It’s a new world, and your team at OPAL is adapting. We’re learning new ways to stay connected, new “work from home” routines, and are striving to take frequent, deep, full breaths. Speaking of which, how about we each take this moment … one big breath in … one big breath out … thanks for joining me!
A brief update:
- Julie and Jeanne are meeting (virtually) with any islander who asks for help to pay the rent or mortgage on their home. Numerous state and federal actions have been announced to help people pay their bills, and we’ll assist folks in navigating those programs. In addition, thanks to generous donations to the Community Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund, OPAL will be able to make some direct payments to landlords or banks when that’s the best solution. Our top priority is to keep people in their homes.
- The Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order identified exemptions for certain essential activities. Projects like April’s Grove that are providing much-needed affordable housing are considered essential. Therefore, construction will continue as long as suppliers are able to deliver. The crews working on site have adopted new protocols to keep workers healthy.
Despite the difficulties and challenges, I’m feeling grateful every day.
- Grateful to live in a neighborhood where we’re looking out for one another with shared grocery, pharmacy and take-out food runs.
- Grateful for your support and belief that housing is a basic human need.
- Grateful that our island community is pulling together to make it through this challenge.
Stay well, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about OPAL’s activities.
From my home to yours,