Over the past several months (and counting), UCAN has pushed forward as an essential provider of services for the youth, families and communities we serve – while keeping our staff safe and protected.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the personal and professional lives of our dedicated staff, many of whom still work remotely. At the same time, however, our direct service and front line staffs continue to safely provide important support and resources around the clock, including in our Diermeier Therapeutic Youth Home, Violence Intervention and Prevention Services program and Transitional Living Program, among other areas.
We appreciate and respect our committed colleagues for their dedication and diligence during this extraordinary time. The health and well-being of our staff, youth and families always will be our No. 1 priority as we continue to monitor and share announcements from health professionals at all levels of government.
Despite tangible financial implications from the pandemic, UCAN has focused on living out its mission to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education and empowerment. We have used operational support, public funding and grants specific to COVID-19 activities to provide community-based and focused services, including food distribution, youth activities, emergency funding for individuals and families, and clinical counseling services, among other efforts. We have also aggressively pivoted to virtual platforms to gain new audiences, supporters and markets.
It is a formidable responsibility to serve while ensuring that our staff remains safe and protected. But UCAN will not and cannot waiver in safely serving those who rely on us and need our care and compassion to find the power of their potential.
We will get through this together. Please continue to stay safe. Be well.