We are still here for you!
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Dear community members and partners,
Just as you are working to ensure safety for yourself and your families, we are doing the same for our staff as well as our clients. We wanted to take a moment to update you on JBWS’ interim plan in response to COVID-19 as we prioritize the safety and well being of our staff and the survivors we serve.
First, what has not changed is our commitment to serving survivors and their children. We know that during times of crisis, and especially forced isolation, incidents of domestic violence often rise and violence may escalate. During this time, it is even more critical that we ensure continuity of services for survivors.
We are continuing to offer services as follows:
1. Our helpline is still available 24/7 at 1-877-R-U-ABUSED. The statewide hotline is also available at 1-800-572-SAFE (7233), and can help direct survivors to the resources closest to them.
2. Our safe house and transitional residential programs will remain open.
3. Our JBWS counseling, legal advocacy and crisis response team programs for community members will continue through remote options. We are committed to ensuring these services remain safe and confidential.
4. Our Morris Family Justice Center will be closed but services will continue remotely.
5. All volunteer shifts have been cancelled for now, to ensure the safety of our volunteers. Our live 40-hour volunteer training has switched to an online webinar.
6. We are restricting visitors and are not accepting any donated goods at this time but may have a targeted request for supplies in the coming weeks.
7. Our upcoming events – Spring Tricky Tray, Young Professionals Meet & Greet, and Building Domestic Violence Practices Conference – have all been postponed.
Here is how you can help:
1. We have already experienced rising costs, which are both unanticipated and not budgeted for, due to this pandemic. Your support and financial donations are needed even more during this time. You can donate securely here.
2. Follow us on social media and share information with your networks. It is essential that victims and families know where to reach out for support.
We are working closely with our community partners and local, state, and federal government and will adjust services and update the community accordingly as this situation evolves. Thank you for your support and partnership and wish you and your families continued health.
Diane Williams, President and CEO