Dear FANM members and friends,
We are going through one of our biggest crises as a community. You are understandably concerned and worried about the future. I want you to know that we hear you and together, we’ll weather this storm of uncertainty.
As the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spreads in the U.S. and around the world, it is vital that we make every effort to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and others. Consequently, we made the difficult decision to close our office starting on Friday, March 20th. However, our case managers, mental health professionals, and our paralegal will continue to provide basic social, supportive, and crisis counseling, as well as mental health services remotely.
Please call us at 305-756-8050 Monday through Friday between the hours of 9a.m.- 5p.m. Through this medium, case managers, mental health professionals, paralegals, and others will do their best to assist you.
Our field workers and community organizers will continue engaging, encouraging, and assisting our client base online and via telephone/social media with the 2020 census, voter education/registration, and other advocacy campaigns.
Our after school staff will continue to work with DCPS to make sure that all children are fed during the school closure. FANM supports all efforts to ensure that no child goes hungry during this time of crisis. Here is the list of DCPS food distribution places in Miami-Dade County and Broward County.
I encourage each and every one to take the necessary steps to practice good hygiene and social distancing as advised by CDC (Center for Disease Control). Per State Guidelines , avoid gatherings of 10 or more people. For additional resources, please visit the World Heath Organization's website.
As many lose employment and benefits, the needs of low income families are greater than ever. Please go to www.fanm.org to donate and support a family in crisis. It is in giving that we receive.
Marleine Bastien, MSW, LCSW
Family Action Network Movement (FANM)