|Re: Care Team||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Maggi (librarymaggigmail.com)|
|Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2020 09:07:16 -0700 (PDT)|
Our community (Touchstone Cohousing in Ann Arbor) has a small committee, Touchstone Cares, that recognizes birthdays and organizes support efforts for individuals celebrating a milestone. We developed this response plan to support community members who went into isolation for COVID symptoms. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IX8B-AZundXPJbB7G5T3D8qIRW9t7nx5gIMZZcLMApI/edit?usp=sharing I was the test case, and it was really nice -- not too much, just enough support. On Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 1:19 AM Grace Kim <grace [at] schemataworkshop.com> wrote: > 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. > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://L.cohousing.org/info > > > >
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