COVID-19 Update: Community Supports
and Crisis Response

The health and safety of Horton’s Kids families, volunteers, and staff are – and always will be – our highest priority. During the COVID-19 crisis, we remain committed to providing critical supports to the children and families we serve, while adhering to best practices to prevent the spread of the virus.

Horton’s Kids participants and their families are among the most adversely affected by this crisis. Mandated school closings mean more households are relying on us for meals, and children risk falling behind academically. Staying at home has led to emotional and personal distress, with families of four to eight people living in small two-bedroom apartments. Mandatory business closures mean many parents are unable to work and provide for their families, without significant savings to fall back on.

We are providing essentials services with some short-term adjustments to operations. Read more below about our virtual programs and increased health and basic needs supports. These shifts are ensuring children remain safe, healthy, and learning during this crisis.


Our COVID-19 services include:

  • Distribution of meals, groceries, toiletries, diapers, and cleaning supplies to children and families. Click here to support these efforts.

  • Virtual tutoring and homework help to make sure children stay on track.

  • Supplemental enrichment activities, discussion groups, and demonstrations to help keep kids stimulated and reduce stress.

  • Virtual case management and therapy to support children and parents through a uniquely stressful period.

  • Financial and logistical supports for Horton’s Kids alumni and parents.

  • Weekly family check-ins to see how they are doing and what supports they need. We are connecting parents with resources about receiving aid, filing for unemployment, and getting access to testing and healthcare.

With the overwhelming generosity of our supporters, Horton’s Kids created the Family Resilience Fund. This fund will build on the COVID-19 relief efforts that started at the onset of the pandemic. It will be used to provide personalized supports that address the unique, ever-changing needs of the families we serve, removing barriers to good health and quality education. Help us continue to support our community during the Covid-19 outbreak by making a donation below. 

 

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