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Like so many organizations, the pandemic forced the Center for Hope to rethink the way we conducted our day to day operations. In a world that was shutting down, we had to find a way to stay open. At a time when people were being advised to stay home, we had to find a way to keep our residences and our community patient response system fully staffed and operational. While people were literally washing their groceries and counting the number of paper towel sheets they used, we had to bring staff, patients and visitors together as safely as possible with all the personal protective equipment required. Finally, as our in-person fundraising efforts disappeared, we had to find a way to keep our Charitable Care Program active and vigorous.
So how did we manage to do all of this during the worst pandemic of our lifetimes? The answer is simple: we called upon the best in people like you and, because of that, we’ve succeeded.
We called upon staff, families and volunteers to share their experiences over the past year so that we, in turn, could share them with you. The responses we received were nothing short of amazing. They were stories of compassion, tenderness and care that could bring even the most stolid listener to tears. Click the video below to see and hear some of what we talked about.
We called upon staff, families and volunteers to understand and be supportive of the limitations presented by the pandemic. For the first time in the Center’s history, visitation was limited and visitors were screened. It was painful; even the many accommodations the Center made couldn't replace a family’s ability to visit any time of the day or night. The pandemic touched all of us in ways that could not be measured.
Now, as the world starts to reopen its doors and slowly resumes some sort of normalcy, we can’t afford to assume the emergency is over. As a healthcare provider, the Center is still faced with increased costs of all kinds while, at the same time, the need for our Charitable Care Program continues unabated.
Now, we are calling on you to do your part to help the Center get through these extraordinary times. Please be generous.
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