Just like the rest of the world, at BakerRipley, we’re adjusting to our new normal during the coronavirus pandemic.
As our community looks for answers, we are beginning to shift and pivot our actions to ensure we are providing the support needed for both our staff and those we serve.
With a shifting regional landscape, different needs and situations will definitely arise. We don’t know exactly what will be asked of us, but like we have in the past, we’re committed to aiding our neighbors whatever the needs may be.
Today, we are finding new ways to support our neighbors and will continue to adjust as the situation evolves. Stay tuned to our channels for updates and information.
The following are a few examples of how our teams are adjusting to better support our neighbors.
Fab Lab Houston is out there in the front lines creating parts for face shields using our 3D printers. This is part of a regional effort to fabricate PPE for Houston.
The Fab Lab team is also working on new content and lessons that will be online next week.
Our staff is distributing food at some of our centers, a much-needed service for our neighbors. For more, you can read the KHOU story.
The Head Start schools launched virtual learning modules and sent out lesson kits to the homes of our students. This includes providing laptops for students and identifying new and innovative learning opportunities to meet their needs.
Our Small Business team continues to support our entrepreneurs via virtual classes and meetings.
Our Health & Wellness team started a telephone reassurance program, where staff and volunteers call older adults for a wellness check and to assess their needs. The team is also coming up with activities – like a newsletter with word search puzzles or online bingo – to help keep our seniors stay active and busy. The newsletter was placed inside the food boxes distributed to our neighbors, currently, BakerRipley is providing food for 2,000 seniors.
Now more than ever we must continue working to achieve equity for our neighbors who will be disproportionally impacted by the pandemic.