Pivoting to Meet the Needs of Our Community
With your generous support, MOM continues to create and maintain stability for neighbors in our community during this challenging year. To do this most effectively, we must respond to our neighbors’ needs and continually adapt to the circumstances around us. The process of responding and adapting has been elevated to a new level this past year. We have all experienced significant change and faced challenges we never envisioned. Members of our community have suffered from illness, job and income loss, food and housing insecurity, loneliness, uncertainty and more. In response, we have worked hard to listen, to be flexible, and to come up with creative solutions to help families establish stability while keeping everyone safe.
We continue to make adjustments to the way we provide services. To minimize contact, our food pantry operates as a drive-thru service where visitors are given menus to choose the items they want and need. Our clothing closet offers warm winter clothes to families, with visits by appointment to control the number of visitors. Our volunteers continue to rise to the occasion, demonstrating flexibility and commitment. We have also formed new partnerships and strengthened existing ones to make resources stretch further and to better serve people in our community.
The need for change goes beyond finding new ways to meet the same needs. With the pandemic, the needs in our community have undergone shifts as well. We have seen families that have never used a food pantry come to MOM for the first time, while other families who were using MOM frequently have had new COVID-specific relief food options temporarily available to them. COVID and its associated economic challenges have had a profound impact on housing stability. In response, we have given out nearly twice as many funds to keep individuals and families in their homes as we did last year. This was made possible by a COVID-19 Relief Fund that we set up thanks to the generous donations of individuals and groups in our community. With finances strained for many families, we have seen needs rise in other areas such as personal hygiene supplies and utility assistance.
As we look toward the future, we feel concern but also hope. We know that the road to the end to this pandemic will be long and bumpy and we know that economic recovery for those we serve could take much longer. But if the last year has taught us anything, it’s that our best path forward is together. Thanks to your continued support, we are confident that MOM will be here in these uncertain months ahead, continuing to adapt to find the best ways to help our neighbors maintain stability.
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