Adapting supports: a peek inside our Woodstock programs

The varying stages of lockdown and restrictions due to COVID-19 impacted tenants’ mental health and, for some, struggles with substance use. Like all Indwell programs, Woodstock’s Blossom Park and Harvey Woods Lofts communities implemented changes to ensure tenant and staff safety while still encouraging connection.

Tenants work with staff Lorna Murray at a counter in Blossom Park kitchen - creating preserves for a social enterprise, Gather - 2020
Tenants working with Lorna Murray, Household Administrator (right), learning to preserve produce at Woodstock’s Blossom Park apartments. Project made possible through Community Futures Oxford Grant.

These changes, some of which were temporary based on current restrictions, included:

  • Moving from communal dinners to daily meal delivery

  • Educating on COVID-19 through one-on-one conversations and improved signage

  • Launching a tenant Facebook group to encourage digital connection

  • Providing cell phones and phone cards to tenants where needed, thanks to a grant from Oxford Community Foundation

  • Updating technology to ensure good options for connecting with supports

  • Offering grocery delivery

  • Restarting some group mental health activities with screening, physical distancing, etc.

  • Offering weekly “drive through” coffee time for tenants to connect with staff

What you can do right now

During this crisis, Indwell is providing additional supports for tenants. We need your gifts now—even more than before—as we navigate through these challenges, and as we continue to provide communities of hope.

Now, more than ever, it is important that our tenants feel connected with others, even if they cannot be physically connected. Mail a card or note of encouragement to be shared with our tenants who may be feeling isolated at this time.

Indwell has established a special fund to address food security and increase wellness programs for tenants. It is important that they maintain their physical and mental health during this unsettling time of social distancing and self-isolation.

Pray

Please pray for Indwell’s tenants, especially those who struggle with isolation and loneliness during this time. Please remember our staff who provide direct support to our tenants.

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