Support, Resources, and Opportunities

Introduction

Since the first week of Shelter In Place, a diocesan led-team of clergy and lay members deeply connected with community resources has been meeting to curate resources and share learning across our municipalities and congregations. The resources listed below are incomplete, as this is an ever-unfolding crisis. If you identify local resources and would like to see them added to this list, please contact Davey Gerhard at daveyg@diocal.org
 

Food distribution, food programs, and resources

Justice and Advocacy

  • Blood Donations needed!
    • Blood donation is essential to ensuring the health of our communities. The need for blood is constant, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need.
    • Right now, people are following public health guidance to keep their families safe—and that includes contributing to a readily available supply of blood for hospitals.
    • This is the time to take care of one another. If you are healthy and feeling well, please make an appointment to donate in the weeks ahead by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
    • Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with new CDC public guidance.
  • Domestic Violence Resources — The National Domestic Violence Hotline1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
  • San Francisco Community Resilience Caravans — Click here for PDF
  • Be aware of scamsftc.gov/coronavirus  
    • Do not let anyone in your house who claims to be from the city, PG&E, etc. — Watch this video to learn more.
    • San Francisco District Attorney hotlines:
      • Victim service hotline: 1-628-652-4100  Call if you think you have been victim of a scam and are looking for support or services
      • Consumer fraud report: 1-415-551-9595  Call if you believe you have been victim  of or witness consumer fraud or price gauging.
  • Become a COVID-19 Emergency Response Volunteer (CERV) https://sf.gov/be-emergency-volunteer
    • The COVID-19 Emergency Response Volunteer (CERV) program was created in a partnership between the City and County of San Francisco and the Shanti Project . CERV volunteers provide one-time or occasional support to older and vulnerable adults, who have been strongly advised to not leave their home during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • SF-Marin Food Bank
    • To deliver groceries with the food bank, you need to apply, and get a background check. They are waiving the interview requirement during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • Meals on Wheels
    • You can sign up to bag groceries on Wednesday mornings, from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Check the website for how to sign-up, it changes regularly.
  • Shanti Projecthttps://www.shanti.org/
  • Keep restaurants open and help bring food to first responders by donating to SF New Deal and Frontline Foods
     

Medical and Insurance Resources

Covid-19 News Updates and Resources – updated frequently

Mental Health Resources

  • Contra Costa County — Contra Costa Crisis Center at 800-833-2900 or simply dial 211. There is ALWAYS someone who will listen 24/7.  
  • Suicide Prevention The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline800-273-TALK (8255)
     

Grief, Addiction, and other Virtual Support

PPE donations and kits

  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital NOW ACCEPTING Homemade Masks for Our Patients. ZSFG is happy to accept both factory-made and home-sewn masks from the public. These masks will be given to patients who are encouraged to wear a mask as they move about the community. Please drop these masks at the PPE Drop off Site on Vermont St.
  • Making your own masks: articles and patterns, here and here
  • Free materials and instructions are provided by Joann Fabrics with a goal of making 100,000,000 masks for donation: joann.com/make-to-give-response/
     

Childcare 

Childcare options for essential workers

Resources for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

  • IOA Friendship Line The Institute on Aging offers a 24-hour friendship line for people 60 years and older, adults with disabilities and those feeling isolated. 800-971-0016.
  • Covia Social Call — https://covia.org/services/social-call/
  • Covia Well Connected — https://covia.org/services/well-connected/
  • AARP has set up a site where you can find a mutual aid group — https://aarpcommunityconnections.org/
  • Mon Ami — https://app.monami.io/phone-bank/welcome
    • Mon Ami is a new volunteer matching program enabling volunteers to help at-risk individuals who need help. The program is being piloted with OpenHouse, a local service provider for housing and support services for seniors and adults with disabilities. The Office of Transgender Initiatives is assisting with the pilot program.

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