While our understanding of what community looks like in the midst of COVID-19 is challenged in unprecedented ways, the call to love our neighbors has never been clearer. Our building may be closed, but our team is still hard at work, connecting our clients with the right resources, praying for the community, and preparing to come out stronger on the other side of this.

Remote Service Coordination
The Service Coordination team is still serving clients, reaching out daily to listen to the trials the may be facing, and helping them access available resources.

 

SmartMoney Goes Online 

SmartMoney Financial Counselors, Michelle and Nicole, have brought their services online, assisting clients over the phone and through video calls with managing budgets, filing tax returns, and filing for unemployment claims. In addition, SmartMoney Workshops are still being integrated into the Per Scholas courses, as Michelle has been facilitating classes via Zoom to the classes in session.

 

Per Scholas Quickly Adapts to Remote Learning
Thanks to the fast-moving team at Per Scholas and the determined students, IT training courses have transitioned to remote learning. The Quality Assurance class that began at the end of February graduated four students last wee week, and IT Support and Network+ class is scheduled to graduate in May.

 

Volunteers Continue to Serve and Connect
In a typical month, we have around 100 volunteers serving over 850 hours. While things have looked different in the month of April, our volunteers are continuing to serve, supporting clients with groceries and conducting mock interviews remotely for Per Scholas students.  Alongside service, our volunteers are still connecting in various ways. The team has been meeting weekly over Zoom to pray and discuss different articles and podcasts. Last week, the Service Coordinator team joined in on a remote “Lunch & Learn” to share the community needs and prayer requests. We are so grateful for our amazing volunteers who continue to look for new and creative ways to love our neighbors!

 


We know that as we emerge from social distancing, the need for economic development in our community will be even greater than before. If you would like to support our neighbors in finding a path forward from this upheaval, please consider fueling our mission.