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Victory Programs is deemed an essential services provider in Massachusetts under Governor Baker’s March 23, 2020 Emergency Order. As always, the health and safety or our clients and staff continues to be our top priority.
“Responding to health crises has been part of our line of work for decades, and each time, our red doors have remained opened,” said Victory Programs Executive Director Sarah Porter. “As the situation unfolds, we will continue to be responsive and strategic. In this time of great uncertainty, I do know this for sure: We need to stay together, take care of one another, and look after our communities.” (Read Sarah Porter’s full message here)
Victory Programs continued, detailed strategic response to COVID-19 includes, but is not limited to, the following steps:
For more information regarding our response to COVID-19, please contact us.
Financial Impact of COVID-19
Operational costs have increased significantly. Most of these costs are related to staffing, but other costs, such as professional cleaning services, hospital-grade cleaning supplies, additional food/supply purchases, and enhanced technology add up quickly. Simultaneously, VPI is projecting a substantial shortfall in private revenue – mostly due to cancelled or postponed fundraising events. Below are some examples of costs we are incurring from our emergency response plan:
Staffing cost increases: Our goal remains long-term employment of as many staff as possible. Enhanced bonuses, overtime, and other payroll changes have been made to cover for staff who have temporarily stepped away due to their own illness and/or risk, or those around them.
Technology Enhancements: Laptops, and cell phones for staff who don’t have them and are required to work remotely. We are adding extra computers and laptops at programs to compensate for reduced onsite staff and continue operations.
Supplies and Professional Cleaning: Personal Protective Equipment (masks, hand sanitizer, etc.), professional cleaning/sanitizing services, and hospital-grade cleaning supplies.
Food: Meals and meal supplies for families and individual clients who are residing much longer in programs due to no step-down services and/or permanent housing.
6 ways you can help Victory Programs during COVID-19
Join us virtually for our Keep Our Red Doors Open! Virtual Fundraiser on Tuesday, July 21 at noon or Thursday, July 23 at 6pm– Join us from wherever you are for this free, 30-minutes event. You’ll learn about all Victory Programs is doing to keep our clients healthy, safe, and stable through the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll also hear inspiring stories from a Victory Programs graduate and a Boston Living Center staff person. RSVP at give.vpi.org/RedDoorEvent
Donate to the Keep Our Red Doors Open Campaign – Donations will go directly to help cover increased operating costs resulting from the impact of the coronavirus. Thanks to the generous and rapid response from our caring community, we were able to reach the first goal of our Keep Our Red Doors Open campaign of $75,000! As we continue to face significantly increased operating expenses we need your support. Join us in reaching a total of $125,000 by June 30, the end of our fiscal year. Give now
Have extra masks or PPE to donate? Our incredible staff are dedicated to keeping our clients safe and well, but they can only do so if they themselves remain safe and well. To help meet our urgent need for masks, including homemade masks (washable and constructed according to CDC guidelines) and other PPE, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about drop-off at our admin building.
Visit our Amazon Wish List to view in-kind items that would benefit our clients and staff.
Make a food donation – Our community has already responded generously to our call for food (individuals, companies, and restaurants) but the need is great and ongoing. To learn more, email email@example.com or visit our wish lists for priority pantry items.
Reach out to learn more about how you can support Victory Programs! All of the above reflect some but certainly not all our immediate needs. If you have any questions or would like to learn about other ways to give please email firstname.lastname@example.org
While intakes into recovery treatment and/or homelessness services across Massachusetts have significantly slowed, if not ceased, we continue to conduct intakes and, if appropriate programs have openings – depending on quarantine situations at specific Victory Program facilities – we will take new clients into our care.
Please visit our referral resources page for intake contacts by division and program.
For questions about specific programs please contact us. Below are the latest updates from the Boston Living Center, Mobile Prevention Team, and ReVision Urban Farm.
The Boston Living Center is open. Member hours are as follows: Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. To-go breakfast and lunch is available every day – takeout breakfast will be available starting at 10:00 am & lunch at noon. Peer support services are available Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Visit the BLC’s page for more information. For further assistance outside of the member hours, please call 617-236-1012.
The Mobile Prevention Team is temporarily headquartered at our Administrative Building in the Newmarket Square neighborhood near the intersection of Melnea Cass and Mass Ave. Mobile health workers do street based education and outreach making sure that unsheltered individuals have access to harm reduction supplies, including condoms and syringes as well as hand sanitizer. To access mobile prevention team services call/text 617-519-6355 or email email@example.com
ReVision Urban Farm’s Annual Seedling Sale will be moving forward with online pre-order and curbside pick-up ONLY. Submit your pre-order by April 29th. Those who pre-order will be given a set curbside pick-up time for May 2nd. Click here for Seedling Sale Pre-Order and more.
Note to media/in the news
Only essential staff and clients are allowed in programs until further notice. However, we would like the public to remain informed about what’s happening at Victory Programs and are willing to accommodate “socially distanced” interviews and answer further questions.
For media inquiries, please contact Communications Coordinator Jovanny Rosado at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 16, 2020 – Dig Boston: OUTREACH VAN ADDRESSES MORE THAN COVID-19 TO AID THOSE ON STREETS
March 12, 2020 – Boston Herald: City’s homeless are amongst the most vulnerable to coronavirus, advocates say
We are truly inspired and grateful for the continued support we’ve received from caring individuals, foundations, and corporations to ensure our staff and our clients remain safe and well through the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to visit our Be Inspired! page and help us acknowledge those who have supported us thus far and hopefully be inspired to take action yourself!
During this time of isolation, it helps our staff and clients to know that they are not alone — that their community cares about them.