Bonjour friends and thank you again for your curiosity about how best to help our most vulnerable populations at this time. As I mentioned in my first post from this series, our nonprofit partners are currently focused on triage around COVID19, providing for basic needs, and mitigating risk for their clients, volunteers and staff.
Today I’m sharing some information from our three partners along the east coast— in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida—about how you can help them right now.
New York: HousingPlus
What they do: HousingPlus provides community-based housing and comprehensive services to women, including women with children, to support them in overcoming poverty, homelessness, addiction, trauma, and the effects of incarceration, in order to build lives of stability, and to define and realize goals for themselves and for their families.
What they need now: Two apartments have been set up as respite centers in the event any woman in one of the HousingPlus shared living quarters exhibit signs of, or tests positive for coronavirus, and who may be in need of special care away from her house-mates for quarantine. While the hope us that the units are never needed, many women at HousingPlus falling into one or more of the high risk categories, so the organization must be ready.
Check out the graphic to view the ways you can support HousingPlus through their COVID19 fundraiser, and help by clicking here
Florida: Pathlight HOME
What they do: Pathlight HOME changes the lives of homeless and low-income Central Floridians by providing affordable housing and economic opportunities.
What they need now: So far in 2020, Pathlight HOME’s amazing volunteers have collectively donated 194 hours of their time! They have helped with everything from passing out food to painting buildings to providing haircuts to residents. In the temporary absence of these crucial volunteers, during COVID19, Pathlight HOME is requesting donations to help bolster services. Click here to donate.
Pennsylvania: Prevention Point
What they do: Prevention Point provides HIV and HCV testing, treatment and linkage to care. They also have a drop-in center to provide clients with a safe place to find shelter from the street and become linked to social and medical services and they host a Syringe Service Program— a major factor in reducing the number of new HIV infections in Philadelphia.
What they need now: Precautionary measures to combat COVID19 have meant that hot meal service has been suspended. Any packaged foods or beverages, and toiletries that you ship to Prevention Point will be much appreciated and urgently needed!. Click here to access Prevention Point’s Amazon Wish List.