In the face of an unprecedented global challenge in early 2020, the world was forced to grapple with an unknown future. Over a year into the pandemic, we at New Life Movement have been tirelessly working to aid the youth in our community as they strive to recover from what was initially expected to be a brief, two-week stay-at-home order aimed at "flattening the curve."
The impact of the pandemic has been profound, particularly on vulnerable children and youth who have lost their sense of social normalcy and stability. Parents found themselves juggling work and childcare responsibilities, while family members were kept apart for extended periods to protect against COVID-19 transmission.
Amid widespread stay-at-home orders, families faced unforeseen challenges. Previously accessible resources and support offered by the public education system became elusive. Parents, especially those from lower-income backgrounds, had to swiftly adapt to new ways of interacting with essential societal structures that are crucial for maintaining a healthy social safety net.
Throughout the pandemic, New Life Movement stepped up to provide children in our community with the necessary tools for virtual learning - computers and internet hotspots, alongside individualized support within our means. As society cautiously began to open up following the initial lockdowns, we promptly made our Resource Center in Downtown Richmond available. This space became a haven where children could receive both academic and personal support to help them catch up after months of isolation.
At New Life Movement, it is our unwavering commitment to ensure that the youth in our community know they have not been forgotten or left behind during these challenging times. While we may not possess all the answers, we wholeheartedly pledge to do whatever we can to guarantee the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable children and families in West Contra Costa County.
Stay tuned to our updates to learn more about the incredible work we're doing to support our community and help pave a brighter future for the youth in these trying times. 🌟