Update, Tuesday April 21, 2020
As we’re practicing the art of self isolation, there are clusters of people out there who are involved in the day to day task of providing care to frail and compromised others who may live with them or nearby. This can be a very frustrating time as we’re artificially restricted from having in person contact with our social networks. Caregiver groups have proven to be essential, a great way for caregivers who make the daily sacrifice for others to meet with people doing the same routines as they do. Camaraderie in experience as it were…but what do you do when the groups can’t meet?
Caregiver Homes, one of our allies in the elder serving network, created a private Facebook page for caregivers to share their experiences back in 2017. I would suggest that it might be a good resource for folks to check out in 2020 and particularly at this time. They call it “Caregiver Nation” and it’s an opportunity for caregivers to share with others. Here’s the link www.caregivernation.org
You may have read the article in iberkshires about our Town Affordable Housing Trust and the Emergency Rental Assistance program. If you haven’t, I’ll refer you to the article by Stephen Dravis in iberkshires.com today. Check it out. This will be a boon to renters in Williamstown who are struggling and juggling expenses in the midst of the pandemic. It’s not quite ready to distribute yet, as with all good plans there are technical details to work out before a launch but it’s coming soon.So, watch for it. You might want to tell your friends and neighbors who might really be helped by this opportunity to read the article and be watching for the option to be ready. And thanks to our friends on the AHT for pitching in during this crisis.
Today is officially 20 days after Census Day and if you haven’t been counted yet, get to it! It’s really critical for all sorts of reasons including funding and representation in government that we get a truly accurate count If you don’t want to respond electronically for whatever reason,or if you know somebody who’s not attached to the internet, the census has a website with different response options including via phone or mail. Here’s the link www.2020census.gov/ways-to-respond
Oh, here’s the telephone number for English speakers to respond; 844.330.2020 and if you’re more comfortable doing it in Spanish you can call 844.468.2020. There are other language options available at the website above as well.
Remember, today is Northern Berkshire Cares day. Go to the Williamstown municipal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/townofwilliamstownma and follow the directions to participate.
The Williamstown Food Pantry at the Church of St.Patrick/St Raphael is open for business tomorrow, April 22 from 9:30 to noon. Use Mission Park Drive to circle around the church, stay in your car, someone will help you. Walkers please go to the front of the line, they’ll try to help you first.
That’s it for now. Stay safe out there!