, explains, "Kim has always been an incredibly passionate and invested program manager at Compassion House. Since the emergence of COVID-19, however, she has gone above and beyond to ensure that both the staff and residents feel empowered to continue moving forward despite the challenges we are all facing. Even with a family of her own, two school aged children adapting to virtual learning, Kim has committed to an earlier shift at the shelter allowing the monitors to be on duty during hours that won’t conflict with the safe senior shopping as a majority of the staff is of that age category. She has been a reassuring voice and a calming presence to the residents and children at an already vulnerable time in their lives. Kim demonstrates time and again that she has a heart that truly cares about the women, children, and staff under her care. We’re blessed to have her as our program manager at Compassion House and an invaluable member of our team at The Salvation Army.”
Congratulations, Kim Tolbert!
Do you know somebody on the Treasure Coast who should be singled out for praise because of their actions during the coronavirus pandemic? Whether it’s a nurse at the local hospital, a volunteer at the local food bank or a grocery clerk going the extra mile, Treasure Coast Business and Indian River Magazine Inc. will help you sing their praises in our new online feature Hometown Heroes of the Treasure Coast. Visitwww.indianrivermagazine.com/hometown-heroes/
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