Please help us support our guests during this pandemic.
At present we are housing five families in our shelter apartments It's a bit of maneuvering to keep track of everyone without being able to come in contact with them!!! For the most part they are doing well and trying to cope with the situation that has been presented to us all!!!
Our monthly Program Management Committee meetings have stopped for now. Our case worker, chair of the PMC, and our executive director have been meeting weekly on Zoom. Notes are being taken and shared with the rest of the committee.
Our case worker is continuing to reach out to our families weekly or bi-weekly by way of phone or facetime. It is not the same as a one on one meeting but it is at least allowing us to check on their needs and make sure children are following through with their “internet” schooling. Our Exec. Director either texts or calls our guests two to three times a week as well to see how they are coping.
We had one scare. It was early in March. Shelter had a gathering to congratulate one of our guests who had just passed her Hi-Set and received her high school diploma. Probably 12 of us were present. Hugging, patting on the back, sharing food. Two weeks later she and her 9 year old presented with all the symptoms of COVID19. She and her three children self-quarantined. Thankfully last week she and her daughter were tested and they do not have the virus.
Our families are self-quarantining, going for walks, and trying to be creative in everything they do. One mother had to leave her job for lack of childcare. She is hoping the job will be waiting for her once things quiet down. Our other guests are continuing to work for companies that are essential, home schooling, and lucky to have flexible childcare.
Our guests are able to stay in our program for 8-12 months with Shelter paying for all rents and utilities. It has been necessary to give some of our families indefinite extensions until this pandemic subsides.
Our biggest fundraiser has been postponed and we do not know if we will be able to host it later this summer or not. We depend heavily on our fundraisers and grants. Many grants we have applied for have been either deferred or denied due to the virus.
We kindly ask you to support our guests and our program during this time so that we can provide day-to-day necessities for our families during this coronavirus crisis.