CRC Update during COVID-19 – CRC is Open
As we are all aware by now, Santa Cruz County Public Health Officer has issued Shelter-in-Place Order, directing all people who live in the County to remain in their residence except for essential movement until April 7th. You can read the order here.
CRC staff are still working and we are here to serve! We have our telephone lines, extensions and emails, and we have a video-conferencing capability in place to continue the work remotely – including to facilitate mediations.
This is a time of added stress and as a result it may also be time of heightened conflicts among family members, neighbors, coworkers, landlords and tenants, or different community groups. And, at the same time many people feel isolated and feel that they do not have a place to turn to. We are writing to assure you that you can still call us and that you can still refer people in conflict to call us. We are offering most of our services free of charge to help ease this transition as we work together towards stability and sustainability, ensuring access to resources to all people in Santa Cruz County.
So many people and organizations in our community are finding creative ways to serve the people in need. For the compilation of local information, please remember to visit/call 211 or text 211211.
We urge you to remember that although this is a time of physical distancing it does not mean social distancing. We are all trying to make sense of an unprecedented global-scale situation and learn to navigate our lives in the new circumstances. As we do that, let us remember that leading with our hearts and leading with love and compassion in times of collective fear and in emergency is how we will overcome the hardships our community and the world face. This virus is teaching us how interconnected and interdependent we are. Looking for the best interest for the other absolutely means looking for the best interest for myself.
In light of this, I’m experimenting and extending an invitation to anyone who would like to join: I am setting up an open 60-min call on zoom to talk about how we are weathering the storm. If you would like to join (or pass on to others) there are two options:
May you all be well and healthy and safe, and may we move in heightened presence and awareness.
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