For months, the world has felt grief/anger over the loss, fear or hopelessness brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some just simply felt overwhelmed.
With more than 300 compassionate professionals volunteering their considerable skills and training, the Red Cross LA worked hard to foster a positive culture, to patiently listen to those who needed to talk and to spot early signs of traumatic stress.
While all non-essential gatherings were paused and buildings/offices were closed, it was quickly recognized that the isolation was having an impact on the workforce. As a result, Project Wellness was created – employees and volunteers called each one of the more than 10,000 people who make up the region. The result? People felt needed; people felt taken care of.
Nationally, the Red Cross launched a Virtual Family Assistance Center to support families struggling with loss and grief due to the pandemic and to help people build resilience and lend support to others during these difficult times.
In essence, taking care of oneself and one another became a massive priority for the Los Angeles Region.