*Original letter written by Guilu Murphy and Charlie Espedido

Dear DDCSP Community,

We write at this time to extend our thoughts to you and your communities during the COVID-19 health crisis. We know that many of you are dealing with stressful, sudden changes to your personal, professional, and academic commitments, including shelter in place directives/ordinances. We want to recognize the likely direct impact on the DDCSP community and lift up your needs at this time. This crisis also comes with additional financial, physical, and emotional strain, particularly as you each have deep commitments to your communities. Please know that your DDCSP community is here. We encourage you all to continue to support each other within and across cohorts.

COVID-19 places an undue burden on already vulnerable populations and further exposes existing social inequities. To that end, we've collected some mutual aid resources that have links to locally specific resources and fundraisers that may be relevant to you and/or those most impacted.

Mutual Aid Resources

 

The DDCSP Team is mindful of how this situation could affect our programming, but please feel free to reach out to us with any information as to how we can best support you during this time. If we can help with working from home resources, online meeting tools and ideas, as well as someone to talk to for emotional support, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Please take good care of yourselves and your home communities, and please do reach out to sydney@elpnet.org, or any other DDCSP staff if you need to talk.