Our Response to COVID-19

Relationships Aren’t Cancelled!

During the COVID-19 health crisis, and the national spotlight on racial and societal inequities in our community, Family of Friends is more committed than ever to the health and safety of our participants, staff and our community.  At this time, our staff are working from home and our office is closed. During the Statewide lock-down in Oregon from March-June our 60+ matches transitioned to remote mentoring.  This meant switching from in-person weekly outings and group activities, to a variety of virtual options including: video chats, phone calls, online art classes and games, car-window hello’s, reading the same books, sending letters back and forth and much more. Our kids, mentors and staff have shown incredible resilience, commitment and creativity during this time!

Our families already experienced difficult and tenuous financial and living situations, which the pandemic has made only worse.  With the help of generous donors and community supporters, between March-June we offered grocery gift-cards to our most impacted families and will continue to aid in food box delivery through the summer with help from our supply partners; Snow Cap and Sunshine Division.

In Effect As of June 19th, 2020:

Per Multnomah County’s entrance into Phase 1 of reopening, we have begun to cautiously re-start in-person visits between individual youth and mentor matches.  Mentors and parents have been provided with an updated set of guidelines based on Multnomah County’s Guidelines for Youth Programs and Summer Camps.  Staff continue to work individually with each volunteer and family to decide the best strategy for each person’s in-person participation.  We will continue to abide by social distancing rules including face-coverings and outdoor activities whenever possible.

At this time we are beginning to recruit volunteers for our Fall 2020 cohort (which was postponed from Spring).

Still in effect for staff and program:

  • No group meetings above 25 people
  • Staff based from home with limited business related travel
  • Social distancing rules apply
  • Face coverings rules apply
  • Extra cleaning and disinfecting of materials used by staff and/or participants

We will continue to follow local and statewide requirements for safety and health during the pandemic.

For questions, please contact our Executive Director, Michelle Kosta mkosta@family-of-friends.org