Jan 13, 2021

Shelterless in a Pandemic

Dear COHI Family,

Happy New Year! We've made it through the wreckage of 2020 and have finally entered a year where a vaccine and a return to (somewhat) normalcy is in sight.

But for our partners down in Puerto Rico, it's not that simple. The is still experiencing the effects of being ravaged by Hurricane Maria and the subsequent earthquakes. People are living without running water or electricity and some still don't have access to their own home. Even before the pandemic, this meant that our partner midwives and birthworkers were operating in dangerous conditions. The virus has only made that more severe.

That's why COHI is working to supply our partner birth clinic and its patients with the tools necessary to conduct telehealth work and, if an in-person visit is needed, the PPE supplies needed to make sure that both sides remain healthy and safe. Will you join us?

In gratitude,

COHI Staff & Board

Jan 12, 2021

COVID in a Crisis

Dear COHI Family,

We are so grateful to be emailing you in the age of the vaccine! The end of isolation is finally in our sights and we could not be more ready for it. 

Despite this historical news, the families COHI has been working with through the pandemic are not able to experience the same sense of relief. The pandemic has led to a disproportionate amount of the migrant and undocumented community experiencing hardship and illness. 

Without documentation, these families do not have insurance and are therefore deterred from seeking medical care. Even for those who are able to pay the cost, the fear of deportation keeps many of them from entering medical spaces. The economic effects of this pandemic are even worse. This population is over-represented in the jobs hit hardest by this depression: low-wage, service work.

That's why COHI's COVID-19 Fund will not disappear with the arrival of the vaccine. We will continue to address long-term impacts that will be felt within this community, through rental assistance, medical resources, mental health resources, legal assistance, and more.

Will you join us in helping your fellow humans?

In gratitude,

COHI Staff & Board

Dec 31, 2020

A Fund for All

Dear COHI Community,

Can you believe this year has come to a close? With all of the struggles and obstacles that came with it, we've also learned a lot of important lessons from this tumultuous 2020: to rely on community, to emphasize mutuality, and to encourage unity.

That's why COHI launched our COVID-19 Fund, a resource for undocumented women and children who have been harmed by the pandmeic and the economic devastation its caused. We've been able to cover the cost of legal fees for asylum seekers, rent for parents who've lost their jobs, wifi for children new to online learning, and medical visits for those afflicted by the coronavirus.

Without documentation, these families do not have insurance and are therefore deterred from seeking medical care. Even for those who are able to pay the cost, the fear of deportation keeps many of them from entering medical spaces. The economic effects of this pandemic are even worse. This population is over-represented in the jobs hit hardest by this depression: low-wage, service work.

That's why we'll be continuing our work into the new year to ensure that this vulnerable population is not overlooked. Will you join us in supporting those who are too often left behind?

In Gratitude,

COHI Staff & Board

 
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