As you know, the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry’s priority is the community that we serve.
Currently there is a lot of misinformation and fear in the community about COVID-19 (coronavirus), adding to the already long list of issues that our community is facing: sub-poverty wages, substandard housing, the separation of families, the slow recovery from the 2018 hurricanes, etc.
We are taking action to disseminate reliable information that will hopefully decrease the possibility of the virus’ propagation (visit our resources page in Spanish), but we are also aware that we work with a population that is vastly under insured and who will face a hard-economic hit from the pandemic.
Today, we ask you for your help and solidarity. EFWM has made the hard decision to close its doors from Monday, March 16 until further notice. Our staff is discussing creative ways to continue our essential services (such as food distribution and mental health services), but we know that many of our programs will have to be discontinued temporarily. This pains our hearts, but we know that it is the right thing to do in order to protect the health of the community and of our staff.
EFWM staff will continue to work remotely, and we are taking turns working at the office in order to follow expert’s advice on social distancing. We are working to anticipate the community’s burgeoning needs and planning quick and effective responses.
With the uncertainty created by this pandemic, we are hoping that you will continue to support our work. The farmworkers and immigrant families in our area know that they are not alone, and we owe that to you. If you have any questions about our programs, services, or ways in which you can support our work, please contact our Executive Director, Lariza Garzón, at at firstname.lastname@example.org.