Greetings, PEPS family!
The last few weeks have been a wild ride for our community. It’s hard to believe that just two weeks ago we were sending out the message that we were putting a pause on in-person PEPS group meetings and pivoting to hosting virtual PEPS Groups instead. Our Development team was simultaneously sending out a message to 550+ guests that we were cancelling our annual fundraising Luncheon. Through these challenges, the PEPS Community has shown up in incredible ways.
Connecting parents to strengthen families and build community is our mission, and while our community is facing unprecedented challenges, that mission doesn’t change. Instead, it requires us to approach the work in new ways. On March 4, our Program team reached out to PEPS Group Leaders and many of them were ready and willing to switch gears and start leading groups remotely. Our team provided ideas and guidance for doing this and these Group Leaders have been sharing tips and tricks with one another on how to make it work. We know it’s not perfect and of course, we’d prefer in-person connection, but this situation calls for all of us to adapt in extraordinary ways.
Our Development team switched gears from planning an in-person event to rolling out a
. The PEPS Community responded and donated more than $85,000! THANK YOU! Some of this money came from folks who were planning to attend, and lots also came from people who heard about this situation and wanted to help. We still have a ways to go to reach our goal, and we are in awe of the generosity you’ve shown.
PEPS Staff, like everyone in the community, are now adjusting to this new normal; working from home and trying to find ways to build connection into their lives. As we move forward, we’ll continue to adapt and find creative ways to provide support and community during a time of social distancing. We’re fervently committed to being there for families and are grateful for all of you who support our work.