This year has taught us that our capacity to love others -- often in the face of our own personal challenges -- is much greater than we could have imagined. Every stress or worry brought support in equal measure. Thanks to you, we were able to ensure that our community had access to much-needed wraparound services.
Our Emergency Food Bank remained open daily, providing 2,496 boxes of healthy food throughout the year. Given the significant increase in need around food access, we opened our evening meal to people of any age, without restriction. We gave away more than 40,000 meals through this area of our work alone.
Our Child Development Center and Youth Development Program re-opened in June, allowing parents to return to work with the peace of mind that their children are in a nurturing and engaging environment.
We adapted our school year programming to support students learning virtually. We've often referred to Neighborhood house as a home away from home - this year we became a school away from school for more than 30 kids.
Though we've had to pause lunches and bingo with our senior adults to keep them safe, we've kept up with more than 80 of them through a volunteer call chain, meal deliveries, special holiday deliveries, and frequent check-in calls from our staff.
There is still much to be done to help our friends and neighbors recover from the economic and emotional fall-out of this year, and we intend to be there every step of the way.