Supporting children's mental health during COVID-19
Wood’s Homes is committed to the mental health and wellbeing of our children, youth, families, staff, volunteers, donors, and community. Like many organizations, our programs and services have adapted as a result of COVID-19. Because of donors like you, children still have a place they can turn to for help.
You are helping children, youth and families navigate this crisis – here’s how:
- Wood’s Homes’ programs are considered essential services. Children and youth living in our Therapeutic Campus-Based Care and community programs continue to receive the treatment and support they need – all while practicing good hand hygiene, social distancing, and other public health recommendations.
- Because of your support, EXIT Youth Hub can continue to support homeless and at-risk young people. Although the Hub is temporarily closed, EXIT staff are supporting clients remotely by phone and text – offering support and advice for mental health, financial security, and sharing available resources. The EXIT Outreach van is also now distributing food hampers and brown paper bag lunches to our most vulnerable clients.
- With your help, homeless and at-risk young people can still get help finding a job in these uncertain times. The Linking Employment Abilities and Development (LEAD) Program continues to offer support by phone and text to clients needing help with their resume, interview skills, and securing a job.
- Because of donors like you, youth can continue to work on their mental health and access resources through the Youth Culinary Arts Program (YCAP). Although in-person cooking sessions are temporarily paused, YCAP students have been in regular contact with Youth and Family Counsellors to seek support, resources and continue their personal development. YCAP staff are continuing to cook, providing nutritious meals for children and families in our other programs. YCAP also made a special delivery to seniors in our Inglewood community.
- With the help of our generous community, families feel safe accessing our programs. Many of our programs have been able to switch to providing mental health treatment and support through video conferencing and phone calls.
Your support sends a message of hope – because of you, children can find hope and help in a time of crisis.
Thank you to our community members and businesses for stepping up to support mental health during the pandemic!