Local Resource Lists & How 1 Nonprofit is Helping Foster Families Facing Hardships Due to COVID-19
During this time of great stress and uncertainty, one local nonprofit is making sure foster youth have everything they need and is also providing a list of emergency service to all Yavapai County Residents.
By Mona Stephens
For many of us in Yavapai County it feels like we are living in the “Twilight Zone” as we navigate through these unprecedented times. Many of us are without work, and some of us don’t have enough supplies because the store shelves are in a constant state of empty.
During these uncertain times, the one thing we can be sure of in Yavapai County is that we are a community that supports one another and will do so, more than ever, during these times.
Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation (YC4KF) is proud to be alleviating some of the situation for local foster families in the county and has curated a list of resources all community members can benefit from during this time.
Help For Foster & Kinship Families
Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation has been meeting the unmet needs of foster youth under the care of the Yavapai County Juvenile Court-Prescott since 2001. YC4KF is expanding the support it provides in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Families who cannot afford necessity items as a result of COVID-19 related income loss will be able to receive an Emergency Service Card (normally an Emergency Clothing Card). This card will enable families to have funds for items such as food, diapers, toiletries, and things of that nature.
These cards are specifically for online and in-store purchases. They do not cover the cost for needs such as rent or utilities. This service will go on until the pandemic is over. Then the Emergency Service Card funds will be restricted to emergency clothing for foster youth as originally intended.
How To Get A Emergency Service Card
For a family to receive this card their foster child or kinship placement must have a case originating in the Yavapai County Juvenile Courts-Prescott. All families that fit this description, that are in need, are encouraged to contact their DCS caseworker and ask for an Emergency Services Card that was provided to them by Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation.
Should any issues arise please contact YC4KF at Info@yavapaiCASAforKids.org with the subject line: Emergency Service Card
Follow the links below for lists of community resources, emergency services, and critical changes being made due to COVID-19. There are great resource lists compiled at Arizona Signals, and AZ GYCC. Each list has something new to add and together, YC4KF, feels it makes a complete list.
Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation wishes everyone in the community safety as we all ride this Coronavirus wave, together.
You Can Make A Difference, Locally
We are anticipating an influx of children entering the foster care system due to the stress COVID-19 has brought on. These children, need our help more than ever now.
To make sure these vulnerable youth have all they need and more
When you donate before April 7th 2020, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar!