Youth Home has joined the Global Generosity Movement for Giving Tuesday Now. In response to the coronavirus pandemic emergency, nonprofits and foundations around the world are coordinating a fundraising response. Youth Home is ready for emergencies, but we need your support more than ever this year!
Thanks to launch partner Firespring, Youth Home is eligible for a donation match through May 26.
The pandemic emergency hasn't disrupted our operations very much, but it has made an impact on our budget. Major new expenses include purchasing critical medical supplies such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and safe digital thermometers, working with staff members for time off and work from home, even renovating facilities to prepare for possible quarantine. Our staff is still on duty 24 hours a day, making sure our clients are safe at Youth Home.
Meanwhile, admissions at our Col Glenn campus continue. Hickory House, previously a boys residential unit, has re-opened as part of our foster system Qualified Residential Treatment Program. Children in the care of the state who need a place to live, learn, and receive mental health treatment are moving in. While on campus, these young people practice independent living skills, attend local schools, work at local businesses, and receive mentoring.
One of our kids, Paulisha, spoke with us last year about how she has learned to be a leader while living at Cartwright House, named after Youth Home's former executive director, the late Beth Cartwright. You can learn more about this program here. Youth Home has the most established program for foster youth residential care in the state!
Support from our community means a lot to us any time, and especially now that we all appreciate #essential workers so much more. Local business Card My Yard donated their "Heroes Work Here" sign to our campus back in April when we celebrated Hero Day with a special meal for our team members. The hard work of all our team members to keep Youth Home running so smoothly and safely for everyone cannot be overstated. As a residential facility, there is a special standard of care and service that must be met every single day, no matter what emergency strikes. For more than 50 years, our special team members have been making sure those standards are met and exceeded.