Planning for a "Rainy Day"
January was a tough month for many – with more than 850,000 furloughed workers across the United States, this crisis has been felt in our region by individuals and local businesses. While the partial government shutdown did not directly impact Fellowship Square – our subsidy payments from HUD had already been processed and received, thankfully – the impact did have an effect on local services that normally support our residents, such as food banks. Because of the increased demand for local charities and businesses to support furloughed workers, those people who had already been struggling, like Fellowship House residents, found that they were competing for these very limited resources and less was available for them.
Thankfully, our program partners came to the rescue and continued to provide the food distribution and other support our residents needed. But it’s easy to see how the increased demands on social services have depleted existing resources and will make it even harder to fulfill future needs.
Fellowship Square has always planned for a “rainy day.” By securing financial support and cultivating community partnerships with groups that can provide essential services, we have slowly built our resources to answer the call for help when our residents need it. The government shut-down is a reminder of how important our work is – and how important relationships with supporters like you are – because the next crises could be just around the corner.
I can’t express enough how deeply grateful we are to know that we have people we can call on to help us fulfill our mission. Thank you!