Scroll down to 3/16/2020 to see our initial response and initial list of resources.
Healthcare Coverage for people losing jobs during pandemic:
Spanish (https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://tinyurl.com/ukk8sb9__;!!OToaGQ!5SFDP-Jkqo4zxWTkA8GkL6MpwQOHzhxCtHNZ7h9eHiJ8cznJKPgXF6RyXbBcXWtn-j_c$ ) that are links to Google forms where consumers can give us their contact info to request a direct follow-up.
Governer Cooper to Address Faith Communities:
On behalf of Governor Roy Cooper, I invite our Faith, Nonprofit, Volunteer and Divine-9 partners to a Virtual COVID-19 Engagement Session tomorrow, Wednesday March 25, 2020 from 3:30p-4:30p. You can access the meeting in one of three (3) ways:
- LiveStream at YouTube
- LiveStream at WebEx
- Dial: 415.655.0003
- Code: 618 738 348 #
- mobile one touch: 415.655.0003;618.738.348#
DCIA Policy Response Forum
Time: Mar 24, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs Covid Community Resources: https://sites.duke.edu/covidcommunityresources/
Resources from Faith and Leadership:
Resources from Sojourners Magazine:
Community Without Communing: Resources for Virtual Church
Digital pastors weigh in on shepherding congregations through quarantine.
The Time to Act Like a Community Is Now
COVID-19 is testing our understanding and commitment to our interdependence as the body of Christ.
The Church’s Role in a Pandemic
A pandemic of this magnitude is an opportunity to ask ourselves: What is the true function of community?
Our Church Doors Are Shut and Our Members Quarantined. Yet Grace Abounds
On March 7, Christ Church, Georgetown’s rector, Tim Cole, was diagnosed with COVID-19. Rev. Crystal Hardin speaks to her church’s response.
Protect Your Mental Health While Practicing Social Distancing
Most people battling depression already feel isolated.
The First Rule of Pastoring During an Outbreak: Tell the Truth
Do pastors have any unique responsibilities in the midst of an outbreak?
List of restaurants open for takeout via Bites of Bull City
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.
-2 Cor 1:3-4
Dear Friends of DurhamCares,
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to share some resources (scroll down to skip to resources) with you and update you about programming at DurhamCares. In difficult times like these, loving our neighbors takes on particular urgency and precision. We hope this email will bring you comfort and clarity about how to care for yourself, your loved ones, and everyone throughout our city, and indeed, the world.
First, we want to let you know that we are suspending all in-person meetings and events until further notice. This means that the March Pilgrimage is cancelled and Church Mobilization meetings will happen virtually. However, our staff is available for support and guidance to their respective networks. We are committed to our mission during this pandemic: to foster collaboration, develop leaders, and educate the people of our city to care for their neighbors in holistic ways.
Therefore, we want to offer some resources on a question that many of you may be asking: How do I love my neighbors in a time like this? For where we are right now, here is a start:
Practice Social Distancing: Public health professionals universally advise that the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid social contact. This means that we need to radically alter our daily lives to prevent as much person-to-person contact as possible, even if we are criticized for overreacting. To be clear: in this case, social distancing is loving your neighbor. Unfortunately, social distancing is a privilege that some cannot afford, so we need to reject any shaming of people who cannot work from home or whose sustenance is at stake. But that is why those who are able to practice social distancing need to be more disciplined for the sake of those who are most at risk.
Care for the Most Vulnerable: The people who are most at risk of severe symptoms and death from COVID-19 are the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. Think about those who might fit these categories and check in on them virtually. If checking in virtually is not a possibility, and you believe they do not have anyone else who will check on them, visit them in accordance with CDC guidelines – but only if you have NO SYMPTOMS and HAVE NOT BEEN AROUND PEOPLE WITH SYMPTOMS. If you have, find someone who is healthy to check on them. And remember that even asymptomatic people can spread the disease, so abide by the guidelines even if you do not have symptoms.
Many in our community are also vulnerable to the economic impacts. These are people who cannot work from home, people who need childcare with schools closed, people who depended on schools to feed their children, people without internet, and people without access to grocery delivery. People living in shelters are now more at risk because of close contact and a reduced number of volunteers. At the bottom of this email are some ways you can support some of the organizations and initiatives addressing these challenges.
Advocate for the Most Vulnerable: Organizations and individual action alone will not be enough to take care of everyone affected by the virus. The reality is that we need major support on the local, state, and federal level, especially with the scale and speed of COVID-19. Now is the time to advocate to all elected officials that the most vulnerable must be at the center of all relief efforts, and that relief efforts need to be dramatic and enduring.
Reject Racism: The racism toward Asian-Americans in response to COVID-19 is completely unacceptable. The spread of this global pandemic has caused rampant stigmatization, from children in schools, to adults and leaders. For more information about how this is playing out, listen to DurhamCares board member Gina Chung share about her family’s experience on The State of Things, and read this article by our friend, Angie Hong. This is also a time when all the racial inequities of privilege and access are heightened, so please speak out against all racial discrimination that might happen in hospitals, clinics, workplaces, neighborhoods, and organizations.
Reject Hoarding and Stockpiling: Remember that when you buy more food and household supplies than you need, you are depriving others of necessities. This not only applies to grocery stores, but also to online retailers. Loving our neighbors looks like sharing extra as you take care of your basic necessities.
Pray: The spread of COVID-19 has reminded us that our life is beyond our control and that we cannot rely on ourselves or any particular institution to protect us. As we take action, we pray that God would stop the spread of the disease and protect those infected. We pray for the most vulnerable impacted financially. And we pray for all our leaders to make decisions out of care for the people they lead, and not out of selfish intent.
Perfect Love Casts Out Fear: Finally, a novel disease that is dramatically changing life as usual and threatening our lives will naturally make us fearful. We need not be ashamed if we are afraid. But let’s not allow our fear to lead us to greed, selfishness, and violence toward others. We can trust God to meet us in times of affliction and move us from fear to comfort. Taking precautions and caring for the vulnerable with vigilance is not fear – in fact, it is the loving thing to do. As John tells us, perfect love casts out fear.
Please see our list of resources below for concrete ways that you can care for your neighbors during this time. We will keep this up to date here at www.durhamcares.org/covid-19. If you know of additional resources, please email us at [email protected] And feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
Grace and Peace,
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord;
see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge
– Psalm 46
*Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. If you know of a resource we should add, please email us at [email protected]
NC Coronavirus Hotline: 1-866-462-3821
Public Health Resources and Official COVID-19 Updates:
Webinar with Community Health Coalition of NC – Monday, March 16, 6pm
Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Updates – provides a healthy meal for homebound seniors
School for Conversion is pairing healthy young adults with seniors for regular check-ins.
Parents of Northern Durham Facebook group is coming up with ways to support parents who cannot work with childcare. If you are not part of this group, you can create a similar group in your neighborhood.
Educational Companies Offering Free Subscriptions for home learning
*Note: Breakfast and Lunch will be provided the week of 3/23 and 3/30 per the plan discussed by DPS.
The following schools are participating:
Maureen Joy Charter School
The hours of operation are 8:00 – 9:00 am for breakfast and 11:00 – 1:00 pm for lunch service. All children ages 1 – 18 years can be served regardless of school attendance or status.
Schools participating are only serving from parking lots so that they are not open to the public.
DPS will be using its staff and not volunteers to serve.
Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Updates – provides a healthy meal for homebound seniors
*Note that the shelters listed above have many food needs as well.
Supporting Local Businesses and Individuals
List of Businesses and Individuals Impacted and How You Can Help (and you can add yourself or your business to this list):
Tuesday, 3/17/2020: DCIA Online Forum for Faith Leaders: DCIA Facebook Page
Ways to Love Amongst COVID-19 (note this is NYC based, but has good ideas for our context)