#Giving Tuesday-NOW | COVID-19
In March 2020, IPI followed the government mandate to discontinue face-to-face services to the hundreds of families we service. But we did not quit. Instead, we established our COVID-19 Family Management Team, set up a call-in hotline to address the needs of families via phone, and began conducting classes online, and via online ParentChats. COVID-19 did not stop family challenges, rather it escalated them.
In the hundreds of calls and conversations we’ve had with parents and families since COVID-19, what we do know is that families are struggling with many issues, including meeting basic family living needs, an increase in disruptive and harmful family relationships, academic support for children, teen misbehavior and discipline issues, mental and healthcare stressors, and substance misuse.
Urban Family Parenting Specialists
As IPI worked primarily with trauma-impacted families throughout Northwest Indiana’s urban centers, it noted that these families flourished when program content was delivered under a fellowshipping atmosphere. Often these families had to mature quickly due to trauma, which left them operating from a self-focused survival mode.
Under the learning conditions provided by B2E, these families were able to build upon their social/emotional skills and others-focus, essential for effective parenting, to improve their life outcomes.
As a result, our programming has received local and state recognition, and is currently also utilized by schools, courts, family services agencies, state departments, and faith-based organizations.