Recently, while virtually attending the 60th occurrence of the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH’s) Weekly Statewide Updates on COVID-19 and Homelessness, I was reminded how brutally the pandemic has stormed through homeless populations and shelters across the state, impacting individuals, families and the staff who serve them. Updates on the recent Delta Variant is that the “attack rate” is 75-80%, which means that 8 out of 10 who are unvaccinated and exposed will test positive with this new strain. This news invokes anxiety for our team members and community partners alike.
It’s difficult to calculate the amount of time and effort has been dedicated to such state and federal meetings, as well as our team’s time and energy spent to disseminate the ever-changing information and put into practice. Our staff has been diligent to put forth efforts to ensure the safety of those we serve and our co-workers, knowing that it will all come to pass and work itself out.
Partners for Housing’s philosophy has always been to empower people to make decisions. That means we inform, lay out options and ramifications, and provide support while our clients take ownership of decisions that are best for them. We encourage others, helping them see that they can overcome barriers. Time has shown us time and again that the struggles they face today will eventually become a distant memory. Getting vaccinated is no different.
While many are anxious about rounding the corner into Fall with a sense of fear of the unknown, we can be reminded that a little further around the corner, there will be better days ahead. We choose to remain positive and kind toward one another. Your generous support and encouragement inspire us to continue promoting success with our participants, focusing on better days ahead, and fighting against homelessness and other hurdles like pandemics.
I hope you enjoyed reading Gloria’s story, showcasing her hope and faith that it will all work out. We are grateful when our guests and clients allow themselves to become vulnerable and share their story. As our clients enter our shelters, engage in our transitional housing programs, and move into our permanent housing units – they hold out hope for a fresh start and a better life ahead.
For that we thank you and look forward to PARTNERING with you tomorrow and in the years to come. As an agency in transition with a need to vacate our office space, we have been focusing on affordable and appropriate space for our team, while reminding each other that it will turn out ok… and you can read on to find out more about our new home base. No matter what, we are prepared for the long journey ahead, because we know for the people we serve, things will work out for the good.
Wishing you health, joy, and stable housing!