COVID-19

FACES OF COVID-19

In light of COVID-19, ICFS is witnessing how our current health crisis is exacerbating existing social inequities and economic disparities. ICFS’s priority currently is to promote an integrated and holistic COVID-19 response, a coordinated healthcare and social service strategy that ensures individual and family access to basic resources and safe conditions (i.e. access to healthcare, food, shelter, security). At the heart of this strategy is the priority of targeted and inclusive outreach, education, and response efforts that are tailored to the unique realities and needs of diverse populations, a step that is essential to ensure adequate screening and detection for persons at a higher risk of infection, and resource linkage for persons with the most need. Such a strategy would ensure critical resources are accessible to vulnerable and disenfranchised communities that are at an increased risk.

This campaign served as a platform to highlight diverse stories of recovery, resilience, and response to COVID-19, highlighted the issues faced by families, explored how to support one another during this crisis, and provided visibility to the innovative efforts underway to support families and communities.

#FacesofCovid19

By texting “COVID19” to 211211, you can obtain COVID-19 information that is reliable and up-to-date. 211 connects you to information on mental health resources, financial assistance, healthcare resources, and food resources.
By texting “COVID19” to 211211, you can obtain COVID-19 information that is reliable and up-to-date. 211 connects you to information on mental health resources, financial assistance, healthcare resources, and food resources.
Interface is part of the CORE Connection Partnership, which aims to remove barriers, increase awareness, and provide community support to formerly incarcerated individuals to reduce recidivism and encourage successful reentry.
Interface is part of the CORE Connection Partnership, which aims to remove barriers, increase awareness, and provide community support to formerly incarcerated individuals to reduce recidivism and encourage successful reentry.
Interface’s programs aim to prevent, interrupt, and end the cycle of violence in family systems. Please call our Domestic Violence/Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-800-636-6738, dial 211, or text your zip code to 898211 to access support, 24/7.
Interface’s programs aim to prevent, interrupt, and end the cycle of violence in family systems. Please call our Domestic Violence/Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-800-636-6738, dial 211, or text your zip code to 898211 to access support, 24/7.
Call 211 for more information about eligiblity for assistance with food, utility payments, and other benefit programs.
Call 211 for more information about eligiblity for assistance with food, utility payments, and other benefit programs.
Interface provides services including crisis response, community based advocacy, emergency shelter, and training and outreach. Please call our Domestic Violence/Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-800-636-6738, dial 211, text your zip code to 898211 to access support, 24/7
Interface provides services including crisis response, community based advocacy, emergency shelter, and training and outreach. Please call our Domestic Violence/Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-800-636-6738, dial 211, text your zip code to 898211 to access support, 24/7
Neighborhoods for Learning is offering services, including live storytime and activities, help accessing community resources, coronavirus answers, parent education, and online support groups to families with kids ages 0-5 years old.
Neighborhoods for Learning is offering services, including live storytime and activities, help accessing community resources, coronavirus answers, parent education, and online support groups to families with kids ages 0-5 years old.
People everywhere are struggling with increased stress and anxiety due to COVID-19. Interface offers telehealth therapy sessions available by appointment and 24-hr response on the 211 hotline.
People everywhere are struggling with increased stress and anxiety due to COVID-19. Interface offers telehealth therapy sessions available by appointment and 24-hr response on the 211 hotline.
People everywhere are struggling with increased stress and anxiety due to COVID-19. Interface offers telehealth therapy sessions available by appointment and 24-hr response on the 211 hotline.
People everywhere are struggling with increased stress and anxiety due to COVID-19. Interface offers telehealth therapy sessions available by appointment and 24-hr response on the 211 hotline.
In these times of uncertainty, children and families are experiencing higher levels of disruption and stress. Young children develop the tools necessary for success from early learning opportunities, community and family engagement, and a healthy lifestyle. Many families are facing a loss of routine, stability, and community interaction. Interface recognizes the heightened need for support and is still offering Neighborhoods for Learning services via phone and online. These services include activities for your child and Parent Education and Family and Child resource support.
In these times of uncertainty, children and families are experiencing higher levels of disruption and stress. Young children develop the tools necessary for success from early learning opportunities, community and family engagement, and a healthy lifestyle. Many families are facing a loss of routine, stability, and community interaction. Interface recognizes the heightened need for support and is still offering Neighborhoods for Learning services via phone and online. These services include activities for your child and Parent Education and Family and Child resource support.
As of 2018, 5,291 Ventura County students were at risk of homelessness and 538 met the definition of homelessness. Homeless youth have limited access to food, hygiene, and housing options for quarantine (United States Interagency Council on Homelessness). Interface offers services and shelter for youth ages 12-21. Please call our 24 hour/7days a week Youth Outreach Line at 805-469-5882 for guidance, resources, support, and access to shelter and housing referrals.
As of 2018, 5,291 Ventura County students were at risk of homelessness and 538 met the definition of homelessness. Homeless youth have limited access to food, hygiene, and housing options for quarantine (United States Interagency Council on Homelessness). Interface offers services and shelter for youth ages 12-21. Please call our 24 hour/7days a week Youth Outreach Line at 805-469-5882 for guidance, resources, support, and access to shelter and housing referrals.
Social distancing can exacerbate feelings of isolation for victims of exploitation. Vulnerable communities may experience increases in human trafficking due to COVID-19, as financial instability may lead people to take exploitative opportunities (Polaris Project). Digital security is of paramount importance in these times as abusers often use this as an outlet to track and harm victims. Digital safety can be improved by using “Exit-this-site” buttons, deleting communication asking for help from devices, turning off location services, and changing passwords and privacy settings. Interface recognizes the need for an altered approach due to COVID-19 and is dedicated to providing services via telecommunication. Intervention services, including crisis counseling, safety planning, shelter, and advocacy, are still available for those in need. Please call our Domestic Violence/Human Trafficking hotline at 1-800-636-6738, dial 211 or text your zip code to 898211 to access 24/7 support.
Social distancing can exacerbate feelings of isolation for victims of exploitation. Vulnerable communities may experience increases in human trafficking due to COVID-19, as financial instability may lead people to take exploitative opportunities (Polaris Project). Digital security is of paramount importance in these times as abusers often use this as an outlet to track and harm victims. Digital safety can be improved by using “Exit-this-site” buttons, deleting communication asking for help from devices, turning off location services, and changing passwords and privacy settings. Interface recognizes the need for an altered approach due to COVID-19 and is dedicated to providing services via telecommunication. Intervention services, including crisis counseling, safety planning, shelter, and advocacy, are still available for those in need. Please call our Domestic Violence/Human Trafficking hotline at 1-800-636-6738, dial 211 or text your zip code to 898211 to access 24/7 support.
Services to Probation-referred adult clients are provided as part of the Ventura County Project to Support Reentry. This project is designed with the objectives of promoting family stability and economic opportunity for those on formal probation, while improving public safety and reducing recidivism. Many services are available to both client and immediate family members. All services are free of charge, individualized to meet the client’s needs and offered at convenient locations throughout Ventura. The Ventura County Project to Support Reentry is a collaborative Pay for Success (PFS) project between the County, Interface Children & Family Services, and Social Finance.
Services to Probation-referred adult clients are provided as part of the Ventura County Project to Support Reentry. This project is designed with the objectives of promoting family stability and economic opportunity for those on formal probation, while improving public safety and reducing recidivism. Many services are available to both client and immediate family members. All services are free of charge, individualized to meet the client’s needs and offered at convenient locations throughout Ventura. The Ventura County Project to Support Reentry is a collaborative Pay for Success (PFS) project between the County, Interface Children & Family Services, and Social Finance.
On April 21, the United Nations projected that because of Covid-19, the number of people facing severe food insecurity worldwide could double to 265 million (csis.org). It’s hard to comprehend the lived experiences of the millions of people behind this statistic. How are people really going to combat food insecurity world-wide, nationally, and locally? Here in Ventura County, Interface’s 211 Informational Services provides a link to weekly schedules of pop-up pantries with the times, locations, and addresses provided. However, our services are more than providing basic needs. We are here to listen to concerns and check up on those in need. If you are someone you know is struggling with food insecurity, please visit 211ventura.org for more information on county-wide services and resources
On April 21, the United Nations projected that because of Covid-19, the number of people facing severe food insecurity worldwide could double to 265 million (csis.org). It’s hard to comprehend the lived experiences of the millions of people behind this statistic. How are people really going to combat food insecurity world-wide, nationally, and locally? Here in Ventura County, Interface’s 211 Informational Services provides a link to weekly schedules of pop-up pantries with the times, locations, and addresses provided. However, our services are more than providing basic needs. We are here to listen to concerns and check up on those in need. If you are someone you know is struggling with food insecurity, please visit 211ventura.org for more information on county-wide services and resources
Interface has helped families get connected to local food pantry services and other basic resources, helping them to stay at home and minimizing their risk of COVID 19 exposure
Interface has helped families get connected to local food pantry services and other basic resources, helping them to stay at home and minimizing their risk of COVID 19 exposure
This is the first time in my time practicing that I can recall a client, no less, a young adult, calling me at 8:30am to setup therapy, only one day after he was referred by his Case Manager. No time wasted. A testament of his willpower and priorities. In my opinion, saying ‘yes’ and beginning therapy during COVID-19, is a huge sign of courage because most of us, naturally, are clinging to what is familiar while this young man is stepping into the unknown, and our service may bring him closer to who he longs to be.
This is the first time in my time practicing that I can recall a client, no less, a young adult, calling me at 8:30am to setup therapy, only one day after he was referred by his Case Manager. No time wasted. A testament of his willpower and priorities. In my opinion, saying ‘yes’ and beginning therapy during COVID-19, is a huge sign of courage because most of us, naturally, are clinging to what is familiar while this young man is stepping into the unknown, and our service may bring him closer to who he longs to be.
When I reach out, parents have expressed how grateful they are feeling during this time - for their family, for the time they are able to spend with them, and the support of First Five Neighborhoods for Learning teachers and staff. I have gotten a few pictures of children from our class doing activities or on our FB live and Zoom classes at home, and they tell me that they really miss being in the classroom and can’t wait to be back. I keep reminding them that I miss being in the classroom with them and am here for anything they may need, even if it is to talk about a challenging situation they are experiencing.
When I reach out, parents have expressed how grateful they are feeling during this time - for their family, for the time they are able to spend with them, and the support of First Five Neighborhoods for Learning teachers and staff. I have gotten a few pictures of children from our class doing activities or on our FB live and Zoom classes at home, and they tell me that they really miss being in the classroom and can’t wait to be back. I keep reminding them that I miss being in the classroom with them and am here for anything they may need, even if it is to talk about a challenging situation they are experiencing.
It’s hard to be in this place… not knowing if I will be able to provide for my sibling and myself. I’ve had my hours reduced at both of my jobs which is making it hard to cover expenses. I don’t know what I’m going to do now to take care of us, but I know I have to figure it out. I don’t have another option.
It’s hard to be in this place… not knowing if I will be able to provide for my sibling and myself. I’ve had my hours reduced at both of my jobs which is making it hard to cover expenses. I don’t know what I’m going to do now to take care of us, but I know I have to figure it out. I don’t have another option.
As a therapist, I am witnessing people begin to acknowledge the anger that they have right now. In some cases, I see people even learning how to express that anger in healthy ways. So many people are looking at the ways they care for themselves and are realizing that what they are doing is not enough to cope with the reality of COVID-19. For many, people counseling sessions through video chat is helping them to acknowledge feelings of anger, sadness, and anxiety. For others, mindfulness techniques are being used. Yet so many people are still having a hard time. Even so, everyday folks wake up and face this new reality. The reality of COVID 19. So many people trying to deal with uncomfortable feelings and thoughts, emotions felt in the mind and felt in the body.
As a therapist, I am witnessing people begin to acknowledge the anger that they have right now. In some cases, I see people even learning how to express that anger in healthy ways. So many people are looking at the ways they care for themselves and are realizing that what they are doing is not enough to cope with the reality of COVID-19. For many, people counseling sessions through video chat is helping them to acknowledge feelings of anger, sadness, and anxiety. For others, mindfulness techniques are being used. Yet so many people are still having a hard time. Even so, everyday folks wake up and face this new reality. The reality of COVID 19. So many people trying to deal with uncomfortable feelings and thoughts, emotions felt in the mind and felt in the body.
In time of need, know that you have help just a phone call away. Call 211 if you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, or for any other essential services. You can also text the keyword COVID19 to 211211 for local information and updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.
In time of need, know that you have help just a phone call away. Call 211 if you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, or for any other essential services. You can also text the keyword COVID19 to 211211 for local information and updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.
I was able to secure full-time employment, become self-sufficient and was in a better place mentally. I felt like I was on steady ground for the first time in a long time. In the wake of COVID-19, my hours have been cut and I may lose my job. The stability I’ve worked so hard for is now in jeopardy. I am struggling with the basics and am now facing homelessness. I’ve applied for assistance, but the future looks very uncertain right now.
I was able to secure full-time employment, become self-sufficient and was in a better place mentally. I felt like I was on steady ground for the first time in a long time. In the wake of COVID-19, my hours have been cut and I may lose my job. The stability I’ve worked so hard for is now in jeopardy. I am struggling with the basics and am now facing homelessness. I’ve applied for assistance, but the future looks very uncertain right now.
My life has always been filled with challenges, but I see times are hard now for everyone, not just me. I’ve realized that I am not alone though, the people at Interface are here to support me. Despite not having access to in-person AA/NA meetings due to COVID-19, I’ve decided to stay on track and use this time to work on me. I’m celebrating one month of sobriety and working to fix relationships with my family.
My life has always been filled with challenges, but I see times are hard now for everyone, not just me. I’ve realized that I am not alone though, the people at Interface are here to support me. Despite not having access to in-person AA/NA meetings due to COVID-19, I’ve decided to stay on track and use this time to work on me. I’m celebrating one month of sobriety and working to fix relationships with my family.

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