Message from Fred Safstrom, CEO of Housing Hope & HopeWorks
Updated: March 13, 2020
These are unsettling times for all of us. While we diligently seek COVID-19 facts to inform our decisions, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) advises that it is also healthy to avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of the virus. Easier said than done, but I encourage listening to this good advice. To date, we are grateful that we have no confirmed COVID-19 infections among our staff members and residents.
At Housing Hope and HopeWorks, we have taken significant actions to slow the spread of this pandemic and protect our staff, residents, and children. In addition to communicating Snohomish County Health Department guidance to our staff and residents, we have taken these additional actions:
All staff with the capability of working from home are doing so.
Face-to-face meetings have been replaced with Zoom, Skype or telephone calls.
Staff members who continue to work in our administrative offices have been repositioned to achieve recommended social distancing.
Our administrative offices are closed to public visitation, although phone and email messages will be returned.
We canceled our East County Community of Hope fundraising dinner event and the Voices of Hope event in Stanwood has been postponed.
Tomorrow’s Hope Child Development Center will temporarily close. With the number of children in and out of the Center on a daily basis and given the nature of their work in close quarters, it is impossible to provide even a modicum of protection for our staff and children.
College of Hope will suspend most classes, but continue to operate remotely under agreements with Employment Security.
ReNewWorks Home and Decor will temporarily close.
Kindred Kitchen’s Cafe and Catering operations will be suspended.
GroundWorks Landscaping Services will remain open while continuing to exercise common-sense precautions.
These closures will be for two weeks starting March 16th, with week-to-week assessments taken after that to determine the right time for reopening.
Amidst all this, we are greatly encouraged by the unsolicited support we are receiving. Two significant gifts received this week through this website included these notes:
“Please use this donation wherever it's needed the most. I believe that generosity encourages even more generosity, and I believe in supporting my community” and “We are thinking about Housing Hope during this difficult time of COVID-19. Please let us know if there is something that we could help with during the next several months.”
These gifts and notes lifted our hearts. Your support is needed today more than ever. Perhaps you will be moved today to join these supporters to provide assistance at this critical time.
Thank you very much, and best wishes for good health to you.