2020 Safe Harbor Holiday Letter to Help the Homeless

Dear Friends of Safe Harbor,

Can you imagine being homeless today, right now? For most of us, it is unimaginable, and yet, there are more and more people living on the streets of Chester County who were recently thinking the same as you, “Me become homeless? I can’t imagine that ever happening to me!” The struggles in 2020 have turned this unimaginable thought into reality for many of your neighbors. They had a job, a home, and food in the pantry. Then, because of COVID-19, they were laid-off, unemployment is running out and rent is overdue. Before they could believe it, they are facing homelessness. The COVID-19 virus is terrible, and our hearts go out to those sickened by this disease, but this pandemic isn’t just affecting life…it’s affecting livelihood and unfortunately it is getting worse.

Over 25% of your Chester County neighbors are behind on their rent.

During this continued crisis, we are currently experiencing, be certain that Safe Harbor of Chester County, is doing everything we can to help ensure the safety of our residents, staff, and community. To that end, we have temporarily altered the way we provide our life-sustaining services while remaining committed to our mission of providing housing, food, and support to both the homeless men and women in Chester County and our surrounding community.

Even during this COVID-19 pandemic, you can count on Safe Harbor to continue offering shelter to homeless men and women along with providing meals, laundry access, showers, and support services. We also provide a Community Lunch and pop-up food pantry six days a week for the food insecure of Chester County. Right now, along with the health crisis, our community is suffering a crippling economic downturn. During such times, the most vulnerable among us are more susceptible to disease and suffering and are hit the hardest the fastest. Safe Harbor will continue to be the lighthouse in the pandemic storm for these individuals. Please consider making a much-needed contribution to Safe Harbor to help your neighbors in distress. We can’t do it without you.  

Our thoughts are with the people suffering from COVID-19, along with all who have been impacted. I want to thank my dedicated staff and all the others providing essential and lifesaving services that put themselves on the front lines every day to serve our community. This holiday season let us all take care of ourselves, our families, and stay healthy in the days ahead. We are certainly stronger when we support each other.