As a valued WeHOPE supporter, we wanted to make sure to communicate with you during this rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19.
The health and safety of those we serve, our community, donors, staff and volunteers are our highest priority. With that being said, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone WeHOPE’s upcoming event “A Night Without A Home”. We will proceed with the event in October 2020.
We chose to move forward versus cancelling as the date is far enough in the future that hopefully containment is assured, and fears have subsided. We also felt that this was the type of event that would shed a much-needed light on the unspoken needs of those living without a home while providing innovative solutions to meet those needs.
Although we are disappointed, we are pressing forward and meeting the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors during these uncertain times. In partnership with the City of San Jose, WeHOPE has developed a plan to address the needs of the homeless living in encampments, while protecting the community from further spread COVID-19.
Plan of action:
- Install hand-washing stations in 5 San Jose homeless encampments Friday, March 13 with an additional 5 San Jose encampments receiving hand-washing stations the week of March 16
- WeHOPE staff to receive biohazard and coronavirus compliance training the week of March 16
- WeHOPE will couple hand washing service with case management support 2x a week
- WeHOPE case managers armed with county health information will provide support in the way of information on how to protect oneself from infection, distributing clean drinking water, hand sanitizer, gloves, masks, fresh fruit and healthy snacks on a bi-weekly basis
- WeHOPE will continue to provide shower/laundry/comprehensive case management services to existing 14 sites in Santa Clara County
If you would like to support WeHOPE in its efforts to protect the community of San Jose and expand its efforts to additional Bay Area cities
For additional information on precautions and procedures please refer to the guidelines set out by Santa Clara County Public Health , San Mateo County Public Health, Alameda County Public Health, San Francisco County Public Health, Contra Costa County Public Health and the CDC.
Dina A. Bartello
Director of Development, WeHOPE