As we move through these days and weeks, discovering our “new normals” it is important to maintain awareness about those for whom COVID is a credible threat to the meeting of basic needs. In the first post of this series, I shared “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” Chart, and highlighted the fact that what many of our most vulnerable populations are currently in danger of loosing is the very bottom of that pyramid, and called out the needs of our local partners in Austin. Since then, we’ve shared wish lists from our partners along the East Coast as well as Utah, Missouri and Tennessee.
In this, my final post in the series, I’m sharing something from each of our nonprofit partners up and down the West Coast—a large group, to be sure!
Los Angeles: Youth Emerging Stronger
What they do: For 35 years, YES has been respected advocates and leaders in ending youth homelessness and improving the county’s foster care system. Their programs serve homeless minor youth (ages 12-17) and transitional age youth (ages 18-24).
What they need now: Can you imagine sheltering-in-place at a youth homeless shelter? That’s what our friends at YES are doing right now. Current donations help them to fund safe and creative activities for the youth, and keep everyone healthy! Click here to donate.
Los Angeles: Skid Row Housing Trust
What they do: The Skid Row Housing Trust (the Trust) provides permanent supportive housing so that people who have experienced homelessness, prolonged extreme poverty, poor health, disabilities, mental illness and/or addiction can lead safe, stable lives in wellness.
What they need now: The Trust has set up a COVID response fund to help pay for things like thermometers, antibacterial soap and even phones to help clients stay connected while in isolation.
San Francisco: Homeless Youth Alliance
What they do: SF Homeless Youth Alliance develops relationships with youth and young adults aged 13-29 who live on the street in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco—an international destination for youth who come seeking refuge from abusive families, alienating foster care and group home situations, and juvenile justice system involvement. These homeless young people encounter constant threats to both their physical and mental health while on the streets.
What they need now: The Alliance is busier than ever and seeing record numbers, as the “Shelter In Place” mandate, people who do not have housing have no option but to continue to live on the streets putting them at increased risk. You can support these increased needs by making a donation: here.
San Francisco: Third Street Youth Center and Clinic
What they do: The 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic is a community based agency providing youth in Bayview Hunters Point with medical and behavioral health services that encourage them to make decisions that support their health, safety and development.
What they need now: The organization continues to be a fierce advocate for mental and physical health, throughout COVID. You can support their work: here.
San Francisco: SF Community Clinic Consortium
What they do: SFCCC works to ensure that people of all income levels have access to health care that is: comprehensive, coordinated, and efficient, culturally and linguistically appropriate, and focused on patient needs.
They provide primary care services to more than 10% of San Francisco’s population.
What they need now: While San Francisco’s Shelter-in-Place order is in effect and the clinic is closed, SFCCC is continuing to provide free urgent and preventive medical services to homeless San Franciscans through their Street Outreach Services (SOS) program. Make a donation to help the SOS team here.
Berkeley, CA: Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center
What they do: Homelessness is often the result of domestic violence, chronic illness, and/or the inability to make ends meet. Not surprisingly, women and their children are one of the most vulnerable demographics. Women's Daytime Drop-in Center supports these needs with special resources so families can stay safe while in transition.
What they need now: The Center will continue to remain open with modified services through the shelter in place order, offering free meals, groceries, and hygiene/cleaning products via the pickup window! They are requesting donations of surgical masks, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and gift cards to Target and Safeway. You can help provide these essentials by dropping them off, or you can shop their Amazon Wish List.
Northern California: Downtown Streets Team
What they do: Downtown Streets Team provides homeless and low-income men and women with opportunities to rebuild their lives through a volunteer program that builds skills and accountability. Team Members receive a non-cash stipend to help cover basic needs, and have access to acase management and employment services. The ultimate goal is to transition Team Members into employment because having a job restores hope and opens the door to other opportunities.
What they need now: The organization is continuing to supply team members with basic essentials and much needed support during COVID. Make a direct donation to help continue this work here.
Northern California: LSS of Northern California
What they do: LSS serves nearly 3,600 adults, former foster youth and families in their supportive housing programs located in Contra Costa, San Francisco, Sacramento, Shasta and San Joaquin counties.
What they need now: As providing housing services is essential, LSS will remain open. Now more than ever, the formerly homeless youth, families with children and seniors that LSS serves need help and support to remain safe and healthy, and to stay on their path to self-sufficiency. Current donations go directly to assist clients by purchasing and delivering bags of food and daily living essentials to their apartments.
Beaverton, Oregon: Domestic Violence Resource Center
What they do: Domestic Violence Resource Center educates, supports, and empowers survivors of domestic violence. Their mission is to educate, support, and empower survivors and their children who are affected by intimate partner violence by offering counseling, advocacy, shelter services, and community outreach.
What they need now: Shelter-in-place orders are causing an uptick in reports of domestic violence throughout the country and the work of organizations like DVRC is increasingly important. Support survivors here.
Our most vulnerable populations are currently at risk of loosing access to their basic physiological needs. COCObundle is currently evaluating the ways we can best help our nonprofit partners… in the meantime, please consider supporting their work directly.