The mission of New Life Family Services has always been to bring hope and help to our community, and that is something we will continue to do especially when times seem so uncertain. We are closely monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and being diligent to prevent the spread of the virus within our centers and our communities.
In response, we are implementing new limits and protocols for our programs and services. The health and well being of our clients is our top priority as well as ensuring that our volunteers and staff are healthy too.
In order to ensure these standards, we are responding in the following ways:
- The Birth Mother Brunch originally scheduled for Friday, May 9th has been postponed. A new event date will be announced at a later date.
- We are postponing all adoption seminars and trainings including the Empowered to Connect simulcast.
- We will be making decisions about the Walk & Run for Life over the next few weeks.
- We are encouraging staff to work remotely as much as possible.
- We are limiting the number of direct service staff in each location.
- Staff will be utilizing technology where they are able, to serve clients and conduct business operations.
While our pregnancy centers will remain open, we are adjusting our protocol and limiting our services to those deemed essential.
- STD testing and treatment is currently suspended.
- Our Minneapolis office near the University of Minnesota will close at the end of the week (classes at the University have been cancelled for the rest of the year).
- Online appointments have been suspended and we are asking for all clients to call to schedule an appointment so we can limit how many individuals are in our centers, in addition to screening all appointments for illness.
- Pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and client support appointments will be available. Signs will be posted on the door for clients to call first so that we can adequately screen them for potential illness.
- Parenting classes have been suspended, however we will still be providing diapers, wipes and needed baby items to our clients with a “touch free” protocol.
- Adoption services will continue as normal, with phone or video appointments being utilized as much as possible.
We know that in these uncertain times, it is absolutely critical that we provide a safe and welcoming place for our clients in crisis. Single mothers are particularly vulnerable to job loss and other emergency needs. Just last week we had a sex-trafficking victim in one of our centers needing help. Today we met with another mother of ten children who is about to lose her housing.
As much as we are able, we want to continue serving the most vulnerable with life-affirming services and we continue to rely on you to make that happen.
You may have been following us in our March Matters campaign this month as we have been meeting exciting challenges and unlocking money for New Life. We have decided to suspend our campaign, and instead funnel the remaining money into a dollar for dollar match through the end of the month. As such we have a dollar-for dollar match of $61,500 through the end of March!
March is the end of our fiscal year and we are in need of your financial support to ensure we can meet our budget and continue serving families in the community in the months ahead.
If you are able, please consider making a gift today to ensure that we can meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. Donate today.
There is so much we don’t know yet with the short-term and long-term impact of the spread of coronavirus and we want to assure you that the leadership team and I are in constant communication to make decisions as needed.
All of us at New Life Family Services are so very grateful for each of you. Your support and contributions make life a bit brighter for others. We do not take that for granted and hope that in the very near future, we will be able to see this as another time that we worked together to make lives better.
I wish you and your families peace during this difficult time.
Tammy Kocher, Executive Director