Sarah’s Hope Family Shelter in West Baltimore continues to provide exceptional care to families struggling with homelessness in these unprecedented times due to the
pandemic. While we know that COVID-19 disproportionately affects people of color and marginalized populations struggling with poverty, St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore (SVDP) continues to serve without interruption.
Since March, Sarah’s Hope has remained at capacity. Thanks to early adoption of CDC guidelines, including daily screening and social distancing, Sarah’s Hope has seen only one positive case (contracted and isolated outside of the shelter.)
In addition to implementing and adjusting protocols to ensure the safety of the staff and clients, SVDP case management and supportive services continue. Ten families have secured permanent housing, and resident children were able to attend an onsite summer camp that included daily educational programming and outdoor activity.
Staff members that the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle has worked with through the years have been promoted, and SVDP has been able to attract exciting new talent. Elishabha Eaton is the new Children’s Coordinator at Sarah’s Hope. She is excited to join the resources serving children there. Elishabha has wonderful ideas on how to bring warmth and joy to the children during holidays, while keeping everyone safe and healthy.