These are hard times. People are experiencing everything from fear to boredom. Many are worried about their financial future. Children are at home and parents are trying to find ways to help them understand what is happening and keep them engaged While there's much we must deal with, there are also an increasing number of helpful resources. Hopefully some of these can help you and your family practice resilience, safety, and kindness. This is just a beginning. Please feel free to share other ideas you have to EWCDems@gmail.com and we will add them to the list
State of Oregon has an excellent site giving us updates on everything from number of cases to info flyers in many languages.
Washington County has resources and information on the current number of cases in our county.
There are many great lists of resources out there now. Check at the bottom of this post for some of them.
Taking care of ourselves
With the isolation of social distancing, it is easier to become depressed or alone. If you or someone you know needs help, you can call Lines for Life at 800-273-8255, 24/7/365 or Text 273TALK to 839863 8am-11pm PST daily and talk to a counseling professional. You can also call the Lines for Life Drug and Alcohol helpline at 800-923-4357 for a listing of online or in-person AA and NA meetings available.
In response to social distancing orders, Oregon Recovers has pivoted from advocacy to focus on getting resources to people in recovery, especially in rural areas. This website serves as a statewide recovery network, providing Oregonians access to all forms of recovery available in their specific localities, including food and employment links.
Here are some very useful resources for supporting individuals with autism during difficult times. The full packet includes templates and other links to implement support.
Oregon Senior Peer Outreach, a program of Community Counseling Solutions, has launched “Senior Connection," a free program to keep Washington County older adults connected while they stay at home. Certified peer support specialists trained to work with older adults make friendly calls to listen and provide support weekly or more often upon request. Call 1-833-736-4676 to sign-up for this free program.
If you are in crisis or just want someone to talk to, please know that you are not alone! Call the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111 or the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255 (press 1 for veterans or service members).
Families and couples are challenged by spending much time together while being cut off from the usual supports. Reach out if this is leading to concerns or dangers in your relationship. Here is a link to services throughout Oregon. If you are in immediate danger call 911.
One of my favorite The Metropolitan Opera is offering a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 4:30 p.m. PDT until 3:30 p.m. the following day. A list of upcoming operas is on the website.
Play online games that teach you about birds courtesy of the Cornell Labs Bird Academy.
The Great Courses is offering a free one month trial to explore a vast number of topics.
Packed with Pride is a joint effort of the Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools, the Tigard-Tualatin School Education Association, the Tigard-Tualatin Student Union, and TTSD School Board Members Maureen Wolf and Ben Bowman. The webpage gives you a chance to volunteer or donate funds or goods to serve families in the Tigard Tualatin School District who are in need.