Resource Roundup

Resources for Foster/Adopt Families During the Coronavirus Crisis

The Coalition will continue to support our families and the St. Louis community by providing resources during this difficult time with COVID-19.

These resources are available thanks to a combination of local and state government programs, non-profit agencies, service providers, and more. We will work to continually update the information as more opportunities come on line or additional needs arise.

Please know, the supports are not comprehensive but designed to quickly connect our St. Louis Metro and Metro East community with tools for addressing immediate needs. As neighbors, family members, residents, and friends, we must all do our part – as one city – to support one another during this difficult time.

Financial Resources

We understand you are facing more than health concerns as a result of the spread of COVID-19. As things continue to close, many workers are being laid off until further notice. Those who can work are faced with the difficult choice of showing up with the possibility of getting sick or losing income. This is the stress we wish none had to bare.

Many companies and local organizations have stepped up to provide relief for this. Please visit our resource roundup for a list of St. Louis and Metro East financial support resources. As we learn of more resources we will continue to update.

  • Apply for unemployment in Illinois
    • Avoid peak hours and file before 10am and after 3pm
    • Use a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer
    • Do not use a smartphone
    • Have your personal information ready, available, and accurate
    • Help free up the call center queues and avoid calling about the status of your claim
  • Apply for unemployment in Missouri
  • GrandFamilies 
    • Please see and share this tip sheet from Generations United for grandfamilies amid COVID- 19. We welcome feedback and are happy to make updates or changes we receive additional ideas and feedback.
  • Homelessness and Housing
  • Salvation Army 314-531-5621
    • Salvation Army: St. Louis Euclid 314-531-5621
  • St. Louis Community Foundation Assistance
  • Student Loan Services
  • Low Interest Disaster Relief Loans
  • Square
    • Brittany Pohrer – “I work for Square here in St. Louis and we have been helping tons of local businesses and restaurants get their online ordering up and running due to recent changes. Please let me know if you or any businesses you know need help with online ordering, electronic gift cards, contactless chip readers, etc. and I can get you in the right hands of our team who can help ❤️”Facebook – Brittany Pohrer Contact
  • Business Resources
  • RFT Support Local Restaurants and Bartenders
  • Fundraiser for service industry
  • Banks offering Relief
  • Stl Blues Employee Assistance Donations
  • St. Louis Art and Music Fund:
  • Support Your Local Artists
  • Good For the Grove
    • Buying in bulk from a foodservice distributor, Good for The Grove partners with nearby kitchens that remain open for carryout to cook and distribute daily meals, as well as support with other basic needs for displaced workers who cannot afford groceries. Service workers of The Grove Community Improvement District (CID) only are eligible and must be qualified by their employer. For business owners of The Grove who want to provide Good for The Grove relief for furloughed employees, contact Matt Leach at matt@takashimarecords.com for more information and further instructions.
  • Utilities

Mental Health Resources

Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause both children and adults to experience emotions we haven’t had to work through before. Now more than ever, it is important to take care of yourself and family. Small adjustments can help. Some things you can try are:

  • Opening the lines of communication for you, your partner, or children to talk about COVID-19.
  • Encouraging communication of emotions.
  • Unplugging from media for 30 minutes a day.
  • Reaching out to friends and family via Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts or FaceTime to still get group interaction.

Remember to have a little more patience and a little more compassion during this time with those you interact with. Please remember you can call your insurance company to find out what virtual or telehealth services you may be covered for.

Here are some tips suggested by the CDC. Please visit our Resource Round Up for access to mental health resources.

Things you can do to support yourself

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

CDC Website on Stress

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Mental Health Resource Links

  • Online AA Meetings
    • List of online options for AA meetings
  • Taking Care of Mental Health During the Covid-19 Crisis
  • Counseling – Marsha Bradford
    • marsha@diversifiedhwc.com,
    • Hello everyone! I own a Health and Wellness Center in Kirkwood. We are offering free telehealth counseling sessions to anyone that is struggling through this hard time. Anxiety, OCD, depression and more are hard enough to deal with, you shouldn’t feel trapped in your own homes with no one to talk to as well.
  • Telehealth Counseling
    • 314-207-4028 Melissa Douglas, Goal Driven Counseling, LLC- Florissant, Missouri 63033
    • (314) 207-4028 (accepts Medicaid)
  • Alzheimer’s Association
    • Call the Alzheimer’s Association’s toll-free 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or go to
  • SSM Mom’s Virtual Support Group
    • 314-768-MOMS (6667)
  • C.A.S.E On-Demand Webinars
    • From March 18 – April 30, 2020, C.A.S.E. is offering all 13 of our In-Demand webinars for FREE using coupon code HOME at checkout! Choose from a wide variety of adoption-related topics from emotional regulation, to supporting children with FASD to dealing with loss and grief.
  • SLPS Emotional Support Hotline

Education Resources

Most of us aren’t teachers, but during this time we still want our kids to have a valuable education. Schools are doing a great job of creating virtual learning so our kids don’t fall behind, but caregivers can always help support a great learning experience for kids.

As we all try to navigate this new way of learning, here are helpful K-9 links that will keep your children’s minds growing.

Internet Resources

  • Charter Communications
    • Charter Spectrum is offering 60 days of free internet service to families who currently have no internet and no current products from Charter
  • AT&T
    • AT&T will not terminate service because inability to pay, they will waive late fees due to hardship, and will keep public wi-fi open.
  • T-Mobile
    • All current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have plans with data will have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days. Providing T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers
    • an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot / tethering service for the next 60 days.
  • Sprint
    • Not terminating service if they are unable to pay their Sprint bill because of the coronavirus, Waiving late fees incurred because of economic circumstances related to the pandemic, Customers with metered data plans will receive unlimited data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost, Providing customers with an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost, Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets who don’t have mobile hotspot today will now get 20GB as well per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost
  • Verizon Wireless
    • The company will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus

Food Resources

The scale of economic insecurity often goes unnoticed until times of crisis. We understand the fears that many are going through during this time of food insecurity. Please utilize this resource to make sure you and your families have your basic needs met.

  • Easiest way to find a food pantry near you
    • Through Operation Food Search:
      • Text your zip code to (785)503-3310
      • You’ll receive a text back with food pantries closest to you that are still operating in your area. This information is updated daily.
      • Before you go, CALL the pantry directly to confirm they are open and learn what you need to bring with you.
  • Easiest way to find free lunch and tomorrow’s breakfast for your kids:
    • For St. Louis City:
    • For anywhere else in the St. Louis area:
      • From a Computer
      • From an Android
        • Click on https://sites.google.com/rsdmo.org/allourkids/regional-food-sites
        • On the webpage, click on the 3 dots at the top right
        • Scroll down and click on “find in page”
        • Type the name of your city or school district
        • You will be taken right to the city/school district you typed in
      • From an iPhone
        • Click on https://sites.google.com/rsdmo.org/allourkids/regional-food-sites
        • On the webpage, click on the Share button
        • Scroll down and click on “find on page”
        • Type the name of your city or school district
        • You will be taken right to the city/school district you typed in
  • KSDK News
    • Places where children can access food St. Louis & Metro East
  • Crazy Bowls and Wraps
    • The restaurant is offering free meals for kids between 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM Monday through Friday.
  • Hunger Hotline
    • Please call 314-726-5355, ext. 1
  • St. Louis Area Foodbank
    • Mary Cooper at 314-292-6262 or mcooper@stlfoodbank.org.
  • United Way 2-1-1
    • Call 211
  • Hazelwood
    • Resource for Hazelwood students to continually receive meals during the Covid-19 situation.
  • District 189 student meals on wheels
  • Food Distribution Sites
    • Great Resource shows locations all over STL
  • Operation Food Search
    • Call our Hunger Hotline at 314-726-5355 to find food near you.

Keeping Kids Busy

You’re working from home, being a teacher, lunch person, and so much more! How can we keep the kids on a schedule so you can work and they can have an enriching at home experience? Please check out our template of a daily schedule and links to entertain your children while social distancing.

Self Care

With more and more people “socially distancing” themselves from others, we’re talking about one important aspect of being quarantined: self-care.

A minor thought right now, but as the days continue where we are being encouraged to stay in our homes, self-care will be more vital than ever before. Be kind to yourself, we are all experiencing these new feelings and learning to balance the new norm.

Things you can do

  • Unplug, take a chance to step away from the media and news for a moment.
  • Take a walk and get fresh air.
  • Listen to music
  • Yoga and guided meditation
  • Start a new book
  • Virtually connect with friends and family

Coalition Suggested Reads

  • Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
  • Debbie Macomber Series
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Life Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Mindfulness & Meditation

Gyms Streaming Live

Free movies, shows and audiobooks to stream while you’re self-quarantining

Parenting & Relaxation

We know parents are doing the best they can to balance work, school, caring for their children, and their own emotions. We want you to know you don’t have to do this alone. With emotional response behaviors rising, we want to make sure you have the tools to deescalate and bring everyone to a healthier mental state.

How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior

https://childmind.org/article/how-anxiety-leads-to-disruptive-behavior/

Anxiety and Coping With the Coronavirus

https://childmind.org/article/anxiety-and-coping-with-coronavirus/

How Mindfulness Can Help During COVID-19

https://childmind.org/article/how-mindfulness-can-help-during-covid-19/

Supporting Kids During the COVID-19 Crisis

https://childmind.org/article/supporting-kids-during-the-covid-19-crisis/

Ways to support self-care and relaxation:

Please remember as we adjust to these times, we are realistic, schedules don’t always pan out, meltdowns cannot be foreseen. Deep breath, we are all in this together and doing the best we can to adjust, be kind to yourself.

  1. Start a morning routine: Before the kids get up and moving wake up an extra five mins early and do calming breath exercise example:
    1. Breathing Intervals
    2. INHALE 4 SECONDS
    3. HOLD: 7 SECONDS
    4. EXHALE: 8 SECONDS
    5. REPEAT 7 TIMES.

You can also add morning stretches to this routine to warm up your body for the day but all bring you center before the day gets started.  This is also a good exercise before bedtime to calm your body after a busy day.

  1. Take a moment away from the news headlines. Stories coming in every five seconds can become overwhelming and create anxiety and fear. Take moments throughout the day to unplug and do something you enjoy with your loved ones.
  2. Watch your favorite movie or show that always keeps you laughing. Play upbeat and positive music.
  3. Learn something new! Have your kids teach you something new.
  4. Get Moving: Your body can get restless throughout the day. Log onto YouTube and find free zumba and dance classes to make a fun workout and get the blood flowing.

Virtual Weekend Fun

Although we can’t hop on a plane or go on our normal weekend adventures, you can create a staycation right on your couch. Take an adventure to the tops of the Peruvian Andes mountains where Machu Picchu, an ancient citadel built in the 15th century sits. You and the family can roam through the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, home to 125 million artifacts, which is one of the most-visited natural history institutions on the planet.

Trying to limit your screen time? Visit these local places to burn off some energy and get fresh air. Working out contributes to good health, energy and mood boost. Please remember, if these areas look overcrowded or have a lot of traffic it’s best to try another time and continue social distancing.

Get Outside

Virtual Staycations:

Resources by Age Group

As a parent you may think what should I be doing, and how can I do more to support my kids? We have seen many resources for youth ages 10 and below, but not many for teenagers. We have compiled a teen-specific Resource Round Up to meet those needs.

Education Resources for Teens

 

Self-Care for Teens

Teen Activities

Teen & Parent Reads

Being a family with a little one right now can be stressful, ensuring you have everything to support your family is a priority. With diapers, wipes and other essential items going quickly we know the anxiety and stress can take a toll on caregivers. These resources have been identified in the St. Louis area to support babies and newborns during this unprecedented time.

  • Project Downtown Community EMERGENCY Diaper Closet
    • 314-381-5730
    • You can find our Diaper Closet in the New Northside Conference Center just off Goodfellow Blvd. We provide a ONE-TIME service of 50 FREE diapers per child with help getting connected to longer-term suppliers of Diapers like Parents as Teachers: 314-381-5730
  • Affinia Health Care Emergency Diapers
    • Available 314-814-8695 to make an appointment
  • Helping Hand Me Downs
    • 314-514-5987
    • Call to see availability and meeting specific needs during this time
  • Jefferson County Community Partners
    • 636-465-0983
    • Diapers, 50 Free per month. Must enroll in the program
  • Childcare Options
    • Those willing to contribute to child care
  • St. Louis County Library
    • 314-994-3300
    • St. Louis County Library: Call(314) 994-3300;
    • St. Louis Area Diaper Bank will provide a one-time emergency supply of 50 diapers to families in need at two SLCL branches
  • St. Louis Crisis Nursery
    • 314-763-3201
    • 24-Hour Helpline
  • SSM Mom’s Virtual Support Group
    • 314-768-MOMS(6667)
  • Mercy
    • Best resource list for anything you may need. They update it regularly. From food, housing etc.. visit this website. When people are struggling to make ends meet, they may have one overwhelming need. But most often, they need multiple types of assistance at once. Mercy Neighborhood Ministry provides the resources below to help agency workers when referring clients to seek additional help.