Dear volunteers and supporters:
This is a challenging time for everyone and we want you to know that the safety and well-being of Bethlehem Haven’s clients, staff, and volunteers are of utmost importance. We are closely monitoring the ever-changing situation regarding COVID-19. At this time, Bethlehem Haven remains open. We are following all the recommended precautions to ensure staff and clients remain safe and healthy.
To protect the health and safety of our residents, we are asking that volunteers who are not feeling well refrain from service at Bethlehem Haven. And, based on the recommendations for social distancing from the CDC, we understand that many of our volunteers are unable to gather together to prepare or serve a meal to our shelter residents.
Volunteers contribute thousands of dollars of meals and donations each month to both our Emergency Shelter and Miryam’s programs. We couldn’t do it without you and we still need your support.
Here are a few ways you can help during this troubling time:
- Make a cash donation to cover the meal or get a group to pitch in and have it catered.
- Donate hand sanitizers for our residents and staff to carry with them.
- Make a monetary donation to our Safe at Home program so that women who have lost part-time work due to this outbreak can continue to pay rent and keep their families housed.
We implore our region’s employers to consider the impact of their economic decisions on single mothers and their families. Their livelihoods depend on the income they earn, and reduced hours, as well as prolonged closures, will severely diminish their ability to pay rent and buy food.
Lastly, please remember that viruses don’t discriminate and neither should we. Coronavirus doesn’t recognize race, nationality, ethnicity nor social status. Anyone can transmit or become infected. Let’s continue to support one another and avoid the spread of stigma, discrimination, and fear.
This is a challenging time for everyone. Bethlehem Haven will continue to provide vital services to the most vulnerable populations in our area with compassion and hospitality. We appreciate your flexibility, support and continued commitment to the work of The Haven.
Please reach out with any questions or concerns.
Thomas J. Herward, Interim Chief Executive Officer
BETHLEHEM HAVEN & COVID-19 IN THE NEWS
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 18, 2020