We are living in unprecedented times. Non-essential businesses have closed, people have lost jobs, the schools are closed and children are learning from home, our healthcare system is overwhelmed, and our healthcare workers are stressed with bearing the weight of caring for our loved ones while risking their own health. This is a difficult time for everyone. 


There are a lot of things to be worried about, including getting the finances to cover our bills and provide the basic necessities for our families. And I know after this pandemic subsides, we have a long road to recovery before we get back to "normal." But I would like to encourage everyone to be patient and not to panic.


Our communities are working to provide resources and assistance for all of those in need. Various organizations have setup multiple locations for families to pickup food. Local government and community resources have information regarding financial assistance for businesses and the self-employed to maintain their livelihood for themselves and employees. Businesses that are still open have altered their operating procedures to follow the current Shelter in Place Order. But no one has ever dealt with a situation like this to this magnitude, so the processes are not perfect. Patience is key as we navigate these uncharted times. But if we all work together, we WILL get through this.


Remember, only go out if it is necessary. If you don't have to be out, stay home. If you or someone in your household is feeling sick, stay home. If you have symptoms of the novel virus, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Everyone plays an important part of slowly the spread of the virus and flattening the curve. Be blessed and be safe.


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