After a mild winter here in the Boston area and as the green of daylilies starts to push up out of the ground and buds on trees optimistically appear, we could never have predicted that we are all house bound and scared. Going into the Covid-19 crisis, all the LexRAP families were working….one parent or both parents and some youths. Very quickly we have seen our families affected by this economic shut down. Almost immediately, several of the families have lost their source of income and at least one head of household has become sick. We are very fortunate that almost all of our families live in communities that have kept their food pantries open, have social services that may be able to help, and that children on free and reduced breakfast/lunch are getting “take out” from the schools. For these services, the families are grateful.
We don’t know how long we will all be asked to ‘shelter in place’ and we don’t know what things will look like on the other side of this economic plunge. Our families are among the most vulnerable. LexRAP is trying to stay in touch with the families to see how they are doing and help them access all help available. The folks involved with tutoring the children and being liaisons between the parents and the schools are doing Zoom meetings and texting to try to keep the children up to date as much as possible.
LexRAP is bracing for the worst. This is going to be a long haul. We anticipate that we will have to help financially in ways and to greater levels than we have had to up until now. For this reason, we ask our supporters to donate what they can now. Donations may be made at http://www.lexrap.org Please help – all donations go to support the families.