Uncertain Times Call for an Extraordinary Response
Italian Home for Children was founded during the Spanish Flu Pandemic when people banded together to help children and families who had been affected by that devastating health crisis. Suddenly, a century later, we find ourselves called to once again help those who are experiencing trauma, isolation, fear, and helplessness during a time of a serious health crisis. While thankfully most of the people we serve have not had their health directly affected by the COVID-19 crisis, they continue to rely on us for vital services like residential care, social services, mental health treatment, and education. In fact, many of the children and adults we serve have already experienced traumatic experiences and complex challenges in their lives, so this situation is even more scary and upsetting, and thus we are needed now more than ever.
We are proud of our ability to keep most of our programs open right now because of our amazingly dedicated staff. The challenges right now are exposing and heightening their incredible generosity and kindness. We have children living in our dorms who need our positive and nurturing presence 24/7, families in the community relying on us to help ensure that they remain strong and together, and children in our school and after school programs who need our services to ensure that they have the opportunities they deserve. Delivering services during this crisis is very challenging, but we will step up to meet that challenge. Of course, we are using every precaution possible as far as sanitizers, protective equipment, and social distancing to keep everyone safe and healthy, including delivering some care remotely.