"Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness." 
- Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM
Every hour, every day

For almost 50 years, WISE has supported survivors in times of stress and crisis. Our highly skilled advocates are able to respond and adapt to whatever circumstances arise.

Although these are not exactly usual times, we assure you that we are always available to support survivors within our community. It is an isolating time for everyone, and will likely create additional stress for survivors. We will continue to support survivors 24-hours a day and are operating as usual with adaptations.

We are so grateful to the many medical professionals and first responders as they are working long hours and operating under difficult situations. And we appreciate you, our WISE community. It is because of your support over the years that help ensure that we can be available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
In community together

As we transition to working remotely, our creative and WISE staff are keeping in community together while practicing social distancing.

In the morning, our Prevention and Education team, or as we like to call them the PEP Squad, offers readings or videos to supplement our work day and keep us connected as a team. Around lunchtime, the pictures start. On the first day, we shared photos of our "furry co-workers." On the second day, we shared our lunches!

At 4:30 pm, we receive an encouraging email from our Executive Director, Peggy O'Neil. Last night, Peggy wrote " I continue to be amazed and appreciative of how each of you, separately and together, are figuring out our new normal at WISE and balancing personal and family responsibilities. "

We encourage all of you to search for creative ways to keep connected with your colleagues, friends, and family members. We can still be in community together.
Many thanks to Jenny Williams, WISE Board President, for sharing this beautiful and relevant poem.

by Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM
March 13th 2020  

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
We're hiring!

Prevention and Education Program Educator Click here to learn more .
Youth Advocacy Coordinator Click here to learn more .

Interested? To apply for these positions, please send a cover letter and resume to Peggy O'Neil, Executive Director .
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