It can be frustrating to contact a client and find out that they don't need your assistance. Here's some background on why that may happen and what you can do.
There are two paths available to a client when they request food pick-up and delivery from Team Rubicon (TR):
Community Food Sources
Client cards with pre-filled instructions
Grocery Store Delivery
Client cards without pre-filled instructions
Because clients on the second path do not work with a Client Navigator before their request appears in the Roll Call #NHN map, it is possible that when you contact the client you will discover they made a mistake on their request. Some clients only required the financial assistance that had been provided by our partner the Patient Advocate Foundation to afford food. Some clients' situations may have changed since they submitted a request, or they may have forgotten about the request altogether. A third-party may have submitted the request on behalf of the client, so make sure to check if the primary contact is different than the client.
What to do if a client doesn't want your help
Make sure to introduce yourself and explain that you are with Team Rubicon and received a request they submitted for emergency food assistance. If the client isn't sure what you're talking about, explain that we are assisting with food pick-up and delivery for patients with certain medical conditions and at-risk due to Covid. You can explain the two options from above for how we can help.
If the client is interested in an alternative food source, the forthcoming changes to the Greyshirt Job Aid will explain how to handle these requests and be linked here when available.
If the client is not interested, thank them and enter those details in the client card and mark it "Complete" with reason "Client No Longer Needed Service".