It has been a remarkable year, and I am so incredibly proud of our staff, our Board, our volunteers, and our community for the resilience, strength, and gratitude we showed all year.
More than anything, I am proud to say that we have kept our youth and our staff safe. With all the new regulations, protocols, cleaning and sanitizing, altering our census and modifying crisis call and intake procedures, wearing masks and other PPE… we persevered. We kept our doors open for the kids who had nowhere else to turn. When schools closed and the lockdown shielded abused youth from watchful eyes, we were there. When families needed help navigating through the fear of food and housing insecurity, we were there.
We became proficient Zoom users. We incorporated telehealth into our clinical program and opened nonresidential counseling to teens and families in the community. We moved our parenting classes, teen drop-in group, and YLP meetings online. Board of Directors and staff meetings moved online. Our management team learned to work remotely. We said “you’re on mute” more than one can imagine. And we kept moving forward.
We provided hope and comfort and support to hundreds of youth and families in 2020, including 1,418 nights of keeping youth safely off the streets, all during extraordinary times. And we’ll keep doing it – every day – with the same dignity, respect, empowerment, and pride that Casa Youth Shelter is known for.
Thank you for your support, your compassion, your generosity, and for being an integral part of our team.
This article was released by Casa Youth Shelter.