Today, every El Pasoan has been affected by the pandemic in some way. Many have lost their jobs or been furloughed without pay, threatening those most vulnerable in our society. One of the groups most at risk by "social distancing" measures are domestic violence victims. Victims are isolated more than ever before, and have been at home with their abuser for longer periods of time. Domestic abuse cases have been on a troubling increase since the start of the pandemic.
- "Researchers expect 15,000,000 additional cases of domestic violence globally for every three months that lockdown ["stay at home" order] is extended."
- They also expect that there will be a “...disruption to violence prevention programs because of the pandemic and the diversion of resources elsewhere...”
At the same time, businesses everywhere are struggling to stay afloat as we adapt to new social norms. Restaurants are among those hit the hardest.
- Restaurant and bar employees make up 60% of jobs lost in March.
- Among the 20.5 million U.S. jobs lost in April, about 5.5 million of them were in the restaurant industry.
- Restaurants employ 15.1 million workers – and millions more up and down the food supply and delivery chain depend on them.
OVERALL GOAL: Please help us in supporting both domestic violence victims (women and children) who are seeking shelter at La Posada Home (click for more information or see below) and local El Paso restaurants! All proceeds will be used to purchase restaurant meals from local EP restaurants we all love, and having them delivered to La Posada Home.
FUNDRAISING GOAL: $8,000
This would feed a maximum of 57 women and children once a week for 14 weeks. It would also provide local restaurants with a potential $570 ($10/meal) of business per week for 14 weeks.
About La Posada Home:
La Posada Home has been serving women with children who are survivors of domestic violence since 1986. Their program provides shelter, along with long-term services to homeless women with children. They provide access to many services in the community, all geared toward creating a sense of autonomy, self-reliance, pride and self-worth. They enable these mothers to develop and accomplish long-term goals on their road to independence. Their capacity is 57 women and children. For more information: http://www.laposadahome.org/