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Family Promise of Southern Chester County COVID 19

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Dear Family Promise Friends,
 
This is a difficult and challenging time for Family Promise of Southern Chester County. We are committed to continue the care and support of our participant families with children (one, a 4-month old infant.) We know as well, how difficult this is for you and your families. Working in conjunction with our church partners, Chester County Health Department, and other County leadership we have been able to rapidly adjust to this evolving situation. 
 
Following is our COVID-19 plan:
  •  Effective March 22, 2020, FPSCC will pause our rotational shelter program, in order to protect our participants, volunteers and community. Our amazing church partners sought to continue to serve the families in the face of extraordinary challenges. Following CDC guidelines for prevention of the COVID-19 virus, we felt compelled to create new plans without the rotational shelter. The health of our volunteers and church partners is paramount. It is our hope that we will be able to restart the rotational shelter program in 60 days, but all is unknown right now.
  • We have developed new, short-term alternatives, foremost is providing safe shelter for the families in a hotel. Hotels in PA are closed and so we have arranged rooms for each family in Delaware in a long-term stay hotel which includes small kitchens. We continue to seek permanent housing or a public/church building as a temporary shelter as a fail-safe solution.
  •  From our Resource Center, we will transport food and other necessities to our participants. Our Family Service Manger will continue to provide comprehensive case management services.
If you have the ability to help, we would be so grateful. Here are some immediate needs:
  1.  Please consider purchasing Gift Cards for Acme, Aldi, or Shop Rite that we can provide to our families for use near their hotel. We hope to get additional food from the CC Foodbank to support the families.
  2. Are you able to help us locate difficult to find items such as Similac Pro-Total Comfort (it must be that exact formula), baby wipes, and diapers? Other items will be communicated to the church coordinators. Items can be delivered to the Resource Center. To ensure your safety, you do not have to enter the building—just ring the bell.
  3. Housing families in a hotel will add an unplanned cost of approximately $8,000 per month. This additional cost, in conjunction with the loss of income from our largest fundraising event, significantly impacts our organizational finances. We hope any individual, organization, or church with the capacity to help meet this dramatic funding shortfall will consider a donation.This would help offset the emergency costs incurred. 
Please let us know if you have any questions.

We are pleased to announce that Renna Van Oot has been hired as Interim Executive Director as of Monday March 23, 2020. Revised contact information below:

FPSCC Office Phone:610-444-0400

Renna Van Oot - Interim ED - Cell: 302-476-1034 ED@familypromisescc.org

Antoinette Gomez - Family Service Manager - Cell: 484-473-3972  agomez@familypromisescc.org

Our Board, staff and the families that you have compassionately helped extend our deepest gratitude.
 
Warmest Regards,
 
Bill Carl, Management Team Leader
Kim Zuleba, Board President
Burt Rothenberger, Board Vice President