On Spring, Renewal, and Social Distancing

Monarch House dining room and community connections corner

Well, Spring seems to be officially here, and with the limitations in place due to COVID-19, the team at Monarch House is taking this time to deep clean the respite and replace the things that need replacing. Since we’ve had to temporarily stop welcoming guests, we’ve also wanted to make sure that we’re still providing support to those that need it. It can be difficult to self-isolate when the weather is turning warmer. Kids are begging to go to the park, or for playdates. Many of us, even those of us who don’t crave a lot of human interaction, are looking forward to spending time with friends and family. Our concerns about what’s happening and what’s going to happen, especially as we read the paper or watch the news, start to take center stage in our lives and stress continues to build up. Many people in our community struggle with issues related to mental health, substance use, housing insecurity, food insecurity, or job insecurity (especially now), and social distancing can exacerbate these feelings and experiences.

On Monday, March 30th, Monarch House will begin offering virtual peer support from 12-5 p.m. every day as an additional resource to our 24-hour warmline. If anyone would care to join, either by phone, computer, or mobile, we’d love to use this opportunity as a way to connect and grow together. Keep an eye on our website or our Facebook page for the links to virtual peer support, and we can’t wait to see you there!


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