COVID-19 has created unique challenges for sheltering people in a safe and dignified manner. REACH has supported a unique collaboration between House of Mercy, Open Door Mission, and REACH to shelter people in hotels to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19, especially for homeless individuals with underlying health conditions. REACH Managers and Social Workers have not stopped working on this project since the beginning of the pandemic. REACH is very pleased to report that we have helped to shelter well over 200 at-risk individuals during this time and permanently housed roughly 40% of those people. Most importantly; there were no known cases of COVID-19 in the shelter/hotels since the beginning of the pandemic. Since the week of Thanksgiving 2019 REACH has helped with 22,170 bed nights (bed night= 1 person 1 night).
This truly amazing run is not over. Unfortunately, REACH along with two other winter shelters, St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality and Dimitri House, will not be able to safely open as stand-alone shelters for this winter, so REACH is working to continue a collaboration with other providers to safely shelter people in hotels. In hotels, people can socially distance and isolate, as needed. REACH will look to support the hotel shelter with staff, social work, meal assistance, and supplies. REACH came into existence to ensure people had a dignified place to stay and the work continues; we appreciate all of your support. Watch the newsletter and Facebook for opportunities to assist REACH’s Mission this winter.