March 12, 2020
As you know, the first originating case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Thurston County. This was to be expected, and while that was announced PiPE was planning our own response to COVID-19.
PiPE holds the County contract for shelter-in-place activities in hazardous weather situations, and our contract had very recently been amended to provide shelter-in-place activities during emergency events. Shelter-in-place is providing basic need support to camps.
PiPE has chosen to close our drop-ins and support groups for the foreseeable future. As difficult as this decision was, PiPE has 10 total staff members, and a small space. We are unable to follow the drop-in recommendation to quarantine people with symptoms, nor are we healthcare workers. However, PiPE has one of the largest non-profit outreach teams in the county, and we are trained advocates who value harm reduction and trauma-informed practices. We have closed our drop-ins and our support groups to prioritize shelter-in-place, so that our unhoused neighbors can do the social distancing that is needed to protect themselves. Mobile advocacy (providing survivor advocacy to those who cannot come in to social services) and survivor advocacy appointments will continue, so please reach out to us if you need support!
PiPE’s outreach activities will be five days a week for the foreseeable future, and today is our first day providing emergency shelter-in-place activities. We are working closely with our community partners, such as Just Housing Olympia, Thurston County, City of Olympia and those involved with the Greater Regional Outreach Workers League to support our unhoused neighbors during this pandemic.
We know that we are all facing economic hardships at this time, but for those who are able to, we ask that you donate to PiPE so that we can make these outreach and survival strategies sustainable in the coming months.
Interested in volunteering with PiPE? We have an extensive training process for direct service, so we primarily need support with supply organization.
Just Housing Olympia is also in need of volunteers! https://www.facebook.com/JustHousingOly
These are the supplies we are handing out at this moment, and most of which we can use more of!
- Warm gloves
- Hand warmers
- Bottled water
- Hand sanitizer (while supplies last)
- Hand soap
- Rubbing alcohol
- Nitrile gloves
- Disposable thermometers (while supplies last)
- Ziplock bags
- Baby wipes
- Toilet paper
- Garbage bags
- Food (that is easy to transport and easy to eat)
- Condoms (PiPE has plenty)
- Pregnancy tests
- Wound care supplies
- Alcohol wipes
- Small gauze pads
- And more…
Supplies can be dropped off at PiPE Tuesday-Friday 1-5, or call/email us to schedule a time. (360) 357-4472, and email@example.com
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