We at BCFS Health and Human Services met COVID-19 head on by leveraging our years of expertise to adapt and transition its efforts to overcome the pandemic’s unique challenges. Our Corpus Christi location responded quickly after COVID-19 started to spread, as we found creative ways to offer services to children and their families.
A core part of our efforts in the area centered on increasing area youths and parents’ access to career planning and educational opportunities. We’ve provided these services for years and needed to adjust their delivery due to the distancing requirements of the pandemic.
Leading this campaign is Robin Soto, Director of BCFS Health and Human Services’ Corpus Christi location. She and her exemplary staff members found a variety of ways to empower, educate, and engage children, young adults, and entire families struggling with the impacts of COVID-19.
We’re proud of every team member involved, as their hard work produced several success stories that helped transform lives. For example, our team helped Lena a young 22-year-old mom with a young child and another on the way. Lena held a job at the local school district, but unfortunately, she was out of work after the pandemic arrived and kids in the district shifted to online schooling. BCFS Health and Human Services stepped in and helped Lena with a month of rent payments and kept her moving forward with a weekly job list so she could get back to work and support her growing family. We also connected her with an organization called Foster Angels of South Texas who provided her with a crib and other baby-related materials. After this support, Lena began working again and is eagerly looking forward to welcoming her second child.
Another success story for our organization involved a family of four that utilized our parenting classes. We worked closely with a mother of four kids who needed help managing her kids at home. Some of the children developed concerning behaviors, and the parenting classes helped the mom understand potentials causes for poor behavior and strategies for helping everyone in the household work better together. As a complement to the parenting classes, we also offer families gift cards for local grocery stores and provide them with board games to help ease some of the tedium of quarantine.
We’ve consistently helped families in the Coastal Bend area before and during the COVID-19 epidemic and we’ll continue to offer this support after it fades. Through our efforts we’ve become a trusted partner with other area nonprofits and leaders as we continue to serve the needs of Corpus Christi children and their families.