Over the past several weeks, I have shared with you the hardships WINGS has been experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has altered all of our lives and we have had to adapt to the “new normal.”
Despite the new challenges, we continue forward in our important work with amazing staff who are dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence find their FREEDOM. This week, we had a mom with five children move into her own house! We also were able to move three families out of the Safe House (hotel) into WINGS Transitional Housing.
Our Hospital Site Coordinators continue to do bedside visits (virtually) with victims of domestic violence as the call rates into the hotline and police departments have increased during the Shelter in Place Order. Our Children’s Advocates are still meeting (virtually) with the children to help with e-learning and to do counseling/therapy/games. Even our Community Based Service team is taking calls from clients as they find ways to get out of their house (away from their abuser) and seek help and safety planning.
The media is aware of the uptick in domestic violence during the Shelter in Place Order, and has reached out to WINGS for interviews. I have done several for a variety of media channels including this recent article in the Daily Herald and an interview with Representative Tom Morrison.
WINGS 35th Anniversary
In the midst of all of this, I am keenly aware that this month is WINGS 35th Anniversary. Although, we had to postpone our 35th Anniversary Celebration Open House that was to take place next Thursday, we still want to celebrate.
On Saturday, April 25th, join us for the first ever WINGS Day of Giving. Watch your inbox next Friday for more details and tune into our social media channels.
Until then, stay safe, be healthy, and remember…we are all in this together!
The mission of WINGS Program, Inc. is to provide housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence.