While the building is closed during the COVID-19 outbreak, LIFRC staff and volunteers are still working hard with many community partners and businesses to support the community with the supports they need:
PROVIDING FOOD AND NOURISHMENT WHILE SUPPORTING THE LOCAL ECONOMY:
LIFRC’s Lopez Fresh and Grace Church Food Banks are merging into one food bank delivery service. Canned goods, fresh food and dairy are currently available. Please sign up for delivery at 360-468-4117 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
LIFRC is working with San Juan County, Lopez Island School District, Senior Services, Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support and other community organizations to implement shopping and home delivery for high risk vulnerable community members to be sure they have the essential items they need. Contact Contessa@lifrc.org for more information or 206-240-1155
LIFRC is working with local restaurants and farmers to buy food and produce from them to help support their businesses and our local economy,while simultaneously providing healthy food to low-income vulnerable community members.
OTHER BASIC NEEDS:
Our Staff is doing Phone Assessments of over 300 households we are currently serving to identify what their immediate and longer term needs are. Have concerns about a community member? Give us a call and let us know or email at Contessa@lifrc.org
Staff will continue to help people enroll and maintain Basic Food Benefits, health insurance enrollments, rent and utility assistance, and a variety of other supports. Call 360-468-4117 or email at Contessa@lifrc.org.
MAINTAINING SOCIAL CONNECTIONS and SUPPORTING EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Providing check-in calls for high risk vulnerable individuals.
We are planning a Phone Buddy System for volunteers to connect with isolated individuals to have some socialization, get reassurance and make new friends. Interested, email us at email@example.com
LIFRC is working with local therapists to provide remote counseling sessions for clients needing mental health supports to help them cope during this stressful time. For more information, contact Contessa@lifrc.org
Open Source Wellness is continuing the weekly sessions remotely with the coaches to do a little movement together, practice some mindfulness, some group conversations, and share gratitude. This is a multi-week program, so it is important that the group stay in touch, especially during a difficult time.
Please see our website for more links and resources for the government websites with COVID-19 related relief programs for small business and workers. We also have a email sign up for updates on our site. Add your email address to receive our monthly update.
WANT TO VOLUNTEER? Complying with county and state guidelines, LIFRC is looking for volunteers under age 60 with no underlying health conditions that would have contact with the public. We will be finding other creative ways for 60+ volunteers to help connect with community members virtually. We’d love to hear your ideas!!
Thanks for helping us minimize the risk of spreading the virus, keeping everyone in our community safe, and being such great caring neighbors!