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Dear Friends of Birthline;
In a world upended by the Coronavirus, I hope that you and your family are healthy, safe and adjusting to the ever-changing landscape of these uncertain times. As an essential service, Birthline’s Clairemont location has remained open throughout the pandemic providing basic needs to San Diego’s most vulnerable families. But with social distancing requirements, sanitation protocols and the majority of our experienced volunteers sheltering in place, Birthline has had to make some very difficult decisions.
Closing of Chula Vista Office
So, it is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that Birthline has had to close our Chula Vista office.
This means we need to provide support and assistance to all our clients from one location. With needs increased, your contributions and support are more critical than ever. We need to properly staff, train, and manage our Clairemont office to ensure we can provide our services and resources to the clients throughout the San Diego area.
Adjusting to COVID-19 at Clairemont Office
Because of the Coronavirus, Birthline has had to implement many changes in the delivery of our services. We are no longer allowing clients inside our office as we cannot maintain social distancing. All supplies are being distributed on a “walk-through” basis outside our front door or delivered directly to clients in their cars. Further, we are now transitioning to required appointments for all clients. The logistics of scheduling, confirming and following-up on over 60 – 80 appointments per week has necessitated hiring a bi-lingual Office Manager who can coordinate this process as well as ensure that all clients adhere to our COVID-19 protocols.
Evolution Program Continues
As Birthline continues to focus on transforming lives, we are pleased to announce the upcoming hiring of Johana as our new Office Manager through our Evolution Program. From client to volunteer to employee, Johana is hard-working, organized, Spanish speaking, college educated, and committed to giving back to Birthline. She has been instrumental in our ability to manage all of the required changes needed to keep our doors open during these challenging times.
Birthline’s Compassionate Service Continues to Make a Difference
Recently, a pregnant mother with 4 small children traveled from Chula Vista to visit our Clairemont office. A victim of domestic violence with looming housing insecurity due to COVID-19, she was experiencing such resulting stress that she was considering terminating her pregnancy. With an open heart and attentive listening, our volunteer assured her she was not alone and gave her hope. Scheduling a same day appointment for an ultrasound at Culture of Life, a local pregnancy resource center, this client was visibly moved with the love and attention she received to help nurture and stabilize her family.
At Birthline we have proved the power of compassion and its ability to transform the lives of those in need.
We cannot do this alone. Your contributions to Birthline are what make these interactions possible. Your donations provide the means for our volunteers to support these families in need as well as fund the vitally needed Evolution Program, that assists deserving, hard-working and appreciative former clients on their path to independence.
It is together, donors and volunteers, that we can provide the much needed supplies (such as diapers, formula, clothing, strollers, etc.) as well as referrals and resources for safe housing, food, job training, education, county services and access to prenatal care.
Please join us in supporting families in our community by sending us a tax deductible donation in the enclosed envelope or go to our website at www.birthlineofsd.org and make a donation online.
I thank you for your generous support of our work and pray that you and your family are healthy and safe.
Blessings to you,
Birthline of San Diego County, Inc.
Birthline is continuing to serve San Diego’s most vulnerable pregnant women and families with young children during the COVID-19 crisis. The scarcity of basic necessities (like formula and food) and the closure of essential government and social services has placed overwhelming burdens on this already fragile population. We are seeing a recurring problem of moms unable to find formula to feed their babies.
Newborn Baby in Need of Formula
Take for example a new client who came to Birthline this week who had a 1-month old preemie baby that weighed no more than 5 pounds. This mom had recently moved to San Diego and had no money, no support system and was not yet receiving county services. She was desperate to find diapers, clothing and special formula for her newborn. Birthline provided not only free diapers, clothing, and a baby gift bag with newborn essentials, but we also gave her free formula, breastfeeding information and access to a breast pump to try and restart her breast milk.
Extensive Formula Shortage for Poor Families
Unfortunately, the formula shortage extends even to families that are enrolled in government services that provide for free formula-- like WIC (Women, Infant & Children). Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, store shelves are empty of the only formula WIC reimburses--Enfamil. Poor families can’t afford to buy other formula at retail prices, nor can they afford the transportation costs to search for Enfamil at different stores. Before finding Birthline, moms are diluting the little formula they have left or having their babies skip feedings.
Being Part of the Solution
After hearing about this problem from numerous clients, Birthline has contacted WIC management, formula manufacturers, and retail stores to try and coordinate a more systemic solution. We are also asking the community and our generous donors to donate formula so we can have a steady supply to give to families in need. No baby should go hungry during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Other Ways You Can Help
During these uncertain times, we ask for your financial support so we can continue caring for families, for babies and for pregnant women. More than ever before, struggling families need your support, your compassion and your determination to make a difference in their lives. More than ever before, your donations to Birthline will change lives.
Certain retailers will not deliver to a P.O. Box. If so, mail to: Birthline of San Diego County, 5052 Clairemont Dr., Ste. 178421, San Diego, CA 92177
We include baby wipes in each baby gift bag and give to homeless moms who don't have access to a sink. However, more and more moms are asking for baby wipes during COVID-19 pandemic.
Moms have been asking for feminine products. This is an essential item.
We buy many of our baby gift bag items from these stores--diaper rash ointment, baby wash, baby shampoo, baby thermometers, bibs, board books, newborn clothing, socks, burp clothes, bottles, pacifiers, etc.)
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