|Re: Care Team||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Grace Kim (graceschemataworkshop.com)|
|Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2020 22:19:04 -0700 (PDT)|
Responding to Charla Lowery: Does any community have a care team where they reach out to community members on a regular basis to see how they?re doing and to see if they need anything? If so,?I would be interested to find out more about their team and if they have anything in writing that they might share with us, Heartwood Commons in Tulsa,?Oklahoma. _______ Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing (CHUC) has been living together in the same building for 4 years. And while we had a community life team, and ppl were organically checking in during meals and other social events pre-covid; we decided post-covid to be really intentional about this. We don't have a committee per se. When our "stay home" orders went into effect in WA state (early March), we were meeting twice weekly via Zoom. After a couple of months we went to weekly, and a month and half after that, we went to monthly (which was our normal cadence). During the weekly meetings, we did 2-3 check-ins where we simply went in rounds and discussed how we were feeling. It was helpful/useful to understand the level of anxiety we were each experiencing around Covid-19, job/financial situations, safety/security around the building/neighborhood with occupied protests outside our doors. I should note that there are only 9 households (17 adults) - all of us participate at meetings, but that is only 17 ppl to do a full round - so its manageable to do that 1-2 times within a 2-hour meeting. We also started a "community support fund" during that time - a pot of money that only the treasurer has knowledge of. Anonymous donations could be made to the fund. And households could request money from the fund (no questions asked). The intent was that if anyone was experiencing financial hardships, that there was a safety net without questions asked. The treasurer is tasked with reporting the balance of the fund on a regular basis so people knew whether it needed replenishing, or if there was any funds that could be requested. I think it wouldn't hurt for a larger community to have a team/point person to do this check-in on a regular basis. Or you could go to a buddy system (pair up households) - so if someone is experiencing a hardship that requires community support, but doesn't feel comfortable asking directly, they could talk to their buddy household - who could manage the ask/coordination of services for the family. i.e., family has a member who has extreme medical condition and needs support for meals and rides to hospital. The buddy household could coordinate a list of volunteers for rides and meals and check in with family regularly to report back to community about additional requests or to give status updates. This could relieve the family needing support from a lot of unnecessary email/conversation during this stressful time. grace h. kim aia | schemata workshop, inc. principal pronouns: she/her 1720 12th avenue seattle wa 98122 p 206.285.1589 c 206.795.2470 schemataworkshop.com Watch my TED talk at TED.com Please note: Schemata Workshop employees are currently working remotely given the current public health situation.
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