In this current pandemic, more and more people have been contacting her for groceries and supplies.
“I have been able to give out at least 20,000-plus face-masks,” Chatman said. “We have given out several hundred bags of groceries. We have given out cleaning products such as bleach and Clorox wipes...hand sanitizers.”
Chatman said the situation is bringing people together, it’s also highlighting the inequalities in resources.
“It is a very heartbreaking situation,” Chatman said. “There are a lot of African Americans here in the Mississippi Delta that are suffering from COVID-19 and a lot of their family members are looking direction and looking for answers. It’s time for the black community to come together for real, for real.”
As the number of cases increase, the number of people have, too.
“When I think it’s going to get smaller, the donations keep coming in bigger than I could ever imagine,” Chatman said.
Chatman is collaborating with the Bolivar County Council on Aging, a transportation service.
The group's white vans can be seen in the area providing rides to work and medical appointments, and is one of the few public transportation services in the Delta.
Because of social distancing, access to those rides have decreased.
But LaShonda McKinney, executive director of the group, says the service is still helping those in need.
“I received a call from our local sheriff of Bolivar County,” McKinney said. “ It was mentioned that a senior was not able to get her medication because she did not have transportation, and because of the recommendations for them to stay inside. And from that conversation, we implemented our program for that."
This new way of doing business is keeping some residents employed at a time when many have lost their jobs. Shuttle drivers are now being paid to disinfect the shuttles that are still in-service.
“You know the job that we do, if we were not able to do this, a lot of people would not have access,” McKinney said.