During this COVID-19 pandemic, schools are closed, millions of workers are losing their jobs and families are trying to cope with the stressors of crowded living spaces and insecurities around food, housing and money. Despite this, Horizons is continuing to provide the vital services our families need and deserve in new and innovative ways.
These unprecedented times are full of stress and uncertainty for all, yet our services provide some sense of consistency. Our mental health services are key to ensuring our community’s wellness while our leadership and empowerment programs continue to provide a safe space for youth to be heard. And technology is crucial to staying connected to each other, continuing essential programming and delivering services while also participating in self-care activities.
Unfortunately, many of our youth do not have access to the technology they need and are trying to stay connected and continue programming and classwork using the small screens on their cellphones which makes it almost impossible. While we are all practicing social distancing, services are not being held on site and therefore, youth do not have access to the equipment, technology, social activities, or the daily meals they would normally have during programming at our space.
“Our meals serve as a cultural ritual each day, where we break bread with one another and engage in dialogue,” says Executive Director, Celina Lucero.
Because of the COVID-19 crisis, many families are dealing with food and housing insecurities, overcrowding in their homes, and their education may be challenging and/or on hold due to the lack of technology. A large percentage of our families work in service industries which have been hardest hit during this pandemic and have lost their financial means to support their families.
During normal programming, our chef, Kimi prepares healthy, delicious meals for our families and youth. She owns a local catering business and the Shelter in Place is hurting her business while families are struggling to put food on the table.
To support both local businesses while ensuring our families have access to food, Horizons has arranged for Kimi to continue preparing her special recipes using strict sanitizing practices and delivering meals to the families’ homes while remaining socially distant!
Now more than ever, your assistance is needed to continue helping our families in need while supporting small, local businesses. A grant of $1,500 would go a long way to purchase and deliver food to our families and ensure they have hot, nutritious meals during the week.
Funds received would also go to purchase laptops for the students to ensure they have the technology they need to stay connected and even provide gift cards to pay their cell phone or internet bills.
Please consider helping our familia during these challenging times with a gift today
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