While no one is safe from COVID-19, homeless families are among the most vulnerable to the health and financial impacts of this crisis.
In response to the extraordinary and pressing needs COVID-19 has placed on homeless and at-risk families we serve, Upward Bound House has created a Family Emergency Fund.
During these incredibly challenging times, the demand for our services has grown and we anticipate it will continue to do so. The effects of this pandemic will not be short lived for any of us, but especially for families experiencing homelessness.
The Family Emergency Fund will provide support to help us meet a variety of needs: educational support for homeless children in our shelters through tablets, laptops and high-speed internet access; food access for families whose children are no longer eating breakfast and lunch at school through free or reduced food programs; safe and sanitary living conditions; emotional and mental wellness, the pandemic has caused fear, anxiety and uncertainty which threaten the wellbeing and functioning of the entire family; and other emerging needs such as child care, utility payments, transportation etc.
During this unprecedented moment in history, we are coming together to face a new test of our collective strength during the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it brings today and those to come.
Please join us in doing whatever it takes and stand together in helping homeless families confront this unprecedented crisis.