As an organization with a vision of our entire community working together to ensure families have a place to call home, food on the table, and opportunities to pursue their dreams, we realize we have a responsibility to support those most vulnerable in our community at this critical time. This enduring value guides us as we face the difficult challenge of responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Prior to this situation, our community was already facing food and housing insecurity, and these issues will only worsen over the coming days.
As a result, we are going to follow the recommendations by the CDPHE, CDC, and WHO to create social distancing. Monday, March 16 through Saturday, March 28 we will be instituting a reduced on-site presence with most of our staff working remotely. All events scheduled during this time will be postponed and all meetings will be conducted via phone or Zoom. We will continue to provide what we have deemed essential services (food, rental, and utility assistance) in-person during our typical Food Pantry hours (Mon.– Sat. 10am to 12pm) and will be taking extra precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of all.
Steps Towards Safety and Well-Being
- We are dividing our operations into essential and nonessential services/activities based on how they relate to addressing food and housing insecurity.
- We are deeming our food, rental, and utility assistance to be essential services. We will continue to provide these services in-person by staff and limited volunteers and in modified manners, i.e. handing out boxes of food, increased sanitizing practices, and observing social distancing practices during in-person meetings.
- We ask that all on-site volunteers suspend their duties and await further communication regarding their return on Monday, March 30.
- We ask that all food rescue volunteers continue their pick-ups through this next week and await further communication regarding next steps.
- We are deeming all other services/activities nonessential at this time. For these activities, staff will be conducting all work remotely.
Ways You Can Help
- Make a monetary contribution by clicking here, set up a fundraising page through Colorado Gives and ask your friends and family to give, or set up a monthly payment.
- Organize a virtual drive by asking your networks to compile items commonly needed in our Food Pantry to be delivered once we are back to normal capacity. Or, take part in Growing Home’s virtual food drive that will be launching next week.
- Take this opportunity to educate your family and friends about Growing Home by sharing your involvement on the social media channels you follow or feel free to share and like the content we will be communicating over the coming weeks.
We will continue to follow updates from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO), and will keep our community informed. For all of our updates, please continue to monitor your email, visit www.growinghome.org, or our social media channels. Also feel free to contact Karen Fox Elwell at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Thank you for being our partner during these unprecedented times as we work together to provide support to those in our community who need it most.