COVID-19 Updates from our Executive Director:

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM UPDATES:

 

Women's Hearth:  

This week (August 3rd) the Women’s Hearth shifts to increased hours of operation. We are now open Sunday through Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

 

Our services are limited to maintain the health and safety of our program participants and staff. 

 

During our open hours, housing support specialists are available to work with women to help resolve homelessness and other housing stability issues. 

 

Hygiene products and other necessities are available through our “side-walk outreach” services. Showers are also available by appointment; sign up begins at 8:45 a.m. each morning. 

 

We will be hosting a 2nd Harvest Mobile Food bank on August 17th from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

 

If you have any questions or need further details, please don’t hesitate to call the Women’s Hearth at 509.455.4249. 

 

Update: 11:30am, 8/3/2020 

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Responsible Renter:  

 

Responsible Renter classes are being scheduled monthly. Please check for details at www.help4women.org/responsible-renters. Registration is now required and space is limited to maintain safety. 

 

Our August Responsible Renter Class offerings will be on Thursday, August 13th from 9:00am – 2:30pm and again on Thursday, August 20th from 9:00am – 2:30pm at The Women’s Hearth, 920 w 2nd ave. All three sections of the curriculum will be taught on each day. Please have participants arrive by 8:45amParticipants will need to pre-register for the class and there is a class size limit of 6 people. These classes will be for people identifying as women only, however this may change for the future classes. 

 

Spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Participants can register by email (responsiblerenter@help4women.org) or by calling 509-455-4249. Be sure to specify which day you are registering for. Please check our website (help4women.org/responsible-renters) for updates on when our next class will be.

 

Participants should expect the following when showing up to attend:

  • Upon entering the building, a mask will be provided for the participant, their temperature will be taken, and they will need to wash their hands. Their mask will need to be worn for the entirety of the class, but can be taken off if they go outside during breaks. If a participant is symptomatic or refuses to follow our health and safety guidelines, they will not be able to participate in the class that day.
  • During the class, participants will be sitting at tables, with 6+ feet distance between each other.
  • A light snack will be provided. Since it is an all-day class, participants are encouraged to bring their own food and drink.

Update: 3:00pm, 7/20/2020 

 

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New Leaf Café:

The New Leaf Café is now OPEN, with new hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-1:30pm.
 
 

Women's Hearth:  

The following are the hours and services that are being offered at The Women’s Hearth starting Monday June 15th. We will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9am to 1pm. We will be strictly limiting numbers of women in the building at one time and will scan for sickness and require hand washing and mask wearing.  The doors will be locked, so tell people to knock loudly or to call if they are outside. 

 

Services offered are: 

  • Showers, call or come by to schedule a shower, they will be limited in number so call or come by at 8:45am for the best opportunity.
  • Hygiene closet on request. We have lots of women’s underwear, socks and adult diapers and pads. If outreach folks need some, we are happy to share. 
  • Food as our pantry allows on request.
  • Case Management, call or come by anytime between 9am and 1pm. 
  • Help with Avista bills.

We are working on other services, and will keep you posted. Thank you all for being so great.

Update: 10:30am, 6/11/2020 

 
 
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EduCare

Coordinating with Licensor to be able to provide twelve hours of respite care for children a week to give the mothers some personal time to de-stress. The altered temporary program model will take into account staff shortages, Department of Health guidelines for childcare centers, and childcare for vulnerable children being deemed essential. 

 

Home Yard Cottages (HYC) 
Will be full again after move-ins this week. Families are doing well even through the challenges. We have been having an adjusted food bank weekly that allow residents to get much needed food, and keep up social distancing. We have staff on site daily M-F for limited hours to access supplies like TP, diapers, cleaning supplies, etc. Case managers are reaching out through the TextNow app. 

 

Transitional Living Center (TLC) 
Working with EduCare to provide some respite for the moms and kiddos. Families are still moving in as needed. We have been doing an adjusted food bank weekly, much like HYC. Residents are often reaching out to our Family Support Advocate to support them during this time. 

 

Miryam’s House 
Has at this time suspended new move-ins until we can do so safely. Staff is working on a 14-day quarantine protocol to keep the house healthy. New Leaf Kitchen has started making dinners for the women to minimize the number of people in the kitchen and working with the food. This has been very challenging time for our alums and residents. Case Managers have been reaching out using the Text Now App.