Our Commitment to Our Youth and Families During the COVID-19 Outbreak
A message from our Executive Director, Kim Hatfield.
The COVID-19 developments have created an anxiety and uncertainty for
us all. In these times, we are more dedicated than ever to serving our
youth and providing the consistency and stability they rely on from
While we have not experienced any known direct exposure by our youth,
families or staff at this point, we are actively planning for potential
developments. We are also developing additional resources to help our
youth maintain positive social connections, continue to explore personal
growth and work toward academic success while the schools are closed.
We are a no matter what organization! As part of our
dedication to our children, despite any and all challenges, our local
and national teams have carefully mapped out a path for our Friends to
continue serving our kids and families now that schools are closed. This
*Our Friends are communicating with each child’s caregiver(s) to
assess basic needs and connect them with community resources to meet
those needs whenever possible.
*Friends are connecting with each child’s teacher to ensure continuity of academics.
*We are creating support kits of books, crayons, academic activities,
and games for our children and their siblings to utilize at home in
addition to providing online education resource links.
*We are actively preparing creative solutions to serve children remotely using technology.
We exist to walk alongside the children in our program with a
professional, consistent, stable adult presence. We remain more
committed than ever to ensuring that the relationships our Friends and
youth have remained strong. We are in a unique position to support our
youths’ families during good days and bad days, inside and outside of
school, and those efforts will never waiver.
Thank you for your support, which enables our service and your
continued commitment to our children and families! We will continue to
communicate programmatic updates as they become available.