A cohort of 26 Latina women participating in CLUES’ Adelante Mujeres (Women Forward) financial empowerment program joined with other CLUES program participants and staff to produce 2,000 masks to support local healthcare professionals. The group presented the masks to M Health Fairview Hospitals this Friday.
Zela Fabbri, CLUES Economic Empowerment Supervisor, proposed the idea to participants as they brainstormed ways to work together and contribute positively during this challenging time for our community. She purchased the materials and shipped them directly to the participants so they could work at home while their classes are unable to meet due to physical distancing mandates in place throughout the state.
“I am so moved by everyone’s dedication, passion and quick action to support others during this dire time. Participants are requesting more material to be able to create medical gowns and additional masks,” said Liliana Letran, Director of Economic Empowerment at CLUES. “It is endearing to have participants thank us for allowing them to contribute their labor of love to the larger community.”
“At a time when many Latino families have lost their jobs and income due to the COVID-19 crisis, this gesture of kindness is an inspiration to all of us. Many of our program participants are not eligible for any of the safety nets provided by government. Yet, these individuals are willing to give what they can for the greater good,” stated Ruby Lee, CLUES President and CEO.
“Thank you to CLUES’s program participants and staff for their generous gifts of time, sewing talent, and materials. We are grateful for their work to help protect our healthcare workers and or community during this critical time,” said Laura Reed, Chief Nursing Officer and COO, M Health Fairview Hospitals.
CLUES and M Health Fairview Hospitals have a long history of working together to support the health and well-being of Latinos and the broader community on the East Side of St. Paul. Most recently we’ve partnered with M Health Fairview Hospitals, and many other East Side serving organizations, under the East Side Health and Well-being Collaborative, to advance mental health and resilience and access to healthy food.
The Adelante Mujeres cohort is supported by the Women United Fund of the United Way. Sheri McGrath, a donor and member of Women United, was deeply moved by the cohort’s actions. “The resilience and agility of these women supporting a critical need in our community is truly heartwarming. These stories bring joy and keep us focused as we continue to honor our mission to support financial stability for women and early childhood education,” McGrath said.
During these challenging times of the COVID-19 crisis, CLUES is responding rapidly to address the emerging needs of Minnesota’s Latino community. While moving programs and services to online and telephone delivery, CLUES is quickly raising funds to provide emergency cash assistance and resources for the people most impacted by COVID-19, especially those who cannot access public support or bridge loans. These efforts include:
Latino Families Financial Relief Fund to provide immediate funding and financial relief to families and individuals affected by the COVID-19 crisis who are excluded from safety net programs such as unemployment. Funds raised will support emergency cash support for food, household essentials and rental assistance. Donations can be made at bit.ly/CLUESCovid19Relief.
COVID-19 Bilingual Hotline and Resource Center– Phone navigation support is offered throughout the week, with an online resource center available 24/7. Our team provides one-on-one rapid response and access to employment opportunities, emergency housing interventions, consumer protections, etc.
CLUES would like to show our gratitude to all those who participated in this initiative. Thank you for your support and generosity with the community.