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May 04, 2020, Baldwin, Rhonda, LCSW
How Can You Help Patient Families Facing Hardship During COVID-19?
As social workers, we are trained to help guide families, emotionally and physically, through some of the darkest of times and help them find assistance when they are in need. At Phoenix Children’s, there is a broad variety of medical issues our patient families face, and we are committed to helping these families navigate through them one step at a time.
 
Since COVID-19 began, there are many families with sick children who are in greater financial need. This is increasingly apparent to our team of social workers every day this crisis continues. We see, firsthand, just how many families have been hit hard by job loss and are facing a significant hardship. Because of the growing need we have seen from families for basic needs, The Hardship Fund has been activated at Phoenix Children’s, and it can help families when it matters most.
 
The Hardship Fund is available to help families offset many of the costs that you may not typically think of as being related to a hospital stay. The fund can help with food, gas, lodging and transportation. Those incidental costs can really add up, particularly for people who have lost their jobs. For safety, only one family member can currently be at a child’s bedside, so the fund can help provide the other parent with a place to stay. Since many children are home from school, it places even greater stress on families who may need to manage their time between their children at home and their child who is ill in the hospital.
 
The Hardship Fund can help families pay for gas needed to travel back and forth for appointments or treatments. For families who do not have transportation, this fund can assist by providing cab rides. Some families are also facing food insecurity. The fund assists families by providing meals at bedside for the caregiver. For families concerned about paying their bills, this fund can help them receive the care they need for their child.
 
Today, many families are in need more than ever before. If you’re able to support families at Phoenix Children’s by donating to the Hardship Fund, I encourage you to do so on #GivingTuesdayNow on Tuesday, May 5th, 2020. #GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
 
Please consider a gift to Phoenix Children's for #GivingTuesdayNow to help families in need in our community. All donations received on May 5th will be designated to the Hardship Fund. We appreciate each gift, and every dollar matters.
 
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