The messages of Easter and the welcoming of spring bring hope and renewal to many. And Passover commemorates the triumph of Israel over Egypt and the resulting freeing of the Hebrew slaves.
Hope, renewal, triumph and freedom, are states of mind that anyone dealing with addiction, violence or grief strive to realize again in life.
The work of the Tim Griffith Foundation and the impact of your support has never been more needed or more important than it is right now.
The news tells us that as we stay home, we are seeing increases in domestic violence and addiction behaviors. Psychologists warn that the stress of living through a pandemic can magnify conditions of depression and anxiety.
Everyone faces concern for the state of the economy - from the impact on retirement funds, to putting food on the table, and providing shelter for families.
Do you feel the need to reach out from isolation and offer help to others?
Maybe you are among the fortunate who can work at home and shelter in place with family. Perhaps you are worried for those who cannot work, and do not have family, so are confronting challenges alone.
Supporting the work of the Tim Griffith Foundation can extend help to vulnerable members of our communities. Please consider making a donation at this time.
Fortunately, we really are not alone. We have each other to get through this difficult time.
A phone call, an email, or a text are ways to stay connected. Also, there are organizations ready to provide the specific kind of help needed right now.
Below is a list of resource organizations and tools to address many of today’s urgent challenges. Their purpose is to bring relief and to help share in this season’s messages of hope, renewal, triumph and freedom.
Everyone at the Tim Griffith Foundation wishes to join with you, heart-to-heart, to strengthen our communities.
Organizations & tools for assistance during COVID-19
The following organizations and tools are available to assist you and your family during this difficult time.
- Help with bills: If you or someone in your life is worried about paying bills there is help. Check out this government website that provides help with mortgages, rental assistance, phone bills, and more.
- Help for Veterans and their families: Are you a Veteran or family member of a Vet? Specific help is available to help with a range of life’s challenges. The Rapid Response Referral Program provides confidential, 24/7 peer to peer support, comprehensive care management, and resources for veterans and their families. Ideal for support with finances, mental health, homelessness, disability claims, employment, education, and legal issues.
- Teaching your child at home: If you find you have become a “suddenly teacher” at home, and are in need of age/grade specific activities and support, check out Khan Academy. It provides free education on math, science, programming, animation, etc. Also provides courses and schedules for homeschooling from pre-school through 12th grade.
- Talking with kids about COVID-19: Are you finding young kids in your life trying to understand all the talk about the virus? This workbook provides a way to help youngsters “discover” information through questions and activities you can do together. It’s designed to allow you to go at the young person’s own pace.
- What to do if you think you have symptoms of COVID-19: Unsure if you or someone else has the Coronavirus, a common cold or flu? Uncertain if you need to contact a doctor or go to the ER? Use the Coronavirus Checker to assess your next step.
- Anxiety and Stress: No matter how you are impacted by COVID 19, anxiety and worry go hand-in-hand with concerns about health, family, finances, and community. At times the anxiety can be overwhelming turning into prolonged bouts of worry and even panic attacks. Check out these tools for help.
- Depression: One of the possible reactions to the pandemic is the onset of or worsening of depression. A little information and self-reflection can be a way to battle these feelings. Try the antidepressant skills workbooks for adults or teens.
- Self Care: You may find having the right frame of mind is the best way to prepare yourself to weather the quarantine and pandemic.
- Make a positive impact in the world: What is the kindest thing someone did for you? How did that make you feel? Give that feeling to someone who needs a little kindness in their life right now.