Greetings friends, clients, partners and community members –
Our team has been doing their very best to remain available to those who have been impacted by sexual violence and who have faced greater risk and struggle since the onset of COVID-19. We hope our efforts to continue services remotely have been as effective as possible.
Our advocates, case managers, therapists and support staff have been eager to return to the office and greater community to begin responding and providing support and services in person again. We wanted to share with you now what that “reopening” process looks like for us at this time.
As we all know, Pierce County and many other communities across the state are experiencing increases in positive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 and we will remain diligent in adhering to the recommendations of our public health and elected officials for your safety and for ours.
Our staff began returning to their offices with modified practices beginning Monday, July 6 so that advocates, case managers and therapists could access more resources to effectively serve you and our County. Let’s face it, this is a time of adjustment for everyone and our team is committed to being as prepared as possible to meet with you safely and compassionately. Once we believe we can offer a sustainable plan to reopen our office for guests and clients to come on site, we will. We want to see you – to work with you directly. We also need to do our part to slow the spread of this virus.
As we are able to plan those office reopening options for visitor access, we will update you here, on social media and via staff who you communicate with. We will still offer remote and in-person methods of responding out in our community whenever it is most appropriate and feasible and/or if a client ever communicates that preference to us so we can explore viable options with those individuals. Together, we’ll find solutions to serve survivors and the community through advocacy, case management, therapy and education.
Accessing our staff and services for support remain the same. We still offer a 24/7 crisis, information and referral hotline (253-474-7273) that you can reach out to anonymously for confidential support as well as the option to confidentially email an advocate (Advocacy@hopesacpc.org). Our Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Program (STEP) can continue to receive hotline calls at 253-444-5351 and emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff emails and extensions are available on our website and our team is doing their very best to respond to calls and emails in a timely manner.
Please check our website for updates and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for that information or contact us directly to learn more. We are here to serve you and we are committed to getting you the support you need during these times of transition. Together, we will learn how to do that as safely and effectively as possible.
Please continue to take care and reach out for support when you need it. We are here for you.