As we turned out the lights at so many of our facilities last week, I was kind of heartbroken. But it struck me that Youth In Need is not a place. We are people who are continuing to serve our clients and our community:
- Staff who are leaving their own families to come care for youth in residential care, and outreach workers who are trying to find safe shelter for youth when every place is full.
- Early learning teachers and family educators who are providing daily, if not in person, emotional support and tangible resources to Head Start children and families, reminding us all that those in poverty are hit exponentially harder in a crisis like this.
- Therapists who are providing “telehealth” to continue critical counseling services to children of all ages and their families, at a time when anxiety is through the roof and family tensions are high.
- Managers who are working to support staff and the administrative and facilities folks working behind the scenes to support all of us.
“The only way out is through, and the only way through is together. Together is our superpower.” – John Green
Pat Holterman-Hommes, CEO
Youth In Need