Apr 30, 2020

Serving People in Need While Preventing the Spread

As we continue with daily life while abiding by best practices to avoid COVID-19 spread, we’re all experiencing major shifts in communication. Instead of gatherings with family and friends, many have turned to technology to stay safe and connected.

This shift has also created a lot of change for many of our nonprofit partners who serve the basic needs of low income populations. 

For example, at the Winnebago County Health Department Public Health Supervisor Alana Erickson said all communications have shifted virtually, and WIC participants are being referred to 2-1-1 resources if in need of items not provided via those benefits. 

In Oconto County, our partners at Kingdom Come say drive-thru operations add a layer of difficulty to providing supplies that families need. For example, Belinda of Kingdom Come said she regularly spoke with families about diaper need when they would come in to pick up their supplies – something that isn’t happening right now.

“The biggest struggle is not hearing from our clients. Because we are serving more families, and the drive-thru style of food distribution does not lend itself to time to talk, we were not able to discuss particular client needs or changes to this first diaper distribution. (Typically) clients would talk to me about size changes or problem-solving based on our available products,” she said. “That is disrupted now, and will be increasingly disrupted with each month we continue to need to limit and control spacial contact with our clients.”

Belinda said hopes to be able to make assumptions about diaper size needs based on what she knows about the child, but at the end of the day right now is about just adapting to get by and make things work.

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Apr 17, 2020

Helping Haiti in times of Covid-19

I'm writing to share with you a letter from Casey at Real Hope for Haiti. Over the past seven years, thanks to you, we've been able to supply Real Hope with cloth diapers for the babies in the Rescue Center and for families Real Hope for Haiti receiving pre & post natal care. With diaper need met by you, they are able to focus on other basic needs and providing life-saving care. 

COVID-19 is a top concern for our communities, our countries, and the entire world. Whether you are in Haiti or the US or any other country in the world, there is uncertainty all around us. Typically, we make an appeal to you when we face a crisis here in Haiti, whether it be famine, flood, earthquake, or cholera. This is a unique time where we all face this test, no matter which passport we hold or which economic class we are in.

We are all distracted by the news and tracking these developments. Each of us is navigating changes in work and worship day by day. In just a short time, “the norm” has become a seemingly distant memory, and none of us know if and when this -new normal- will end.

We do know our work in Haiti should continue. We do know that our staff is committed to providing life saving care and critical education/ support to some of the most underserved people in one of the most underserved populations in the world. We know our patients need medicines, the malnourished children in the RC need medika mamba and food  to recover. We know we need to maintain our payroll to ensure these services are provided by the competent and caring staff at RHFH.

The services we provide have expanded over the years. We maintain as low of an overhead cost as we know how, and we find each service we provide to be essential. As is the case in most organizations that work in a context like Haiti, the margins are very thin for us. We are not sitting on an endowment that can float us during this pandemic. The population we serve cannot afford to pay for the majority of the services we provide. The fruit that RHFH bears for the kingdom of God relies on the power of God, the sweat of our staff, and the generosity of people like you.

We also know many of you understand the impact your gifts have in saving and sustaining lives in Cazale and surrounding villages. We appreciate the fact that many of you already give sacrificially to sustain the work of RHFH. We realize times are tough. We acknowledge that some of you have lost your jobs recently, other’s employment situations are tenuous at best. We are aware many retirement funds have taken massive blows. We understand absolutely if you are unable to give at this time. We are thankful for all you have done for the Haitian people. We would like the opportunity to pray for and encourage you, as you have so often done for us. (Email prayer requests to prayer@realhopeforhaiti.org)

We are grateful for each prayer and each donation you make to this work to which we dedicate our lives. We feel you believe in the work RHFH does, we believe in the work RHFH does, and we all believe in a God who is capable to make a way where there does not seem to be a way. We put our faith, trust, and hope in Him and in Him alone. We care confident that, for you and for our patients and for us, God will supply all of our needs according to the riches of His Glory in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If you feel so led and you are able to do so, we could use your support now to enable us to keep providing diapers and other basic needs to Real Hope for Haiti. 

Thank you for all you do. 

 ~ Stephanie

Apr 13, 2020

Empowering Teens During COVID-19

While the coronavirus pandemic will impact us all in some way, people already living in desperate situations will have a more difficult time coping and avoiding the spread.

That's why now is the most essential time for us to react and support basic needs of teenage girls who no longer have resources through school, as districts have closed because of the pandemic.

We're working with community partners already distributing other basic needs to reach those most in need and minimize contact points. We are currently active alongside several school districts and community pantries in distributing period product needs through our On the Dot program.

For example, we have supplied Green Bay area schools and Oshkosh area schools with period products to distribute with the free lunch and breakfast items.

We're also in communication with other school districts and community partners to increase distributions and meet demand.Thank you for your continued support in providing essential items to teens in need, especially at these most crucial times.

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