Tuesday 24th March – Hope into Action Network Update

At a glance...
Prayers needed:
For People: 210 tenants
For Homes: 75
For Partners: churches, donors and all our supporters
Our priority: prevent the spread of the virus whilst supporting the wellbeing of our tenants, staff and volunteers

The vulnerable are always disproportionately affected in any crisis.  Sadly, some of our tenants have been diagnosed with the virus. Most are worried. With your support, we are continuing to care for them as always.  We are in awe of our churches who are showing community leadership and coming up with new and innovative ways to offer friendship.  

What we are doing:

  • Praying daily for you and all our network
  • Enabling all staff to work from home for their own and our tenants' safety
  • Respecting tenants', staff and volunteers' decisions to self-isolate
  • If tenants fall into any high risk categories, we are doing all we can to support them 
  • Our advice is do NOT visit any tenants unless absolutely necessary. We are not loving them if they contract a virus from us 
  • We are asking tenants about their medications and checking they are still accessing and taking them.  Vital now.  
  • Opening homes - the need is even greater than ever before.  How can you stay well with no home?
  • Certain visits may be unavoidable when the aim is to provide care or help to a vulnerable person.  We shall observe social distancing in these situations as much as practicable.
  • With regards to move ins and referrals, if we can do a thorough referral remotely, we shall ‘proceed with caution’ and move people in.  We recommend the household self-isolate for 14 days if a new person moves in. 
  • We shall share stories of hope and best practice highlighting how churches and staff are staying in contact with tenants. 

What you and your church can do:

There are things you can do to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and its impact on our vulnerable tenants.

  • Follow Government advice.  Stay at home.  Wash your hands with soap and water and cover you nose and mouth when you sneeze
  • Be informed: stick to the facts.  Our tenants, and especially their children are sensitive to our responses
  • Plan and drop food / cleaning product parcels to houses
  • Some churches are offering to provide technology and data to enable tenants to stay in touch with support, the NHS etc
  • Pray
  • Buy and read and share our new book - A house built on love - all proceeds go to Hope into Action
  • Follow us on Facebook where we shall keep you updated and share "Stories of Hope"
  • Donate now to our work during this time of crisis. If you can consider a regular gift, it will help ensure our work continues.  Thank you