COVID-19 Impact on Mission- Response and Relief
Adversely Impacted Programs
BODY: HUNGER RELIEF
- Significant reduction in volunteer force and increased reliability on paid staff
- Closing the mission on two separate occasions for 10 days due to staff /volunteer exposure to a person with Covid-19
- Delays in staff receiving Covid-19 negative results before being able to come back to the campus
- Decrease in amount of food received from Feeding Tampa Bay during the months of Aug-Oct
- We moved our food pantry operations outdoors.
- Food distribution hours were shortened on Tuesdays to avoid heat from 8:30am-2pm to 7:30am-11:30am.
- Food distribution hours were added on Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
MIND: STEP UP FOR SUCCESS – MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
- Scholars struggled to transition to virtual learning.
- Support for scholars facing the pressure to drop out of school to provide income to parents affected by Covid-19.
- Disadvantages of accesibility to devices and data services (internet).
- Transitioning of mentoring sessions to zoom.
SPIRIT: WORSHIP & FAITH FORMATION
- Increased demand for pastoral care for families:
- affected by Covid-19 here in the U.S. of A.
- who lost loved ones due to Covid-19 in their countries of origin.
- Decrease attendance to worship services due to in-person policies.
- Decrease in offering giving due to the increase loss of jobs in the community.
“*Andrea was affected by the COVID-19 virus directly before getting infected. However, she was one who experienced no symptoms, for which she is thankful. Yet, she had to quarantine for the mandatory two weeks and could not work. Then, her children could no longer go to school in person, and with no one to be able to watch them, she could no longer work entirely. Another unfortunate event for Andrea, she fell and injured her hand so badly that surgery was required to fix her hand.”
Increase in number of people in need
79% Increase in our distributions of food, personal protection equipment (PPE), clothing, hygiene kits, household cleaning products, and other personal health products to farmworkers in the fields and to families in quarantine, isolation, or transportation challenged.
Farm visits that include food and essential items distributions increased from 2.8 a month to 5 visits per month.
Community Assistance Increase in 2020 (2021 Projected)
[Changes] in types of needs
Most urgent needs
- Food Distribution and Delivery for Transportation Disadvantaged
- Assistance with Access to Internet
- Diaper Need for Single Mothers who depend on Day Care to work and Day Care require mom’s provide this expensive and needed commodity.
*Vanessa, like many others, was barely getting through the pandemic when she started to experience car troubles. She is dependent on her vehicle to get to her job as a part-time VPK teacher, and when her car clutch broke down, she needed to fix that fast. Having to make the decision to pay for that before her mortgage payment, she was short on the full payment of her mortgage. It was then that she called Beth-El asking for financial assistance and food. *Vanessa is very appreciative for this help, and is hoping for no more car troubles so that she is able to continue to go to work.”
*Names have been changed to protect identity.
How [we] would use a grant of about $3,000?
These funds would allow us to keep our Case Manager for Q4 (Oct-Dec). This position we added temporarily to meet the demand of response to families in crisis. Currently our Case Manager works Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursdays for 24hrs a week.
The Case Manager supports our mission by:
- Responding live to our crisis hotline in Spanish and English
- Completing an intake process to create a profile for each household we serve
- Making recommendations for monetary or supplies assistance
- Coordinating delivery of food, clothing, other essential items
- Following up with families helped
- Providing information about services provided by other agencies and making referrals
Respectfully Prepared By: Teresita Matos-Post, Executive Director