April 10, 2020
Numerous people have inquired about how Plymouth Healing Communities and the residents of the various PHC houses and apartment buildings are faring in this COVID-19 time, now with a “stay at home” order in place in Washington. March 2020 has brought a variety of changes to how PHC interacts with and supports its residents. We have been proactive in gathering resources for residents and taking steps to address the special risks to them that the pandemic presents. We have also sought to take good care of our staff and to help them do their jobs in a new way. PHC staff members are now largely working remotely, although we have staff living and providing companionship at the House of Healing, whose residents are continuing to transition from previous hospitalization. Needless to say, these new times bring many challenges. The PHC staff has been meeting together on a daily basis via Zoom, and that has been very helpful in coordinating effective work. Staff members check in regularly with PHC residents by phone. We are especially grateful for our partnership with Harborview Medical Center, whose employees continue to provide conscientious outreach and support to PHC residents.
The pandemic does present particular concerns when it comes to the food security of PHC residents, and we are acting to ensure that this does not become a problem. We have also faced some toilet paper shortages in individual buildings, so, just as is the case with food, we are making extra efforts to gather and provide enough toilet paper for residents to continue to manage healthily.
PHC can certainly use financial support to purchase and deliver food as needed and to do so for toilet paper, as well. If you are interested in contributing to PHC’s COVID-19 Resource Fund Drive, you can go to PHC’s website: Click here. Thanks to all who feel able to do this. Giving online in this time is the fastest and most effective way for people to contribute to PHC financially.
From the time of PHC’s creation twenty years ago, we have committed to join and lift up our residents on their journey to healing and well-being. Right now we are called upon to do that in some different ways. We are intent on continuing to communicate to those we serve — and to show them -- that PHC is with them, through this time as before. -Mike Pierson
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We look to God for the breaking of oppression and healing in the land. Let us stand together with one voice as we watch, fight, and pray with life prioritized.
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