COVID-19 has negatively impacted the people we serve at Women of Hope Resource Center (WOHRC). We have mothers and fathers who are now teachers trying to help their children learn while their schools are shut down. After the lessons are done they need things to do with their kids like: games, puzzles, coloring books, books to read, and any other activity a child would enjoy. Then there is the need to feed their children since there are no more school provided lunches and breakfasts. Many of those that we serve have become unemployed due to the enforced shut downs of many businesses. Unemployment has become backed up, so many are still waiting to receive their benefits. It has become a struggle for these parents to put food on the table, buy diapers, and they can’t even think about buying activities to keep their children occupied. We have been receiving calls for food and other supplies families need. We are giving parents referrals to local food pantries and looking for unique ways for them to keep their children occupied. Many of our clients are in recovery and everything going on in the world today is a huge stressor. When recoverees are stressed they are more susceptible to turn back to old familiar habits. We have stayed open and are still running our outpatient substance use disorder groups while following CDC guidelines. In order to accommodate those that do not feel comfortable in a group setting we are increasing the amount of individual sessions we are doing with them. We hope by continuing to operate during this pandemic our clients are encouraged to maintain their sobriety. Unfortunately, even though we are staying open to continue to provide hope to our clients, many have made the decision to put their treatment on hold or are no longer seek treatment. We have seen a drastic reduction in attendance. We have appointments available to do assessments on potential new clients, but currently 95% of those spots remain open. With our client roster dwindling and assessments being almost nonexistent we have been severely impacted financially. We know that once we get through these scary times there will be an increased demand for treatment services because many are turning to drugs and alcohol to dull the pain they are feeling right now. We also realize there will be a new normal after everything is said and done and we hope to be there for everyone in this new normal. To be available for everyone in the future we must survive the here and now and we are struggling to do so. Without your support WOHRC may not be able to continue all the services we currently provide. Please donate, so that together we can see and provide hope for tomorrow.