Good afternoon, Donors, Supporters and Volunteers,

My goodness, what a week…

I want to assure you that the Family Promise of Lawrence staff and board leadership is working to wisely respond to the unfolding coronavirus crisis in our community.

We have moved to our Phase III level of response to the COVID-19 crisis. What does that mean for our programs and services?

* We are still actively working with clients in all our programs
* Our Day Center is closed except for limited hours, by appointment only
* We have suspended our Congregation Rotation Program and families are sheltered elsewhere with hosting congregations providing the family meals
* Our direct case management meetings are continuing using remote and electronic communication tools
* Intakes are continuing through our Diversion Program – helping families navigate the enormous complications and needs during this crisis
* We are using our HUMI funding to help provide financial and case management supports to help families move quickly into housing
* Each of our 13 Temporary Housing units is occupied with families

It is interesting to note that FPL initiated 2 programs in 2019. We are now relying on both of these programs to stay open and serve families through this crisis:
* HUMI – a national program actively helping families secure housing more promptly
* Diversion Program – a way to provide supports to new families navigating this crisis. Diversion gives us as a way to say yes we can help when our usual sheltering options are not feasible

I will write more about Diversion and HUMI in future newsletters. It is comforting to me though to look back over 2019 through the lens of this past week and realize that FPL is indeed uniquely positioned to respond and remain open to safely serve vulnerable children and their families.

Funds for this work are urgently needed. Would you please consider additional financial support of our work at FPL during these difficult days?

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