On the Front Lines: Update from Building Futures

When we work together, we are stronger.

Our dedicated Homeless Outreach Specialist, Ana Garcia, delivers food to clients

Building Futures is on the job and at work. We are on front lines of COVID-19, providing the essential services our clients need. In the midst of an unprecedented and rapidly evolving reality—and under the current Shelter-in-Place order—we continue to provide vulnerable individuals and families with shelter, safety, food, and community at five emergency shelters. Our housing programs and domestic violence services are at full capacity.

Rather than scaling back, we are doing more. Building Futures exists to serve individuals and families in need. Ours are not services that can be provided over the phone or via e-mail and text. We do our work with compassion, determination, and LOVE. Please be assured that Building Futures is taking the recommendations seriously and doing all we can to reduce the potential impact of the Coronavirus.

  • All of our five emergency homeless shelters remain open, providing shelter, sanitation, and meals to the women, children, individuals, and families who call them home. Regular hand washing and sanitizing is being firmly supervised by shelter staff, who are working around the clock to uphold the safety and well-being of our residents.
  • The San Leandro and Alameda Warming Shelters continue to provide refuge and sustenance to unhoused individuals during cold weather. Our deepest thanks to First United Methodist Church and Christ Episcopal Church, for their steadfast generosity.
  • Building Futures’ Drop-in Services, provided by our Housing Resource Centers in Alameda and San Leandro, work with individuals experiencing homelessness and continue to offer a safe space to access food, beverages, hygiene items, transportation vouchers, access to shelter space, and linkage to medical, dental, and mental health services.
  • Our 24-hour crisis line is in operation and available to anyone experiencing domestic violence. Social distancing and quarantine are part of the “shelter in place,” but home may not be safe for everyone. If you or someone you know is not safe in their home, please call Building Futures’ hotline at 1-866-292-9688.
Our skilled Case Manager, Geneva Long, providing essential services
Amy Fanning stepping in to lovingly cook a dinner

Your Help is Urgently Needed!

Dinner Donations are needed and accepted at the San Leandro and Midway Shelters. Some of our longtime Dinner Donors are at-risk and cannot leave their homes. We are working with them on solutions to ensure that shelter residents continue to receive tasty, nutritious meals. More dinners are still needed! Are you able to prepare and donate a meal for 30 women and children? If so, please contact  development@bfwc.org to get on the Dinner Donor schedule! Consider donating gift cards to local restaurant or making a monetary donation to provide a meal. All donations are gratefully accepted.

We are in this together! Building Futures needs your support and compassion—now more than ever—to get through this challenging time. Making a monetary donation is the simplest, most helpful way you can help.

Building Futures also seeks  in-kind donations of supplies  such as face masks, hand sanitizer, surface cleaner, sanitizing wipes, and latex gloves. Our staff members are stretched to capacity as they take on new tasks and ensure our services remain robust. At this time, Building Futures is currently unable to accept in-kind donations other than those on our Coronavirus Donation Drive List.
We are gladly accepting these supplies by appointment only. Contact us at 510-924-3092 or  development@bfwc.org to arrange a time. Shopping online? Consider donating from Building Futures’  COVID wish list on Amazon! Your donation will be shipped straight to us and put to immediate use!
The needs are evolving day-by-day. Please be sure to check Building Futures’  blog to view our most up-to-date list of needs.  Thank you for caring.

Jazz It Up! Annual Benefit

Each year, Building Futures and our invaluable supporters look forward to raising a glass together and enjoying live music and good food while raising much-needed funds to support life-changing services through our  Jazz It Up! event. Because we value the health of our supporters like you during this Coronavirus crisis, Building Futures’ board is brainstorming alternative ways to observe  Jazz it Up! originally set for May 15 at 21st Amendment Brewery in San Leandro.
While we work on a creative solution, we really do need community support and your donations more than ever as we help the most vulnerable families and adults through this crisis. While we are cognizant of financial instability during these turbulent times,  please consider making a gift today. We’ll keep you abreast of our plans for  Jazz it Up!  2020 as plans unfold. Questions? Contact Ana at amahiri@bfwc.org or at 510-924-3090.
Thank you, community, for your generosity!

RESOURCES

National Network to End Domestic Violence
Thank you to Sanctuary for Families for creating this great flyer!
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