As nonprofit professionals we strive to listen to the needs of the community and do our best to address them, that is how we stay relevant. Our Program Director, Natisha Knight, led our first online session earlier this week and reported back:
“I just completed our first official online meeting (I held two last week just to make sure everyone knew how to use Zoom). Only two out of the 6 parents who are already set up were able to join today. I was prepared with an agenda of topics but it was obvious from the start of the conversation that the parents needed to discuss their ongoing concerns. One parent talked about her 5-year-old is fully aware of what is happening and is afraid of the virus and will not go near other people on the rare occasion the family leaves the house. This same parent also talked about coronavirus related nightmares she has been having recently which can be attributed to her nearly constant consumption of news on TV and on the internet. The other parent, who is a great-grandparent to the children for our program purposes, compared this situation to the Civil Rights Movement and the restrictions that were in place at that time because it was not safe to leave the house. Both parents talked about their over consumption of food.
We were able to end on a positive note and they each expressed their appreciation for PFF and having the opportunity to still connect and not feel like the only adult in the house. They were given an assignment to increase their physical activity, decrease their food and news consumption and allow themselves some grace during this time. On Thursday we will check back in to see what progress was made.”