We are navigating through uncharted waters, and all of us are pulling together whatever resources we have to find our way through.
Every facet of our lives—both professional and personal—has been impacted by the coronavirus precautions and social distancing. Like others in our community and across the country, we have closed our building and cancelled public programs and events for the next four weeks. (Read more
Whether working remotely or in our domestic violence shelter, our staff is continuing to serve our community, and we are working hard to find new and innovative ways of delivering services and programming. These include:
- on site support for survivors in our shelter and longer-term housing (Bridges)
- voice and video counseling for domestic violence survivors in the community
- financial coaching for shelter, Bridges, and community clients
- phone-based housing, employment support and legal advocacy
- online learning for YW Culinary participants
Every upheaval we are experiencing disproportionately impacts those with the least resources, not the least of which are survivors of domestic violence. And we know that for survivors, home is often not a safe place to retreat to. While we are not able to accept new residents, our shelter and longer-term housing for survivors remain open and our staff remains ready to help with counseling, support, resources, and referrals.
It is these times when every one of us is under threat that we discover how profoundly connected we are, and unless we take care of all members of our community, we are not changing course.
Today, we recognize most profoundly that we are ALL vulnerable. We have a deeper, more real empathy and sense of shared humanity. Let's continue to work together to rise to the occasion and meet the challenges before us.
Take care of one another and be well,