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Dear Foundation Friends,
We have a moose that has been making itself at home in our yard. Just this week, he was scrubbing his long face against the aspen trees. This is daily life for us, but not for my sister who was entranced at the sight over a video call. I was delighted with her response.
Seeing the world from someone else’s perspective can refresh our own views. There are small scenes happening across our valley every minute. We can choose to interpret what is going on with our own filters in place, or we can open our minds to all of the stories that are possible within these scenes.
I’d like to share some stories from this week that are deep and meaningful. These organizations have been funded by the Community Emergency Response Fund this week.
  • Community Safety Network is expecting a rise in clients seeking safe housing after the current restrictions are lifted. They receive part of their support from the federal government and must accept clients, even if a client is ill. This means that they need safe quarantine space for clients, as well as consistent, upgraded cleaning and disinfecting across their campus. The grant will fund several hotel rooms for clients that need to be isolated for health reasons and will also cover cleaning and disinfecting of their facility.
  • Mental health challenges are becoming more pressing during the pandemic Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center requested funding for myStrength, a mobile-friendly, self-help behavioral program that can guide individuals experiencing mental wellness issues to resources, practices, and educational materials. People can access topics across a wide spectrum, from anxiety to substance abuse, on their own schedules. This program does not replace consults but is a great supplement. In one week, 100 people signed up, and JHCCC anticipates tripling that number within a month. We funded this request in full.  
We also heard from several organizations about grants they received from the Response Fund. 
  • “Local response has shown that we can provide that safety net that people need.” Emily Cohen at KHOL  89.1 Jackson Hole Community Radio talked about their excitement for Spanish-speaking programming to keep our whole community informed.
  • “The community at-large will be stronger coming out of this than we’ve ever been.” Ali Milburn of Hole Food Rescue expressed her gratitude for the grant that helped them prepare and distribute 200 meals per day to Teton County students during spring break.
I am grateful for your interest and support. I hope you have time to enjoy the spring greenery and wildlife that surrounds you. I’ll be at my house convincing that moose to stay out of my newly planted pansies. 
Warm regards,

Laurie Andrews
President, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole
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