LIFRC -- Supports for the Entire Community Updates

posted 8 months ago by BarbaraLIFRC from Lopez Island Family Resource Center Labels: mortgage assistance rental utility food meal delivery counseling therapy stress check-in
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PROVIDING FOOD AND NOURISHMENT – WHILE SUPPORTING THE LOCAL ECONOMY:

  1. LIFRC’s Lopez Fresh and Grace Church Food Banks merged and have become a Delivery Food Bank that is providing dairy, eggs, soup, bread, produce and other non-perishable goods. We are currently delivering to 140 households and growing. Deliveries are every Tuesday and Friday. Please sign up at 360-468-4117 or Contessa@lifrc.org

  2. LIFRC is working with San Juan County, Lopez Island School District, Senior Services, Lopez Island Hospice and Home Care and other community organizations to implement Home Delivery for High Risk Vulnerable community members to be sure they have the food and other essential items they need. Contact Contessa@lifrc.org for more information

  3. Thanks to generous donors, LIFRC is partnering with Nineteen Local Restaurants and Farmers to buy food and produce from them to help support their businesses and our local economy, while simultaneously providing prepared healthy food to low-income vulnerable community members. Prepared meal deliveries are every Monday and Thursday. Contact Contessa@lifrc.org to sign up.

OTHER BASIC NEEDS:

  1. Staff are doing Phone Assessments of over 300 households we are currently serving as well as new households to identify what their immediate and longer term needs are. Have concerns about a community member? Give us a call and let us know or email at Contessa@lifrc.org

  2. Staff Continue to Help People enroll and maintain Basic Food Benefits, health insurance enrollments, provide mortgage, rent and utility assistance, and a variety of other supports. Call 360-468-4117 or email at Contessa@lifrc.org.

MAINTAINING SOCIAL CONNECTIONS – SUPPORTING EMOTIONAL HEALTH

  1. We are providing Check-in Calls for High Risk Vulnerable Individuals.

  2. We are coordinating with other community members to implement a Phone Buddy System for volunteers to connect with isolated individuals to have some socialization, get reassurance and make new friends. Interested, call community coordinator Martha Gooding at 214-287-3509.

  3. LIFRC is working with local therapists to provide remote counseling sessions for Individuals Needing Mental Health Supports to help them cope during this stressful time. For more information contact, Contessa@lifrc.org

  4. Open Source Wellness, a prevention/lifestyle medicine program, has shifted to remote gatherings to do a little movement together, practice some mindfulness, have a spark and then a group conversation, share gratitude, offers, requests and declarations and say goodnight. Contact Marjorie@lifrc.org to learn more.

  5. LIFRC is hosting a series of six – 60 minute Workshops to Deal with the Stress We are Facing with Trauma and Resiliency trainer, Teresa Posakony, Emerging Wisdom starting on April 6th to learn skills to stay calm and “avoid the panic zone” during this crisis. 60 participants maximum. Contact Barbara@lifrc.org to register. See the link to the handouts below:

  6. Our Youth Mentor Program and Girls Empowerment Group are continuing trainings and fun activities to stay connected online. Contact Patsy@lifrc.org or Susannah@lifrc.org to learn more.


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