In these unprecedented times, it is easy to become overwhelmed
with everything going on; between being inundated with negative news stories and not knowing what the future holds, it can often feel like too much.
This can be even harder for the families living at the shelter
, many of whom have had plans, like moving into their own homes, stalled. Many have lost their jobs, and the ones who are fortunate enough to have kept their jobs are having issues finding child care while kids are out of school. Clients are also stressed about staying healthy while having to go to work.
One of my clients, who is currently pregnant and is considered high risk, called me a few weeks ago inquiring about diapers. The client no longer had income and also had concerns about going into the community to look for diapers. Normally, the shelter is well-stocked with diapers, wipes, and other supplies needed for the clients, but with the pandemic raging, we realized we were going through our supplies faster than usual, and they were not being replenished at the same rate. After getting off the phone with my client, I immediately emailed my friends and family asking if they could support the shelter, and asked specifically for diaper and wipe donations. Many of them rushed to help. Off-hand, I decided to make a post on the neighborhood virtual bulletin board. I was not sure if people would see the post or want to help, but I figured it could not hurt to ask. The response was overwhelming.
Within 48 hours, I was inundated with neighbors wanting to donate diapers/wipes/baby supplies, offers to make face masks for the shelter, and inquiries about other ways people could help the families at the shelter.
It was so uplifting and heart-warming to see how the community came together to support My Sister’s Place. The outpouring of support reminded me of the resilience and compassion of our community, and that
even in the toughest of times, we will work to get through this crisis together.
*Written by Sara Feola, LGSW, Children’s Program Manager/Social Worker