Dear SAVE, Inc. Friends and Supporters:
I hope this finds you and yours healthy and safe. We’ve now been under this Shelter In Place Order for over a month and hopefully we only have a couple more weeks to go. While we’re looking forward to taking a step towards normal, obviously we don’t know what that will look like. With that said, SAVE, Inc. will strive to do what we’ve done for over thirty years and have continued to through the COVID-19 pandemic – provide comprehensive housing solutions to make sure everyone has a safe and stable home.
In the meantime, I wanted to give you an update on how we’ve been doing throughout this unprecedented time.
We’ve been doing our best to help our clients and residents maintain some sense of normalcy while we all navigate what has been a high stress, ever-changing environment. Due to reduced bus schedules and the need to keep our more susceptible residents from exposure due to potential crowding, transportation needs and requests have increased for our residents. We’re maintaining constant contact with them through written communications and daily door-to-door check-ins to insure both their physical and mental health status. We know that our clients need to be able to reserve their limited funds for food, so we’re supplying everyone with cleaning and hygiene supplies to help them keep their homes as clean as possible. Our supportive services staff helped our residents who qualified for the federal stimulus checks make sure they were appropriately registered with the IRS.
One thing has remained unchanged during this time: people still need housing. With that in mind, our staff continues to perform new client intakes and navigation for new housing and provide emergency support to keep people in their current housing. We also continue to provide assistance with rent, food and utilities. With the loss of employment that many are experiencing, this is a constant need. We expect that once the utility shutoff and eviction bans are lifted the demand for that assistance will skyrocket.
While PRIDE Haven has been temporarily closed, I’m happy to report that we were able to get five of the youth we were serving housed and several more connected to mental and physical health services. Our case managers have continued to work remotely with all of the youth to connect them to resources and make sure they are as safe as possible. We are looking forward to reopening the center very soon.
We were disappointed to have to reschedule our event, No Place Like Home: A Conversation with Jeanne White-Ginder, as that fundraiser provides us with operational funding to use throughout the year. However, we are pleased that we were able to confirm Jeanne’s appearance for May of 2021.
With Mayor Lucas’s announced plan to begin opening the city, we are reviewing our operations in order to make sure all of our staff and clients remain safe.
As always we want you to know what we’re doing to sustain the mission of SAVE, Inc. and all of the people we serve. We ask that you consider giving to SAVE, Inc. as we continue to provide housing and support to our most vulnerable citizens. Tuesday, May 5th is Giving Tuesday Now, a day of giving and solidarity designed as an emergency response to the unprecedented needs cause by COVID-19. We have created a Go Fund Me page to make it easy to support our clients and residents. If you’d like to donate to our efforts, please CLICK HERE.
I am deeply grateful to work with an amazing team who is dedicated to the welfare and security of the people we serve and that we have had no losses to the virus in our immediate community.
Thank you for your continued support of SAVE, Inc. I truly hope you stay safe and healthy.
Chief Executive Officer
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