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The report’s impact

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The 2021 Safety Net Arlington report highlights the experiences of 21 Arlington nonprofits who partnered closely and convened frequently to address the historic challenges of 2020-2021. Since the start of the pandemic, these safety net organizations have risen to meet innumerable challenges with the single purpose of ensuring people are safe and supported. Like every essential business, safety net nonprofits play critical roles in our community’s well-being and safety. Each of these 21 organizations was called upon to continue serving uninterrupted throughout this crisis, and to find the resources to do so. This report shares how these organizations have bound together with each other and the County to collectively rise to the challenges of this period marked by health, economic, and racial justice crises. In it, the leaders offer recommendations for moving forward as a community.

Your impact

As a key partner and friend in Safety Net Arlington’s network, you can play an important role in amplifying the report’s findings and messages to drive the conversation toward a brighter, more equitable, more just Arlington, both for our communities and for the safety net organizations that serve them.

With the report covering a number of issues, we’ve created a variety of messages and images in the sections below that can be tailored to align with what’s most valuable to you and your audience. 

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About the report

* In March 2020, our entire world changed in just a matter of days. Here in Arlington, those working on the front lines of essential health and human services moved quickly to remap ways to support our most vulnerable. This new report offers a snapshot of these heroic efforts over the last 18 months – and counting. 

* Individually and collectively, it is clear that our safety net providers have made an indelible mark in our community’s history in helping many through this time of ongoing crises. This new report captures a snapshot of these heroic efforts. 

* Since the start of the pandemic, the urgency to meet the needs of our community has been a massive, all-hands-on-deck effort. This new report offers a snapshot of these efforts over the last 18 months – and counting.

* Since the start of the pandemic, safety net organizations have risen to meet innumerable challenges with the single purpose of ensuring people are safe and supported. In doing so, many found new ways of serving, partnering, and seeing possibilities. Read the new report offering a snapshot of these heroic efforts.

Needs and challenges

* Ensuring people have safe places to live is more paramount than ever to ensure their safety and our community’s ability to curb virus transmission. This new report offers a snapshot of the heroic efforts made to meet these challenges – and many others – since the start of the pandemic. 

* Meeting the volume, depth, and range of needs over the duration of the pandemic has required multiple community, nonprofit, and County efforts to collectively reach the thousands of individuals and families going without. Read the new report offering a snapshot of these heroic efforts.

* Access to PPE, social distancing, and COVID-testing and treatment proved especially difficult for people in transition during the pandemic. Read the new report offering a snapshot of the heroic efforts made to address these needs – and many others.

* Persons incarcerated and those experiencing substance addiction during the pandemic face significant traumas of isolation, high exposure to COVID, and helplessness. Read the new report offering a snapshot of the heroic efforts made to address these needs – and many others.

* Safety Net Arlington leaders say the past 18+ months have been among the hardest of their long careers in human services, with some serving over four decades. Yet at the same time, it was one during which they were overwhelmingly inspired and found hope and pride in what they and their teams, volunteers, and boards accomplished for people in crisis. Read the new report highlighting these efforts.

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