Updated: 4/16/2020

The Whole Child is a 62-year-old nonprofit organization providing comprehensive services to some of the most vulnerable families in Los Angeles County and in this unprecedented time, we will continue being a source of strength and stability to the families we serve. With the continuing spread of COVID-19 within Los Angeles County and the U.S., we are rigorously following all guidance and policies issued by federal, state and local authorities, in order to maintain the health and safety of our clients, staff, partners, volunteers and community. We remain committed to serving the essential needs of our clients while actively doing our part in helping reduce the spread of this pandemic, thus we have modified our services until further notice

 

Modification of Services and Resources (until further notice)

 

AGENCY-WIDE:

The Whole Child has temporarily closed eight of its sites and will maintain three open. We will ensure  frequent disinfection of high-touch services like door handles and lobby areas, as well as implementing proper social distancing in our open sites. We have reduced staff on-site and have modified site schedules from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. We kindly ask, that all visitors wash their hands before entering our open facilities and in accordance with health mandates, wear masks, covering their nose and mouth.  In addition, The Whole Child will strengthen resources and support at our interim housing facility. General agency questions can be emailed to: twcinfo@thewholechild.org

 

MENTAL HEALTH:

During this unparalleled period, The Whole Child has temporarily suspended in-person mental health client services at school sites and in group sessions. All mental health services will be provided via telephone and video conferencing. Crisis services may be delivered on a case by case basis. Intakes will be done exclusively by phone. Any questions regarding mental health services may be emailed to: twcservicecoordination@thewholechild.org

 

  FAMILY HOUSING:

The Whole Child remains committed to serving the needs of some of our community’s most vulnerable residents, our housing clients, during this arduous time. Prevention and diversion intakes are being done exclusively via phone. Case Management for our rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing clients is also being conducted by phone. We will continue to work in collaboration and make prompt payments to our crisis housing partners to ensure the safety of our clients. We have increased staff at our Safe Families Interim Housing Complex in Echo Park to directly counter the increased needs of our clients. We are resolute in offering our housing residents a safe and clean facility to live. We serve all (breakfast, lunch and dinner) daily meals on-site.  All events planned at the Safe Families Interim Housing Complex have been postponed until further notice. Housing clients that are experiencing flu/cold symptoms will be immediately placed in contact with medical professionals and local public health departments for further observation.

On behalf of community partners, additional supportive resources (food, finances, childcare and more) can be accessed at this link: One Degree Resource Guide

For food resources available for Los Angeles county students and individuals facing food insecurity, please access the following link for more information: Los Angeles Mass Resource List 

Questions regarding our family housing services can be emailed to: frt@thewholechild.org

 

   PARENT ENRICHMENT:

In-person parent enrichment home visitation and monthly group socialization and trainings for families with children ages 1- 5 years, have been put on hold in the interim. Individual family phone/video conferencing sessions are being coordinated with clients and our parent enrichment staff. For more information on our parenting enrichment programs, please email: TWCHomeVisiting@thewholechild.org

 

  NUTRITION EDUCATION:

In coordination with CalFresh Healthy Living guidelines, our nutrition education team will continue to advocate for adoption of a healthy lifestyle and will showcase videos on best tips for immunity building which will be posted on our social media platforms and be distributed through coordination with partner schools. Please follow us on our social media @TheWholeChild. Questions specific to nutrition education can be emailed to: sgonzalez@thewholechild.org 

 

The Whole Child has postponed its annual fundraising gala, Raise the Roof, to early Fall 2020. On behalf of the gala committee and staff who have worked tirelessly to create an incredible night to lay a strong foundation for our Homeless to Homeowner project, we hope that you will join us in early Fall. Thank you to our sponsors for championing our mission and their support of this decision. An announcement will be made when the new gala date is confirmed.

Lastly, we encourage you to follow recommended actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • When going out in the public for essential errands/work, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
  • Practice social distancing. Stay a minimum of 6 feet away from persons you do not live with.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then dispose of the tissue and clean your hands immediately.
  • Limit close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.

To learn more about coronavirus and to access up to date information in Los Angeles county, please visit The County of Los Angeles Public Health.

 

Updates

We recognize that the COVID-19 (coronavirus) health crisis continues to change rapidly, and we would like to invite you to visit us regularly at this website and follow us on social media @TheWholeChildCA for the most up-to-date changes that may impact our services, as well as helpful information to cope in this pandemic,

The importance of our mission at The Whole Child of helping families to raise emotionally and physically healthy children and have a place to call home, stays especially true now more than ever. The COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically impacted the well-being of our entire community and we remain determined in being a vital resource to all the families we serve.

We thank all our donors and community partners, who have assisted in providing relief to the increased needs of our clients.

If you would like to help and make a tax-deductible donation to our Crisis Response Fund, please visit thewholechild.org/donate