Debra Dynes Family House: A COVID Response
Now presenting! Debra Dynes Family House released a video called Debra Dynes: A COVID response. It shows what can happen when partners come together for the good of the community.
Debra Dynes Family House offers support for approximately 400 families.
The pandemic caused the family house to close their doors, but staff and partners came together to find new ways to support OCH families.
One key service in the early days of the pandemic was the emergency food bank. In March, the food bank served 1,700 people. By April, that number doubled to more than 3,500 people.
The Ottawa Network for Education also offered help with food. One of their main programs is the School Breakfast Program. Once schools closed, they remodelled the program to offer breakfast kits, to help while children are learning from home.
During the summer, the family house was able to hire 14 students who have helped run activities to keep kids active and engaged while physically distancing. They also offer a summer camp where children can conduct science experiments, play in the wading pool or do self-directed play.
Watch the video to learn more.