29 Dec Holidays at Home
If we learned only one thing this year, it was how to cope with change. Most people don’t like change or but 2020 left us no choice. In the weeks leading up to the holiday season, New Hope’s leaders had countless discussions about the safety concerns related to COVID-19 spread in our community and the additional risk that family visits would carry this year. New Hope made the difficult decision to limit these visits including family visiting New Hope homes or New Hope individuals visiting their family home. Without these visits, most New Hope clients spent the holidays at their New Hope home with the same housemates and support staff that they have been spending their time with throughout this pandemic.
We are so thankful for the selfless sacrifice of all those families who missed out on spending the holidays with their loved one. Your support and understanding has helped protect the health and safety of our entire New Hope community.
Despite these changes, New Hope worked hard to make the holidays special. We heard stories about families braving the cold weather to make holiday visits through the window/door at New Hope homes. We hosted a virtual holiday party with our friends from College Park Church. We organized a holiday card exchange for over 70 individuals and homes. Our Maintenance Department took on the role of Santa’s elves, delivering gifts to the individuals living in New Hope homes. Over 50 individuals also received gifts from our generous sponsors at Ascension St. Vincent through the Hope for the Holidays program.
We hope that all of our families and individuals found ways to enjoy the holiday season and were able to spread some cheer without spreading germs.