Good Morning All.
We hope this finds you healthy and as well as can be with the incredible changes that are happening in our communities. It is such a challenging time and YES has needed to change our procedures to ensure that staff and participants stay as safe as is possible. So, the Nuts and Bolts:
The offices are now closed to all drop-ins but some appointments are possible if an emergent situation arises. YES is unable to take any physical donations to either building at this time. Sarah, and Kellie are taking care of administrative day to day business and Milo is working closely with the Department of Commerce and Youth 4 Youth programs to provide resources to providers and homeless youth.
Case management staff, Janina and Liz, are purchasing bulk food and delivering it to youth and their households. They are providing case management over the phone and through texts. They also now have a Facebook page just for youth and young adults, so that kids can keep in touch. They note that it is hard to be so separate from their participants and are concerned about youth mental health going forward.
On a happy note, we are astounded and grateful for the love our community has shown towards young people that are struggling through this crisis, even while they too are struggling.
The impact of this virus has pulled what security homeless and at-risk youth of our community had, out from underneath them. Already vulnerable, these kids are experiencing fear, depression and isolation. Families that have taken in young people are also struggling, many losing jobs and a way to put food on the table.
YES is putting food on the table for over 40 households per week currently, thanks to the continued support we are receiving from donors and philanthropic foundations. We have also been able to pay some rents and utility payments to divert young people from homelessness. We have provided phones and WiFi enabled tablets for youth to stay connected to school, friends, YES case managers, doctors and therapists. This is critical to stem feelings of being marginalized and alone.
Please stay safe and follow the guidelines that are being shared with us from the Department of Health.
From all of us at YES