“Normally” OCH is asked to provide items and services such as:
- Beds, bikes and other basics that support underserved children whether at home or in fostercare;
- Laptops so all students have the chance to keep up with classes, apply to college or look for jobs;
- Bus or train passes to help ageing out teens get jobs or parents visit lonely children in distant foster care;
- Emergency rent to reduce stress and prevent homelessness during a temporary setback.
- After-school activities so at-risk kids are in safe settings learning skills;
But during this pandemic poor families are really struggling.
Requests have tripled.
There is a great need for e-cards for food and clothing, and for technology tools to facilitate on-line learning, parent/child “visitation” for families separated by foster care or in treatment facilities, to participate in tele-counselling, or even just to be able to “attend” critical court hearings!
OCH has been uniquely able to help many of our most vulnerable during this critical time without missing a beat because we have always worked through a centralized on-line platform (this also means very low overhead costs). We have already helped more than 1,000 children and parents just since mid-March, and hope to never turn anyone away.