The global pandemic has left our entire community wondering what is next. We know financial recovery will take years for the people Interfaith works with. The individuals and families we work with, our neighbors, were struggling to make ends meet even before the pandemic.
We see the rising homelessness and housing instability impacting people greatly right now.
The lasting effects of the pandemic continue to amplify the instability so many of our neighbors are experiencing:
- Individuals want and need living wage jobs, but many lack the training and skills to fill open positions – our Employment Services team has stepped in.
- We are in a housing crisis: rents are high, vacancies are low, families are struggling to make their budgets work – our Case Management team has realigned to respond to those needs.
- Healthy foods are critical for wellness but expensive for families – we transformed our food shelf to better meet needs and stretch thin budgets.
This community has shown the awesome power in collective compassion, and that we have the heart and resources to help each other. Today’s challenges will be felt for years to come. If the pandemic has reinforced anything, it is this: we are on this human journey together.