- This year finding affordable housing for our transitional residents proved to be a bit more difficult due to the COVID outbreak/shutdown. In addition the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which funds rental payments for AJW’s permanent housing program, reduced the amount for what is considered fair market rents, thus decreasing what can be paid to landlords for rental units.
- For all the donations of resident’s supplies, food stuffs and personnel protective equipment that has been donated, we want to send out a huge “Thank You!” to the members of the Church of the Resurrection, Saint Stephen’s Anglican Church, Bethany United Methodist Church, Baltimore Parish Works, St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, St. Philip’s Evangelical Lutheran Church as well as others. Without the support offered by your members, AJW would have been hard pressed to continue providing for all of our residents during these trying times.
- AJW was also able purchase the building directly adjacent to our offices at 325 E. 25th St for use in the permanent housing program. The building will be rehabilitated to contain three one bed room units and the lower level will be expanded into our office for use as resident community space. The carriage-house in the rear of the property will be used for resident common space.
- We would like to thank the members of the Youth Ministry at the Church of the Resurrection in the Lutherville-Timonium Community for offering to help do some much needed spring cleaning and garden plantings in AJW’s residents’ outside common areas.
Corona Virus Update
At Jacob’s Well as an essential service provider has remained opened during this time to ensure that our residents have access to food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, hand sanitizer, gloves and masks (when we can get them) and the peace of mind to know that they are not alone. We as a society often forget that forced isolation can be just as unhealthy as a physical illness. Our staff members reach out daily to all of our residents to ensure that they are safe, well and stable.
Of course we have taken steps to try (as best anyone can) to prevent the spread of the virus while at the same time providing for the residents. Only one resident is allowed to use the laundry room at a time, all who enter the office must use the hand sanitizer at the door and we are constantly disinfecting all surfaces several times a day. Another change has been to our monthly dinners. They have continued but as take-out meals. We give special thanks to our volunteers who provide, prepare and help to serve at our monthly dinners. It means a great deal to or residents to know that they are not forgotten but are loved and cared for during these times.