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A Message from our President about COVID-19

March 24, 2020     By Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director, Boys Town

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As our communities and our nation face the extraordinary and unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis, we at Boys Town want you to know that you and your family are in our prayers and that we are tremendously grateful for your continued support. In times like these, the need to serve children increases.

We know how deeply you care for the boys and girls who find hope while in our care and for the families in crisis that turn to us so they can stay together and grow stronger. That's why I wanted to provide you with a brief update of some of the measures we are taking to ensure the safety of those we serve.

We care for thousands of boys and girls through our programs at Boys Town. We are taking important steps to safeguard the children and families in our care. They are our priority.

On our Home Campus at the Village of Boys Town, Nebraska, and in residential homes at our affiliate sites. We have implemented the following practices to ensure that our kids and their caregivers – married couples called Family-Teachers – are as safe as possible while they continue to work together as a family:

  • Heightened cleaning in all homes and facilities
  • Educating youth on good hygiene practices and how they help prevent the spread of illness (no handshakes, frequent handwashing)
  • Limiting the number of visitors to our Boys Town homes
  • Developing enrichment activities youth and their caregivers can enjoy at home or on campus
  • Providing increased support to Family-Teachers when their youth are home for extended periods of time
  • Reducing class sizes in our schools, sending kids to lunch in small groups and dismissing classes in intervals at the end of the school day
  • Using remote and online learning for some classes
  • Carefully screening new youth who are admitted to our residential program

In addition, our Family Consultants provide preventive care and interventions for hundreds of troubled families right in their own homes. These families are already stressed and experiencing hardship, and the coronavirus crisis only makes things worse. That's why the work of our Consultants is especially important at this time. In these family-focused programs, we are:

  • Checking with families before home visits to ensure healthy conditions and providing support for families by phone or other means of communication when in-person visits are delayed
  • Educating family members on good hygiene practices (no handshakes, frequent handwashing)
  • Improving and increasing access to the community resources families need during this crisis
  • Providing educational resources and parenting supports, and assistance through the Boys Town National Hotline

We are doing the same for our employees by educating our workforce on how to stay safe; restricting unnecessary travel and face-to-face meetings; and canceling or postponing fundraising events in order to minimize the risk that comes with bringing large groups of people together.

But even with all these precautions (and others that may be necessary in the weeks and months ahead), we remain committed to our mission and continue our day-to-day operations so those in greatest need can benefit from the life-changing care and resources we provide. We are able to do that because of you.

Many challenges still lie ahead. We all must pull together to meet and overcome them. That's why your continued support and prayers for Boys Town and its mission are so crucial. I truly believe that the spirit of compassion and generosity that moves you to help our children and families is what will get us through these trying times.

If you feel called during this incredibly difficult time to provide additional support to these children and parents in need, please consider making a donation todayWords cannot fully express how much you mean to our organization and to those who turn to us in times of personal crisis. 

God's Blessings,

Father Steven E. Boes
President and National Executive Director, Boys Town

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