To date, there have not been any confirmed or suspected cases of Coronavirus among First Place staff. However, we will be transitioning to teleworking (working away from First Place offices) from March 16 through March 27. Although we are closing our offices temporarily, our work with youth will continue. We are prepared to make ongoing adjustments to ensure our young people continue to receive vital support while minimizing the risk of exposure for staff and youth alike. We are monitoring developments closely and have established a response team to coordinate our efforts.
For our young people who have already been through many crises and periods of uncertainty in their lives, the unknowns that we are all facing in the current moment can be particularly stressful. In addition to questions about the health effects of the virus, we are also hearing from our young people that they are worried about their schooling, employment, and ongoing financial stability if they miss class or work due to illness or if their employers begin to limit hours or cancel shifts.
While we hope that these concerns remain hypotheticals, if and when they arise we will be there to help our young people persevere. Just as we would with any other hurdles or setbacks they encounter.
Thank you for your unwavering support of our work,
Chief Executive Officer