Something we are currently facing, as is everyone in Ohio, is the impact of the Coronavirus. We are fortunate that nobody in the safe house has shown any signs of contracting the virus, although we have had a few cases of the flu this winter. We currently have 17 residents staying at our house, 14 of them being children ages 3-18. Thankfully the routine of the house has not been too disrupted because all of the children are currently homeschooled. This has been a blessing because our residents are able to continue with their normal routines for the most part. We've been amazed to see how our residents are keeping themselves busy. When the weather is good, the children love to go outside and play basketball or go on a walk to the creek, our older children occupy their time by baking sweet treats for everyone, and our mothers have been doing activities like sewing and going on walks.
One of our biggest concerns right now is providing the necessary groceries and household items for each resident. We have been running low on toilet paper and laundry detergent, and pray that we can continue to source these items for our residents when so many grocery stores are having trouble keeping these items in stock. We have been blessed by countless donations of groceries and home supplies that have enabled us to provide for our residents.
As a nonprofit organization, we rely heavily on donations as our primary form of income. With people currently off work, or working from home, we understand that routines are disrupted and adjustments need to be made, but we are praying that we continue to receive donations and funding through this time so that we can remain operational and support our residents as best we can.