Project Self-Sufficiency closed our offices in order to keep our Team Awesome staff and Participants safe and we will remain closed until further notice. We will assess the need to modify this date based on updates and recommendations from authorities.
We are not going anywhere! Project Self-Sufficiency is working quickly to equip our entire staff to work virtually with our Participants and Applicants. Our ultimate goal is to continue the important work with our families with as little disruption as possible.
We know that this is an extremely difficult time for everyone. If you are in a position to help, please consider a donation today to help alleviate the added pressures our single-parent families are experiencing and help them stay on track towards their education and career goals!
Since single parents are the sole providers for their families, Participants must support their kids’ education at home and continue to focus on their own studies and work; all while managing day-to-day crises for their family. This is a scary time and with this pandemic, each of our Participants is facing some or all of the following:
- Online school for themselves and their children because of school closures
- Layoffs or a reduction in work hours due to business closures
- Working from home without adequate technology or internet
- Inability to pay monthly bills including rent, utilities, food, car expenses, etc. due to loss or reduction in employment
- Inability to afford the unplanned expense of childcare that could provide them with important time for schoolwork
- Inability to access childcare due to limited slots
- Increased emotional distress
How our Team is Responding
Our team is committed to bringing additional resources to our single parents and being innovative and proactive in responding to critical needs throughout this pandemic. Here are just a few examples of essential supports we have already provided:
- Assisting with unemployment filings for Participants who have been laid off
- Finding open childcare providers with space to accept children
- Bringing emergency funds to parents through the Healthy Families Program to pay bills because of layoffs and reductions in work hours or for emergency childcare expenses
- Talking with families about the fears of the virus and what it means for them and connecting them to mental health supports and online classes
- Bringing technology resources to families that need to connect from home for their classes, their children’s classes, and their work
- Conducting virtual help sessions for Applicants, providing much-needed resource navigation to single parents in our community
In addition to addressing current needs, we are compelled to look ahead and do our best to anticipate the longer-term impacts on families. We can say with a great degree of certainty that with each passing week, with school and childcare closures, and as the economy fluctuates, our families are suffering. We are determined to be here for our families and our community throughout it all and we are so grateful for whatever support you can give at this time.
If you are affected by COVID-19 and looking for resources in our community, our team is keeping this resource document updated. Please review here: Community Resources.
- Masks (adult and child size)
- Disinfecting supplies (hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, Lysol, disinfecting wipes)
- Toilet paper
- Grocery store gift cards (King Soopers, Walmart)
- Gift cards to local restaurants
- Activity or entertainment kits for kids
If you have items on this wishlist you would like to donate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970.635.5912 to schedule a time to deliver items, since our offices are currently closed and staff availability is limited.