SPRING NEWSLETTER 2020
Inside this issue: • Coronavirus Update • Partner Support • Project MKC • Housing Update • Scholars & Immigrant Outreach • Wine Taste Cancelation • How You Can Help
Coronavirus Update from Ursuline Ministries We have been working since the end of February on a full Ursuline Ministries system-wide effort to prepare and then implement steps to keep all of our stakeholders safe while continuing to deliver critical services through Beatitude House Ministries, the Ursuline Preschool & Kindergarten, the Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry, the Ursuline Education & Wellness Center and Ursuline Sisters Senior Living. These include: • acquiring supplies, such as gloves, CDC-approved disinfectants, hand sanitizer, and for our health care settings, additional protection such as masks and gowns • establishing communication vehicles such as Slack, a dedicated conference call line, and periodic updates to Sisters, employees and board members • strengthening cleaning protocols, and posting social distancing and other COVID-19 educational signs • requiring temperature and symptom logs for employees and anyone entering any of our buildings • suspending non-essential programs • teaching preschool and kindergarten remotely • reducing face-to-face contact by ceasing nonessential visitors (including most donation dropoffs), and implementing telehealth appointments, video tutoring, phone check-ins, and other program alternatives • implementing workforce changes, such as adjusting schedules and assignments, supporting work from home, and redeploying employees whose jobs would otherwise have been eliminated by closures
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rescheduling or canceling fundraising events changing whether and how we hold meetings (lots of ZOOM!) anticipating and meeting new or increased needs, such as those around food insecurity, trauma triggers and anxiety
With 100 employees, over 200 clients “under roof” and thousands of others served, it’s been a big undertaking, but we’ve managed to stay several steps ahead of developments; the directors and key personnel have been fantastic and unflagging; and employees have shown great resilience and enthusiasm for adapting and continuing to work, even if in very different ways or jobs than a few months ago. We’ve made a commitment to continue to fully employ all staff members for as long as we are financially able. Toward that end, we’ve applied for and received forgivable loans through the SBA’s Payroll Protection Program on behalf of the UM corporations which will support payroll and at least part of our rent and utility costs for eight weeks. Finally, we are aware that as we move from imminent crisis mode to a longerterm chronic, and perhaps cyclical or recurring, condition, we will need to remain alert to our changing financial picture, plan for how to unwind some of the restrictions and changes carefully (and be prepared to implement them again quickly), and better address any emotional and spiritual distress experienced by employees or clients. For instance, our employee assistance program provider, a trauma-informed care specialist and even some nuns will be available remotely for staff to process concerns they may have for themselves, family members or clients and, we will begin to reach out more regularly to take the pulse of staff engagement and needs. With the hope of recovery in our near future, please continue to pray for our efforts and know that we pray for you as well. Stay safe. God Bless, Brigid Kennedy CEO Ursuline Ministries
Partner Support We are so thankful for wonderful partners accross the Valley who have volunteered to help our families during this difficult time.
Project MKC Project MKC started in 2010 with a desire to throw birthday parties for homeless children. That very first year a partnership was formed, and Project MKC began throwing birthday parties for the children of Beatitude House. These parties made and continue to make our children feel special! Today, nearly 10 years later , Project MKC has expanded its impact with more programs to help children and families in poverty. One new program that has immensly helped the families of Beatitude House is the diaper bank. The Diaper Bank fills an unment critical need because goverment programs such as WIC, Food Stamps and Medicare do not pay for or provide diapers.
United Way - Youngstown Mahoning Valley donated fresh fruits, vegetables and meats, as well as Save a Lot gift cards. Our families often lack transportation and therefore must take the bus to get their groceries. This food donation enables them to stay safe in their homes!
Project MKC provided Beatitude House families with 8,495 diapers throug 2019! We are so thankful for this!
Food Pantry Thank you Jersey Mike’s Subs in Boardman for donating subs, chips and gift cards! These items were such a treat for our families.
That’s A Wrap
For more than a decade, Beatitude House has been working with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide food for our families. Sister Norma Raupple, program coordinator, envisioned a pantry where those participating in the Immigrant Outreach program could have access to food as they became accustomed to their new surrounding and built stability in their lives. That’s A Wrap donated 100 pepperoni rolls for our families! Cooking every day, while the children are home from school, can be overwhelming. These pepperoni rolls provided a much needed night off for our families.
Our food pantry is also open to our scholars and housing clients, as well as those in the community. The pantry operates every Tuesday at our west side youngstown location and provides food for over 500 individuals monthly. Our food pantry has significantly eased the burdens that many of our families face. During this crisis, it has been even more impactful and needed.
What’s Happening at Beatitude House Immigrant Outreach and Ursuline Sisters Scholars Challenging times require creativity - which can certainly be found across our Immigrant Outreach and Ursuline Sisters Scholars programs! While we can’t tutor or mentor in person right now, we can online! Distance education can be challenging for the children and college students in our programs. Everyone is working hard to keep the experience positive and make learning fun! We are so thankful for the staff and volunteers committed to our clients’ learning needs during this difficult time.
Housing Our Housing Support Team members are staffing our site offices on a rotating basis and, clients are still being served remotely! Support Team members are talking to their clients regularly, helping clients access local resources and transporting supplies to those in need. We are taking extra-special care of the children in our programs! Our Support Team is coordinating with local schools to ensure children’s educational needs are being met. The team also wrote letters to the kids to let them know someone is thinking of them!
Wine Taste Cancelation Due to the nation’s health concerns, we felt it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel our Annual Wine Taste & Auction scheduled for May 1. This decision was extremely difficult as the Annual Wine Taste and Auction is our largest fundraiser. The funds raised from this event provide direct support for our families and programs. Please know that Beatitude House’s Leadership Team has been working with program directors, staff, community partners, and public health experts to help those we serve to stay safe. We would like to thank the many individuals who donated to this event despite its cancellation. In addition, we would like to thank the companies that decided to convert their sponsorships into a donation during this difficult time. The following companies were our 2020 Wine Taste sponsors.
Platinum: Astro Shapes, Muransky Companies Gold: Farmers National Bank, RT Vernal Paving, Window World Silver: Aim NationaLease, Akron Children’s Hospital, Huntington Bank, Lewis Construction, Mercy Heath Foundation, Simon Roofing, Windsor House Bronze: Cortland Bank, Hill Barth & King, Trivium Packaging, York Mahoning Star: BSHM Architects, Bodine Perry, Coates Construction, Crowe’s Cabinets, Komara Jewlers, Omega Labs, Prout Boiler, Stifel, Toyota of Boardman, University Electric
Administrative Office 238 Tod Lane Youngstown, OH 44504 330-744-3147 | 330-744-3991 fax beatitudehouse.com Housing Offices 287 Lora Avenue Youngstown, OH 44504 330-746-6622 | 330-746-1783 fax
238 Tod Lane Youngstown, OH 44504
145 N. Glenellen Youngstown, OH 44509 330-792-3644 | 330-792-6192 fax 3404 Lake Avenue Ashtabula, OH 44004 440-992-0265 | 440-992-0394 fax Immigrant Outreach Program 145 N. Glenellen Youngstown, OH 44509 330-792-3644 | 330-792-6192 fax Ursuline Sisters Scholars 1515 Fifth Avenue Youngstown, OH 44504 330-746-6622 | 330-746-1783 fax
We Need You Now! As you receive this newsletter, we hope you and your family are safe and healthy. We know this is a challenging time, and your commitment to Beatitude House has never meant as much as it does now! Our families are our priority. Please know our staff is in constant contact with each of the 110 families within our three programs. We have provided gift cards, food, and matched families with resources where available. We also continue to provide our weekly food pantry and have had to help our Scholars and Immigrant Outreach families with rent and utilities. Due to this crisis, we have had to cancel our annual Wine Taste, which is our largest fundraiser. Grants that were submitted for programming and capital projects are being denied or postponed until next year. Without these grants, we are left with limited resources for ongoing services. How can you help? Beatitude House is in need of monetary donations to help us get through this difficult time. Please consider helping us by sending a one-time, monthly, or pledge donation through our website or in the mail. We thank you in advance for your support and are very so grateful for each of you! With prayers for you and your family,
Beatitude House Board of Directors & Staff