Updated April 30, 2020
READY FOR TOMORROW
Everything has changed. Working from home, social distancing, toilet paper: these are just a few things we could not have imagined being important a couple weeks ago, but today they are our priorities. COVID-19 has impacted everyone in almost every way. We know that the most susceptible people are at the highest risk, like the homeless, the compromised, and the elderly.
While our young adults at Ready for Life are strong and resilient, they also fall into this high-risk category. Many are searching for stability in housing, employment, health, and social acceptance. The adversities our former foster youth face don’t go away during a crisis like Coronavirus, in fact they often get worse. We are seeing the number of young people we serve as well as their emergency needs grow significantly during this time. We are doing everything we can to continue to assist this vulnerable population, but we need your help.
Today, our RFL Skill Center is technically closed; however, that has not stopped the critical services Ready for Life offers. Youth can still pick up emergency food and personal supplies; receive mental health counseling; and get support from their Youth Specialist on their individual needs, only now virtually or by appointment.
Our young people need YOUR help, now more than ever. We are launching the Ready for Tomorrow Crisis Relief Campaign to help our youth not only weather this hardship, but the ones they already face on a daily basis. Please consider making a monetary donation to Ready for Life.
All donations will go towards relief programs such as:
Keep In Touch (KIT) Program
A $200 donation provides one youth with the lifeline of a phone and covers the bill for 90 days, making sure they stay connected to the RFL Family
Emergency Utilities Recovery
$100 helps one household with one month of utilities costs
Emergency Needs – Grocery & Gas Gift Cards
Grocery store gift cards for emergency basic needs (Walmart, Publix, Costco, Sam’s)
Gas gift cards for essential transportation support ($10 each)
**Gift cards can be mailed to Ready for Life, 2300 Tall Pines Drive, #100, Largo, FL 33771 or email Mwalag@readyforlifepinellas.org to arrange drop off.
With your support, our youth can survive this crisis. You are making an immediate impact today and securing a brighter future for tomorrow.
Joy & Bob Estes
Liz & Larry Heinkel