When Shelter in Place began in March of 2020 due to the coronavirus, we began to anticipate the need to encourage the R.E.D.S. girls to remain true to our slogan: A Sharp Mind, Strong Body, and a Peaceful Soul.
Additionally, we needed to provide support to staff and volunteers. “We have so many girls, families, and staff members who rely on us that my immediate concern was with them and how we were going to be able to serve their needs during this time,” said Program Director; Jacqueline Hunt-Willis; “In the face of such uncertainty, we must remain vigilant for our incredibly talented team and for the sake of this community”.
Over several days, the Jion Board of Directors quickly moved to support a revamped vision of R.E.D.S. involving a creative approach to education. We began to pivot our program to meet the additional needs and concerns of the girls.
Our online curriculum was developed with the best interests of the girls in mind. During this Pandemic, we have initiated a first-class, first-rate online curriculum. Our classes include but are not limited to: Civic Engagement, Self-Esteem, Creative Writing, Graphic Art, and wellness and fitness.
We remain committed to provided resources to those most in need, and we actively urge and support appropriate action from health care experts. We are relying on and following expert advice on the local, state, and national level. Practicing social distancing and abiding by the C.D.C. and state mandates is the smartest thing for everyone concerned.
We always have our eyes looking forward and focusing on the future of our girls. We anticipate there will be a rush for our services as families return to work, and we are well-positioned to continue our program. We have used and are using creative outlets to continue to stay connected with the girls, families, donors, and community partners. We remain optimistic about our future – for our organization, the girls we serve, and the communities that we represent.
With Warm Regards,
Spergon W. Hunt