Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Danielle N. Hartman, MNM
President & CEO

Week 3 in the Trenches

We are now coming to the end of our third week of our new un-normal.  I wish I could say that it’s been easy, but I find myself becoming more and more concerned about cases of domestic abuse and child abuse going up.  I know this week alone we have opened several new domestic abuse cases through our Domestic Abuse Education & Action Program (Please refer to our fb page where you will  find an informative video about the possibility of increased abuse cases as abusers and the abused are forced to stay at home).  I have spent many sleepless nights this week worried about these vulnerable children and adults.  

We have also noticed an uptick in calls this week for those seeking financial assistance as a result of job loss or reduction in hours as a result of the Coronavirus.  Our Career and Employment Services Department held a well attended webinar earlier today about how to apply for re-employment benefits.   I understand that there continues to be extreme frustration and inefficiencies as applicants get kicked off the system or find themselves on hold and then abruptly hung up on as they try to apply for benefits.  

I’m praying a lot these days that things will soon get better for everyone.  I do take some solace in the fact that we have the most dedicated and committed staff and volunteers who are ensuring, to the best of their ability, that the needs of the community are met.  The calls we are receiving for financial assistance are mostly from people who have gone from having the capacity to give of their time as a volunteer or their resources as a donor, to being put in a position, often for the first time in their life, to being someone needing to ask for help.  I know that has got to be very demoralizing and I encourage everyone to accept that asking for help is OK, and the right thing to do for yourself and your families.  

Stay safe and stay well.                                     

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