Family Promise of Lawrence COVID-19 Update

December 29, 2020

Good afternoon,

The Family Promise of Lawrence staff and board leadership have been working hard throughout the pandemic to wisely respond to coronavirus crisis in our community. We have operated and adjusted our programs to mitigate risk of transmission of the virus. We adjusted the use of our Day Center, to minimize traffic in and out of the building, masks and social distancing are of course required, meetings are primarily by appointment only, and we have a strict cleaning protocol for each day and after each meeting.

We have been operating in our Phase III level of Response throughout the majority of the the COVID-19 crisis.

  • We are still actively working with clients in all our programs, Prevention, Diversion from Shelter, P515, Shelter, Temporary Housing, and Stabilization.
  • Our Day Center hours have been limited, but we have staff present primarily by appointment.
  • We have suspended our Congregation Rotation Program and families are sheltered in our Shelter in Place shelter program (SIP) – using a portion of the Temporary Housing units we have access to.  The hospitality rotation hosting congregations are providing the family meals for those in our SIP program.
  • Our direct case management meetings are continuing using remote and electronic communication tools where possible and in person with safety protocols.
  • Intakes are continuing through our Prevention, Diversion, Shelter and Stabilization Programs – helping families navigate the enormous complications and needs during this crisis
  • We are using our HUMI funding to help provide financial supports and case management guidance to help families move quickly into housing, or remain housed, as part of our Prevention Program.  We were using HSC – CARES funding and will continue to administer the HSC program once additional funding is secured.
  • We have adjusted our Temporary Housing Program, based on the needs in our community.  It is still a secondary program after a family has been enrolled in one of our other programs, and offers some additional stability for 1-3 months.

FPL has continued to operate and adapt throughout this difficult year.  Funds are urgently needed. Would you please consider additional financial support of our work at FPL during these difficult days? Our critical mission continues, to safely serve vulnerable children and their families.