Our Work During This Time
Here is an update from our Homeless Services Staff on our work at this time:
Here are a few things that the agency is doing during this time:
- Our staff and their families remain healthy and much of our staff is working safely from their homes.
- Our shelter families are safe and healthy, and we have plans in place to continue to shelter and support them. We have cleaned an area of the shelter for any families that may have to isolate if infected. The Homeless Services staff have developed tools to provide case management and counseling remotely to our families.
- We have learned new skills to engage in early childhood learning from a distance through social media. You can follow along on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
- We are working in partnership with providers from the Lehigh Valley Regional Homeless Advisory Board to identify solutions for the unsheltered homeless population, and for those who may be facing future evictions due to economic dislocation.
Below are a few resources for you to use during this time of uncertainty.
Resources for You
If you need assistance in finding resources, you can still call 2-1-1 for help
The Center for Humanistic Change has a full list of resources on their website. Find it here.
Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley DV hotline is available 24/7 at 610-437-3369 during this pandemic. Note: In-person sessions and group sessions are suspended at this time. Phone sessions are available if you are safe and able to speak freely.
Drug and Alcohol:
Mid-Atlantic Rehabilitation Services: Currently offering telehealth/virtual substance abuse counseling, 610-419-3101, ext. 227
Lehigh Valley Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit: Currently doing phone screenings and substance abuse treatment assessments, 610-923-0394
AA Online Meetings: http://aa-intergroup.org/
Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO-A) Online Resource Listings: http://pro-a.org/covid-19-crisis-recovery-related-resources/
Ethos: Doing virtual/internet therapy but has open office hours and psychiatrists on staff.
Crisis Text Line: Serving those struggling with mental health via text. Text SHARE to 741741 to be connected with a volunteer Crisis Counselor.
Mental Health Crisis line: 1-800-273-8255, provides urgent needs and direction to help in every area of the state
Grief and Loss Information in a time of social distancing.
The state has created a new toll-free support line. 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.
Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
Easton Hunger Coalition: Providing up-to-date information regarding food pantries and meal sites in Easton.
Sheetz is providing a free meal to children at select locations. Find more information and the closest store near you.
Guidance and Resources for School Communities Provided by Pennsylvania
Lehigh Valley Learns: Offering free, scheduled, programming for K-5 students through TV or streaming services. Find out more here.
The Learning Center Facebook Page is offering activities and videos for children.
Learn how childhood trauma can affect children and find resources to overcome it at ResilientLehighValley.com.