Dear Friends of OPP,
Together we are facing unprecedented times of crisis and need. The COVID-19 crisis is adversely impacting the lives of youth who depend on OPP for intense support in navigating through the day to day stresses and obstacles in their lives.
These are extraordinary times. For many of our youth, OPP serves as their family and forever home. Many were already living on the brink in extremely vulnerable circumstances that now have only become more complicated and utterly dangerous. The COVID-19 crisis is creating real isolation for youth, loss of income and stressing families all around. Help us to ensure that youth don’t lose contact with their vital support network that OPP provides in this time of greater need.
Your gift will make an immediate impact:
Basic Needs of Youth
One of our youth, a young mom, has been homeless since March and the baby is due in May. OPP is currently working to help her move into permanent housing and continue to work remotely so that she can continue to earn and learn. Despite these obstacles she hasn’t missed a single shift of her remote internship and with support from OPP tutors, is completing her education and making plans for her family’s future.
Together we can provide critical support including items like emergency groceries, baby formula and diapers, personal hygiene products, care packages and other emergency needs during this crisis. Your donation makes it possible for OPP to continue providing support services remotely, access to the internet for academic work and job searches.
Keeping Youth Connected
Imagine that your only connection to a supportive adult in the outside community right now is your Youth Development Specialist at OPP. Think about the youth released from incarceration into this crisis who finds himself homeless with no phone, income or family connection.
This is the reality for many of our foster youth who are in congregate care with no technology, connection to relatives or other adults—they are only connected to their OPP Youth Development Specialist (YDS) who is now negotiating access through scheduled phone dates! This is also the reality of our re-entry youth whose YDS found a bed and cell phone to ensure contact and basic needs, thus stemming the danger of violation of parole due to homelessness and potential illegal activity to meet basic needs.
Consider providing general support for Our Piece of the Pie so our staff can be on emergency calls and we can provide youth with the technological tools needed now. OPP continues to deliver services and provide opportunities for youth to Earn and Learn!
During these difficult times, we are not looking for perfection for our youth or team, but rather connection. Help us to stay tightly connected with our youth even though we are physically apart.
Your help can immediately make a difference and provide the sense of security needed now.
Enid M. Rey, CEO
P.S. The stimulus bill that just passed includes new or restored charitable giving incentives. This makes your gift tax-deductible within extent of the law.