Friday March 20, 2020
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.
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 Naima at email@example.com 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.