New Releases: COVID-19 Community Conversations Round 4

Posted May 2, 2020 at 5:59 am by

The “COVID-19 Com­mu­ni­ty Con­ver­sa­tions” series con­tin­ues this week with three short videos that high­light efforts from orga­ni­za­tions and peo­ple pro­vid­ing key ser­vices and cru­cial lead­er­ship in our community.

You can find these videos on our YouTube chan­nel “San Juan Coun­ty COVID-19 Response” at

Jen­nifer Arm­strong: Arm­strong is the Direc­tor of the Joyce L. Sobel Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ter on San Juan Island. “We have a great deliv­ery ser­vice, from pre­scrip­tions to food… if it’s real­ly impor­tant for you to stay home right now and you don’t have friends or fam­i­ly near­by who can help, we real­ly encour­age you to call our cen­ters.” She also dis­cussed finan­cial assis­tance, men­tal health ser­vices, help access­ing oth­er aid, and more. “We’re hap­py to hear from anybody.”

Yubi Shollmey­er: Yubi Schollmey­er tam­bi­en tra­ba­ja en el Joyce L. Sobel Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ter en San Juan Island. En este video, Yubi expli­ca como los cen­tros de recur­sos en cada una de las grandes Islas pueden ayu­dar a las famil­ias o indi­vid­ual, con muchos recur­sos difer­entes. Den­tro de esta pan­demia, muchas famil­ias están exper­i­men­tan­do un cam­bio en su econo­mia. Gra­cias al Con­da­do, Fun­da­ciones de Comu­nidad y Dona­ciones Inde­pen­di­entes hay sufi­ciente ayu­da disponible. Todos los ser­vi­cios se brin­dan de man­era confidencial.

Yubi Schollmey­er also works at the Joyce L. Sobel Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ter. In this Span­ish lan­guage video, Yubi explains how the resource cen­ters on each of the big islands can help con­nect fam­i­lies or indi­vid­u­als to many dif­fer­ent resources. With­in this pan­dem­ic many fam­i­lies are expe­ri­enc­ing a change in their finan­cial sit­u­a­tion. Thanks to the Coun­ty, Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tions and oth­er inde­pen­dent dona­tions there is ade­quate assis­tance avail­able. All of the ser­vices are pro­vid­ed confidentially.

Tril­li­um Swan­son: Swan­son is the project man­ag­er for the Coali­tion for Orcas Youth, which works on men­tal health and drug abuse issues, and a men­tal health coun­selor on Orcas Island. One of the most chal­leng­ing issues she faces is reach­ing peo­ple who need help. She is cur­rent­ly doing coun­sel­ing via Zoom. She adds, “Access to men­tal health care is real­ly impor­tant, but even more impor­tant, is that peo­ple in their neigh­bor­hoods feel con­nect­ed to oth­ers, whether a neigh­bor or fam­i­ly mem­ber, or whomever!”

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