As a 110-year-old agency, we have been through many times of uncertainty and fear — disasters, national crises, and more. Because of that experience, we are ready to adapt and meet the needs of those we serve. We have been actively working on the best way we can support our community and clients while operating safely as an agency. There is a tremendous amount of fear and reaction to the coronavirus across the US and the world. While we do need to act prudently, we also have a responsibility as part of our mission to provide service to those in need. This needs to be a time that we rise up and not give in to fear but continue to serve our clients to the best of our ability, while creatively finding ways to help them reach their bigger, brighter future.
What are we doing to help?
We are planning to move from serving roughly 1,200 individuals & families to adding at least 1,000 individuals & families in the coming year. Each family will be given resources and connected with other programs that will provide stability and guidance through this challenging time.
We are developing a plan to leverage resources to provide financial aid for rent and utility assistance for as many as we are able to in the community.
By way of our own Disaster Response Program Manager, we are chairing the regional Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), working with our City Manager and other non-profits to best cross-coordinate large-scale efforts.
How can you help?
Give today to ensure we are able to meet the needs of those we serve!
There will be many people in our community who will be in great need because they have lost their job, they are unable to access resources, or because their kids cannot go to school. This includes our clients, many of whom are already in a vulnerable position. Even clients in a more stable position are at-risk for major setbacks.
Our case managers will serve as a stabilizing force for these individuals and families during this time. They will be in-tune with their client’s specific situation, allowing them to mitigate the impact this pandemic will have on those we serve.
Can you help us support these individuals and families by donating?
This situation is urgent and right now, the impact of these gifts can be doubled. Use this site to donate and our partners at the Stand Together Foundation will match your gift dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000. The match is only till the end of April or funds run out, so don’t delay!