What a Challenging Year!
We started out with good news, celebrating 10 years of service. When the pandemic began - we responded. As an Essential Service, we remain committed to those in need. We continued to help homeless families and those at risk of becoming homeless, and we thank you for your support of our program and all of the children and families we serve.
What happens when a single parent must work to pay rent but her young children have to stay home for remote school?
What happens when a family is temporarily staying with a relative but the relative sickens with Covid-19?
What happens when a parent loses their minimum wage job of $12 per hour with no savings?
Where do you get money to buy sanitizer, toilet paper and other supplies when the rent is due and you still need groceries?
We do not have all the answers but we are working toward solutions. We created a remote learning pod at the Day Center, with upgraded Internet, prepared breakfast and lunch, and a dedicated facilitator so that students can learn. We are donating groceries to formerly homeless families and others in need of food. We have distributed masks, hand sanitizer and cleaning products.
With our houses of worship closed, guests initially stayed at a local hotel and also at the Day Center. We have hired five additional employees to do what volunteers are unable to do at this time. We continue to help families find employment and stable housing.
All of this has stretched our budget.
Although the crisis has changed the way we operate, your support helps us to continue our mission of service to homeless families and those at risk of becoming homeless.
Please continue to partner with us as we respond to the crisis and serve our most vulnerable population, children and families.
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