Peace During a Pandemic: Thoughts from a Casa Teresa Emergency Maternity Shelter Case Manager

by Casa Teresa
July 3, 2020

As this pandemic is happening around us, I feel safe and at peace being here at Casa Teresa. Being here to support, listen, and love our residents on a daily basis helps me cope with what’s happening in the world outside of these doors. At Casa Teresa, the staff works as a team to help our pregnant women and each other get through challenging days. As things are uncertain and constantly changing, what remains consistent at Casa Teresa is our dedication to lovingly uplift each other and support each other, while enjoying our time spent together as shelter in place continues.

While we are temporarily unable to facilitate our volunteer hosted educational workshops on-site, our residents have been focusing their time on self-reflection. Our moms are learning new coping skills, building resiliency, and trusting us in their journey through these difficult times. I am blessed to help serve as a guide and witness the growth that continues to flourish within them. Even with everything that is happening around them, there is no denying that the women and children feel safe and loved being here at Casa Teresa.

Being an EMS Case Manager at Casa Teresa, especially through this pandemic, makes me appreciate and value everything I have in this life even more. I feel that everything I have experienced in my life has led me to be here at Casa Teresa to serve and I could not be happier to be a part of something greater than myself. I am grateful to be able to come into work every day and continue to connect with, love, and support our residents. I am honored and blessed that I have an opportunity every day to make a difference in the lives of our residents – whether it be lending an ear to listen, a compliment, sending a smile someone’s way, or a simple “Good morning!”

Casa Teresa is not just home to our women and children, but it is also home to me. We consider ourselves not just a team that serves, but a family. Casa Teresa embodies love and family and will continue to for years to come for ALL who walk through these doors.

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