In This Together: A Letter from our CEO
I want to sincerely thank you for your compassion during the unprecedented situation we are all facing with the novel coronavirus outbreak. Transitional Resources is working hard to keep our community safe and healthy, and we are grateful to have so many friends and neighbors helping us make this possible.
Our first priority is keeping our clients, staff, neighbors, and greater community as healthy as possible. As you may know, people who have experienced homelessness are at especially high risk of developing severe illnesses and health complications throughout their lives, and we are taking this risk very seriously. We are taking every precaution to keep our agency safe: our staff have quickly and efficiently enacted each new recommended practice to stop the spread of germs and implemented social distancing, all while helping clients understand the unique circumstances before us.
We have been so heartened by the response from our community, many of whom are seeking ways to help during this time of caution and uncertainty. Here are some ways that you can help:
- Help us raise critical funds during GiveBIG. Our 3rd annual Toast to TR is moving online to avoid an in person event, and we invite you to raise a glass (or a coffee mug, or a water bottle) virtually to Transitional Resources during the online pledge period for this year’s GiveBIG, happening April 22 – May 6. We are currently building a matching pool to grow your impact—pioneered by a generous gift from Verity Credit Union. Stay tuned for more updates on how you can participate in our virtual toast and ensure we can continue our vital services despite this major disruption in our year.
- Make a financial gift or an in-kind gift from our Amazon wishlist. We are stocking our list with supplies for the agency, as well as practical and recreational items to help our clients stay healthy and practice social distancing. These items, along with financial support, can help us overcome the costs of additional health and sanitation practices, increased staffing, and other unexpected costs to the agency.
- Take care of yourself and those around you so we can all get through this together. This situation is taking a toll on many people in our region. Fortunately, our community has many resources to help you navigate this storm. Some of our community partners who can provide help if you need it include the West Seattle Food Bank for our most local neighbors, King County 211 for the broader region, and Crisis Connections for anyone needing additional emotional support during this stressful time.
Thank you once again for being a part of this special community. Your constant support makes it possible to continue our mission, no matter what the day brings.
Chief Executive Officer