As the Coronavirus is beginning to hit some areas of the country pretty hard, and those who have not yet felt the full impact are experiencing a sense of foreboding, I am reminded of one of the reasons why I love living in Reno. As a member of this community, I always get a front row seat to see the generosity, compassion, conviction and goodness of our fellow citizens.
Since realizing early on that this virus would be impacting our daily lives for an extended period of time, we have adjusted our school expectations and support, and now provide online computer programming training to our residents. We also started a Face Mask Making Project which has allowed us to continue our programming around Community Engagement while practicing social distancing. Since March 23rd, NYEP residents have helped make 500 masks. We have implemented a strict daily sanitization schedule (found here), and housing staff continue to go in daily to assist with wake ups, sanitizing and cleaning, meal preps, grocery orders, calendars, and other needs. Staff makes all offsite trips for essential supplies to further limit resident exposure.
I am asking you to please donate today to ensure we can continue to provide critical services like replenishing food supplies, paying for utilities, subsidizing additional transportation and personnel, and enabling tech-based efforts to keep our young residents progressing in their training for living wage jobs.
Your generosity will support NYEP’s continuity in services, so the young women in our community who have a desire to reroute their lives will have a place to do it at.