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A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REGARDING COVID-19

May 22, 2020

Dear Friends,

“The only thing that is constant is change.” Our staff has certainly been living this quote for the past few months as we have continued to meet the needs of our clients while adapting to ever-changing circumstances resulting from COVID-19. 

While everything seems different right now, one thing has not changed: our commitment to victims of domestic violence. We are preparing for the return of our families from a hotel back to the shelter. They will be restricted to their bedrooms which have been altered to better accommodate this challenging situation.  We will be installing a television, table and chairs, and a computer in each room. Other safety equipment has been installed in the shelter such as acrylic barriers and additional hand sanitizer stations. Meals will also be prepared by our staff and delivered to each family/client room. Finally, adult clients will no longer share a room; single rooms only will keep people safe and healthy.

Our community continues to step up in incredible ways to help us during this time. They have donated items from our Amazon Wish List; supported our Neat Repeats resale shops by window-shopping and ordering by phone for curbside pickup; and donated needed household items for families moving into Transitional Housing or Rapid Rehousing apartments.

I am truly grateful for the donations that are being made to our Spring Appeal, which benefits our Emergency Services Program. Funds from this program directly help clients with emergency needs such as rent assistance, car repairs, prescriptions, transportation and more. This program has been a lifesaver during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are so thankful for your support and look forward to the safe re-opening of our Neat Repeats resale stores, engaging with the community through special events and continuing to provide a safe haven to victims of domestic violence.

Be well,

Pam Kostecki

Executive Director

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