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May 2020

In This Together
I hope you are safe and doing well.
In these challenging times, sometimes we feel apart, but we are not alone. In many ways, we remain connected.  And it is that community connection that is helping so many families we serve make it during these challenges.
Our educators are staying connected with their young students, as we make plans to provide them with some version of a graduation celebration and develop innovative summer programming. We are collaborating with neighborhood partners to help small businesses weather the COVID financial storm, and are setting up partnerships to be sure that our residents are getting access to essentials, including food and protective masks.
While we may be apart, we still are here for each other. The good news stories in this enewsletter make that very clear.
You are a part of that good news. Thank you to all who have donated to support MHP's Resident Emergency Fund, including those who donated on Giving Tuesday Now, a special day of giving.
As always, we are touched by your support, which makes so many things possible no matter what the challenges are. Stay safe and healthy!
Robert A. Goldman
MHP President
Good News!
While there are many challenges during the COVID crisis, working together with community partners we are staying connected and providing help. Here are some examples:
  • The Share Literacy project donated 140 storybooks to help our students keep reading while they are learning at home. MHP's Ernst Aristor was there to receive this generous donation. The books went home to families in MHP's Wheaton residences, tucked inside bags of donated food.
  • Bags of food are donated regularly by a group of teachers at Arcola Elementary School, with help from friends and neighbors. This included a recent truck delivery of fresh produce to feed 200 families in Wheaton. In partnership with generous donors, we are sponsoring 10 Takoma Park families to give them access to fresh, locally grown produce throughout the summer months through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subsidy program offered by Licking Creek Bend Farm.
  • Our Neighborhoods Department is developing engaging ways to promote local restaurants in the Long Branch and Bonifant neighborhoods and encourage takeout purchases to help these businesses and their employees. The efforts include remote trivia competitions -- those purchasing carryout meals can join in the fun. The first of these events attracted more than 60 participants and more are planned. 
  • Our teaching staff continues to connect with students in various ways, even if classes cannot gather in person. These include Zoom sessions on line and offering parents the option to pick up activity packets to bring home, conforming to social distancing requirements.
To all of our partners and our dedicated staff, thank you! 

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