During this COVID-19 crisis, amid school and business closures and the mandate for social distancing in place, Family Promise Metrowest is continuing to provide shelter and support for the families in our programs. All families are routinely evaluated for any health concerns that may arise so that appropriate resources and treatment can be secured.
Day Center Operations: Our Day Center in Natick is now closed to the public and all staff are working remotely. Some employees are stopping into the office periodically to check mail and maintain facility operations. We are not accepting any donations of physical items at this time.
Shelter Program: The four families that were residing in our shelter were moved out of the congregational rotation and into an extended-stay hotel on March 17. One family has since found an apartment, and the other three are are also seeking community housing. Our shelter case manager is meeting remotely with all families each week to continue to work toward their goals, including managing their fluctuating budgets due to employment changes.
Transitional Living and LIFE Programs: The families in our Transitional Living and LIFE programs are all still safely housed in their apartments. Case managers are meeting remotely with these families to evaluate any needs arising due to changes in employment, income, and childcare. We are continuing to take calls from families seeking support through the LIFE program and have accepted two new families since the COVID crisis began.
Challenges Our Families Are Facing: Many of the families we support have lost their jobs or have had their work hours cut significantly. After all other avenues of support have been exhausted, we are providing subsidies to help our families pay their critical expenses so that they can keep their employment, vehicles, and/or apartments. We are also offering grocery store gift cards to supplement SNAP benefits and food pantry donations.
How to Help: We are accepting financial donations of any size to provide direct support to our families during this challenge, in addition to gift cards to Stop n’ Shop, Wegmans, or Market Basket in increments of $25. Donations can be made online on our Donate page, or mailed to our office at 6 Mulligan Street, Natick, MA 01760. Thank you!