b'Keeping the Human Connection StrongA disproportionate burden of COVID-19 infection combined with systemic racism, housing insecurity and ongoing lack of access to health care and other services put our Latinx and Black clients in a particularly vulnerable position. CCC staff at our culturally specific recovery and mental health programsPuentes and the Imani Centerknew stress, isolation and trauma often exacerbate substance use and mental illness.At Puentes, the teams offered virtual Spanish-language group recovery meetings. At Imani, it meant providing a safe space where clients could share their anger, fears and frustration during a tumultuous summer. All of CCCs recovery programs have continued to offer virtual support, in addition to physically distanced in-person meetings. All told, both programs served 356 clients in 2020.The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a surge in substance use, relapse and overdose, as well as challenges for those currently in recovery. CCCs medical providers and recovery staff responded with creativity and innovation, providing uninterrupted care and access to treatment.Maide Almeida, Alcohol and Drug Counselor at Puentes'