Many Chicagoans experiencing poverty or homelessness – especially people of color – have lost their jobs or are forced to work at great personal risk without appropriate protections, compensation, or healthcare. The recent stimulus checks – while a welcome relief for many – are often not enough to meet the compounding needs of Chicago’s most under-resourced communities. Thousands of Chicagoans will not be receiving checks at all including those who are undocumented, incarcerated, without social security numbers, bank accounts, or home addresses.
Throughout the pandemic, Alternatives’ staff have continued providing services remotely to our young clients and their families. Our Crisis Response team continues to staff our crisis hotline around the clock and respond to calls for shelter and case management for youth experiencing homeless. In our first month of linking families to existing COVID-related resources, we have found that the financial need has far outpaced what is currently available.
This is why we are setting up a relief fund where 100% off the proceeds will go directly to families experiencing financial hardship.
Can’t spare the $$ to contribute? Donate your electronics!
Many of our youth continue to receive essential behavioral health services so that their therapeutic process need not be interrupted or exacerbated by the citywide shutdown. We are seeking technological donations of laptops, iPads, tablets, and headsets so that we may support our clients’ transition to electronic therapeutic sessions.