The Matthews House continues to navigate how to best serve our participants during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are determined to continue adapting our programs and methods to serve the community, while also making sure we are maintaining the health and safety of all our participants, volunteers, and staff.
We have reintroduced in-person, one-on-one case management. Our staff are taking the necessary precautions to promote the health and well-being of all parties.
Here’s a quick overview of the in-person academic learning programs we are now providing:
Homework Helpers- This program continues to run in-person groups of 10 to help students with their online learning at our Community Life Centers and Orchard Place. We have shifted hours and created two sessions per day to help more students. Our kiddos have access to snacks and lunch, a safe environment to socialize, and the opportunity to gain academic support with the help of our volunteers and staff.
Homework Helpers at CARE Housing- This new partnership stemmed from the desire to provide kiddos with fun and academic support. The program mimics HH and will continue to be available at all six CARE locations from this point forward.
Remote Learning Centers (RLC)- We created two RLC’s in collaboration with Poudre School District (PSD) and other community partners. Our First Pres location runs all day Mon-Thurs to give secondary students a place to work and receive help. Our Cloverleaf Community location runs Mon-Thurs afternoons. Our priority for both locations is serving students who qualify as homeless through the McKinney-Vento Act for homeless education. RLC’s will continue as PSD transitions back to in-person.
High School Learning Support- Our staff are working with priority population students in the school building during their remote learning days to help them attend classes and successfully prioritize and complete assignments.
We assure you that we are doing all we can to protect the community, our volunteers, and staff. We are cautiously moving forward, making sure to reevaluate at each step.
Our direct service staff and leadership team continues to work diligently to determine the needs of each of our participants. Our staff are connecting with their participants through calls, video calls, texting and emailing. Caring for our youth and families at this time only strengthens our awareness of the vulnerability they are experiencing on a daily basis. Immediate needs around housing support, employment support, food security, and basic necessities are emerging quickly as areas our families are needing support around.
During this unprecedented time, we feel responsible to keep you informed and share how our community can rally around the vulnerable populations we serve. Here are some of the ways The Matthews House has responded to COVID-19.
– All group activities are being held on Zoom calls (Experiential Education groups, Parent Cafés, etc.)
– One-on-one case management is continuing through telecommunications
– Homework Helpers is offering one at a time, one-on-one tutoring at our Community Life Center, so kid’s without internet access can work on their online schooling
– Our team is delivering food boxes & meals to youth and families
– We are able to offer limited rent/utilities assistance
– All participants, other nonprofits, and our community have access to a Resource Guide our team created. The guide includes information about food support, employment resources, medical needs, housing assistance, etc.
We have been filled with gratitude to see our community come together and people step into help! Restaurants have given meals, community members have put together care packages, donors are sewing masks for our staff and participants, and the list goes on.
If you have any questions about The Matthews House’s COVID-19 response please reach out to Cicely at firstname.lastname@example.org