THRIVE PENINSULA SERVICE UPDATES & NEEDS
Page updated: 7/12/2-21
There is no more critical time to serve those in need than during a crisis. Those we serve are some of the most vulnerable people in our community and they will be some of the hardest hit. Many of us can overcome lost hours at work or extra medical expenses but this population largely cannot. Instead they are at risk of facing hunger or becoming homeless. That’s why we’re here.
THRIVE is remaining fully operational, serving families with emergency bill assistance, financial coaching, and food relief.
EVICTIONS & UTILITY CUT-OFFS
The Virginia state budget includes updated protections for utility customers. The moratorium on utility cut-offs will remain in effect until the Governor lifts the state of emergency (TBA).
President Biden extended the moratorium on evictions through July 31, 2021. This is very likely the final extension.
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2021 COVID-19 RELIEF (Jan - June)
THRIVE is continuing to operate at full throttle, serving food, critical bill relief, and financial coaching five days per week. Since the start of the pandemic, we have maintained expanded open hours, and added capacity to serve nearly twice as many families through all of our services compared to pre-pandemic times. Plus we have opened up our critical bill relief program to any request that supports financial sustainability such as car repair, or work boots, or childcare expenses. But that's not all. We have some exciting things coming up on the horizon.
We have initiated our food delivery program to reach families who are in quarantine or who struggle with transportation. Since the pandemic began, non-profit partners and churches have picked up and delivered food from our pantry but we know there is still unmet need in our community. That's why we're closing the gap by having a new set of volunteer drivers deliver food to the unreached.
Our Food Renovation Project is complete! Thanks to grantors, we have increased our cold storage by adding a 3-door commercial fridge which will house produce, milk, and eggs. Plus, we ripped out our built-in cabinetry to add more shelving to the pantry. This will allow us to more easily serve an increased numbers of families who need food assistance. To replace our cabinetry, we ripped out a bathroom and created a new kitchenette which is stocked with beverages and snacks to fuel our 65 weekly volunteers and 4 staff members. Click to view photos of the project.
On July 1 we began administering funds for the Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot, thanks to our partnership with the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula. With these funds, we can assist families that have limited income and other barriers that prevent them from becoming stable. We are thankful for this opportunity to assist more families in crisis.
There's more to come! Scroll to the bottom of the page for links to follow us on social media or to subscribe to our newsletter. Thank you for your critical support. All of our efforts to enhance our services for Peninsula families have been made possible by the generosity of our donors.
2020 COVID-19 RELIEF
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This has been a year of struggle and hardship for so many families who have lost their jobs, lost their childcare, and lost their sense of stability. THRIVE is here to offer help and support to keep families afloat.
IN THE MEDIA
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HOW TO HELP
The best way to support THRIVE and our efforts is to make a monetary donation that is not restricted for a singular purpose. Our needs are changing constantly so it is best if we can use it where it is needed most.
Check out our Volunteer page to see what our current needs are.
Safety Precautions We Are Taking
THRIVE has remained open throughout the pandemic, however, we take the safety of our volunteers, staff, donors, and clients very seriously. We have altered the way we deliver nearly all of our services so we can keep serving local families but keeping everyone safe from infection. We are taking every precaution necessary including:
CURBSIDE PICKUP: All donors and food pantry recipients will be served using the curbside pick up model. Come to our backdoor and call us to tell us you've arrived (757-877-6211x2). Please wear a mask if you get out of our vehicle or feel free to stay in your vehicle and pop your trunk.
CLEANING: We are regularly sanitizing all surfaces inside our facility.
FACE MASKS: Staff, volunteers, clients, and building visitors are required to wear masks, unless they show proof that they are fully vaccinated.
FINANCIAL COACHING: Financial coaching appointments are held over the phone for the elderly or high at risk population. All others appointments are conducted inside the building; the coach and client are separated by a large plastic sneeze guard.
MANDATORY TEMPERATURE CHECKS: All volunteers, financial coaching clients, and other building visitors are required to use our hands-free, self-check thermometer stationed in our lobby.
Click here to read the stories of families we have helped during the COVID-19 crisis. This is only a small sampling of the impact we have had thanks to our partners and donors.
Check out www.thrivepeninsula.org/help for details on how to receive our services.