COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis continues to affect us all. Wherever you are, we hope you are safe. We hope by offering some words of encouragement in these stressful and exhausting times, you will find the strength, courage, and energy to persevere. We also hope that by sharing some resources, you will know we are constantly thinking of you, our JET family. Our hope is for all of us to make it through together and to come out on top. We cannot wait to see or hear from you again.


Message

President Samantha Corpuz: It’s okay to seek comfort for comfort’s sake, especially in times of crisis. We put so much pressure on ourselves to “get s*** done” (*raises hand* guilty), we sometimes need reminding that it’s equally important and valuable to slow down. Read a book, be creative, play Animal Crossing, say “no” to a Zoom hangout. We are all doing our best with the cards we’ve been dealt. Practice compassion, not only with others but with yourself too.

Vice-President Michelle Kato: There is nothing normal about the circumstances surrounding the current COVID-19 crisis. We are all being affected. If you have the mental, physical, and emotional capacity and resources to help others, help them. If you need help, ask for help -but do not feel pressured to ask as everyone deserves respect and dignity. A full recovery will take time, but humans are resilient and when communities come together to strengthen and uplift each other, newer and even great things can be accomplished. Let’s keep our heads up. We’ve come this far. We can do it.

SecretaryDawn Wyruchowski: This video explains how much acknowledging grief, in any of its expressions, is often the most helpful thing we can do for ourselves and others. It’s okay to be sad, angry, frustrated, devastated and afraid. Please just remember the significance of having someone fully acknowledge what you’re going through. Whether they’re family, a friend, or a professional. I hope you have that someone. And as much as we can, I hope we all can be that someone for another.

Treasurer Jeremy Odden: These are hard times, no one can dispute that. And it’s bringing out some pretty ugly parts of our society. But it’s also showing us some really amazing parts of our society as well. Each day I see people coming together to support and check in on each other, and it gives me hope that we will get through this eventually. There were definitely days when I felt we might not, but I have kept hope, and I know you can too. We are here for you, and we will get through this!

Transitions Coordinator – Jessica Record: This will pass, eventually.

Social Coordinator Devyn Couch: Living through challenging times (such as a global pandemic) can cause a lot of feelings to come to the surface. Be gentle with yourselves, and each other.

Media Coordinator – Janice Laureano: We’re living in stressful times. Do not overwhelm yourself from news stories and social media. Take a break from your screen and turn up your favorite music or call up a loved one.

Advisory Board Member – Lynn Miyauchi: ESID – this mantra rang true on JET & still applies now as we wake up each morning in these extraordinary and unpredictable times! Yet, despite our differences, as with JET we are all connected by this common journey.  Each of us will navigate our way through the twists and turns of these most unusual times and the road that still lies ahead and see this through.  Unplug to recharge, reach out if you need to and help others if you’re able. Until we can all safely gather together again, please stay safe and be well!


RESOURCES

Resources providing information related to COVID-19 below include -but are not limited to- the following: (Many of the organizations may be able to offer assistance and/or would greatly appreciate consideration for your support.)

STAYING SAFE DURING COVID-19

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html
  • International Rescue Committeehttps://www.rescue.org/
    About: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and in 26 U.S. cities, our dedicated teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people. In Seattle, WA: IRC’s programs are designed to ensure refugees thrive in America. The IRC helps those in need to rebuild their lives and regain control of their future in their new home community. Refugees are greeted and welcomed at the airport by IRC case workers and volunteers to ensure their transition is as comfortable as possible. Programs in Seattle, WA cover resettlement, economic empowerment, community integration and development, health and wellness, protection, children/youth education, nutritional needs, and citizenship services. 
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    https://www.thehotline.org/help/ 
    About: The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) provides life-saving tools and immediate support to empower victims and survivors to find safety and live free of abuse. The Hotline also provides support to friends and family members who are concerned about a loved one. Resources and help can be found by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing may use TTY 1-800-787-3224.  Additionally, advocates who are Deaf are available 24/7 through the National Deaf Hotline by video phone at 1-855-812-1001, Instant Messenger (DeafHotline) or email (nationaldeafhotline@adwas.org). 
    Attention: Safety Alert: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet usage might be monitored, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224. Users of web browser Microsoft Edge will be redirected to Google when clicking the “X” or “Escape” button.  
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Centerhttps://www.nsvrc.org/ 
    About: The NSVRC’s mission is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research. 
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotlinehttps://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 
    About: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NSPL is committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
  • Emotional Wellbeing During COVID-19 Outbreakhttps://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/current-events/supporting-your-emotional-well-being-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/ 
    About: This page is regularly updated with new resources and information pertaining to coping tips, helpful resources, and other Lifeline Crisis Centers. 
  • Trans Lifeline https://www.translifeline.org/ 
    About: Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community. Trans Lifeline is committed to being a resource that the trans community can continue to rely on for years to come. With growing support, Trans Lifeline can keep these vital services available to those in our community who need them most.

STATE OF IDAHO

STATE OF MONTANA

STATE OF WASHINGTON

  • Low Income Housing Institute https://lihi.org/
    About: The Low Income Housing Institute develops, owns and operates housing for the benefit of low-income, homeless and formerly homeless people in Washington State; advocates for just housing policies at the local and national levels; and administers a range of supportive service programs to assist those we serve in maintaining stable housing and increasing their self-sufficiency.
  • 4Culture Ongoing Resource List
    https://www.4culture.org/covid-19-ongoing-resource-list/
  • Artist Trust: List of Resources in Response to COVID-19
    https://artisttrust.org/covid-19-resources-list/

    About: Artist Trust’s mission is to support and encourage artists working in all disciplines to enrich community life throughout Washington State.
  • American Red Cross (Northwest Region)
    https://www.redcross.org/local/washington.html
    About: The thousands of staff and volunteers of the Red Cross are here for you with emergency aid when you need it most, and also advice and assistance to help you recover from a disaster or become better prepared to face one in the future.
  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service
    https://acrs.org/acrs-critical-services-during-covid-19/
    About: ACRS promotes social justice and the well-being and empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities – including immigrants, refugees, and American-born – by developing, providing and advocating for innovative, effective and efficient community-based multilingual and multicultural services. During the COVID-19 outbreak, ACRS is offering limited essential services at ACRS offices to clients by appointment only and arranged by case managers by phone. These essential services support clients with acute, critical needs and will be determined by staff who can translate in different languages.  Learn what is available and who to contact.
  • Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC)
    https://www.desc.org/
    About
    : The Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) provides integrated services including housing, emergency shelter, crisis intervention and healthcare to thousands of homeless and formerly homeless people every day. ​
    Employment Services
    – ESC’s Supported Employment Program (SEP) develops and creates partnerships with local businesses and employment providers. We work closely with local businesses to assist them in finding quality workers who match the employer’s unique needs. From the wide variety of potential applicants, DESC provides screened, motivated job seekers who are well known to DESC. Supported Employment at DESC works in partnership with The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, King County Supported Employment and Foundational Community Supports with HCA. All services provided through DESC’s Employment Services are provided at no cost to the employer.
  • Elizabeth Gregory Home https://eghseattle.org/
    About
    : Elizabeth Gregory Home provides hope and help to hundreds of homeless women in the greater Seattle area each year through our drop-in Day Center, Transitional Housing program and case management services. 
  • Food Lifeline https://foodlifeline.org/
    About:
    Food Lifeline is on a mission to end hunger in Western Washington. Food Lifeline provides nutritious food to hundreds of thousands of people facing hunger every year by sourcing nutritious food from a variety of food industry partners. Food Lifeline will distribute this food through a partnership with 300 food banks, shelters, and meal programs, enabling us to provide the equivalent of 134,000 meals every single day. Need food? If you’re looking for help feeding yourself or your family, you’re in the right place. Use their map to find a Food Lifeline partner food bank, food pantry, or hot meal program in your neighborhood. This food is free and available even if you don’t qualify for SNAP or EBT.
  • Pride Foundation: COVID-19 Northwest Resource Listshttps://pridefoundation.org/about-us/covid-19-response/covid-19-resource-lists/
    About
    : Pride Foundation is building a better, safer, and more equitable world for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people and our families in the Northwest.
    The goal of the COVID-19 Northwest Resources page is to to house those different links in one place, and curate it especially for LGBTQ+ organizations and for our Northwest footprint. This is comprehensive, collective resource list for organizations, individuals, and families including local, state, national and international listings.
  • Seattle Foundation: COVID-19 Response Fund https://www.seattlefoundation.org/communityimpact/civic-leadership/covid-19-response-fund
    About: The COVID-19 Response Fund makes grants to community-based organizations that are working on the frontlines to support our region’s most vulnerable communities. The Fund complements the work of public health officials and expands local capacity to address the many needs created by the pandemic.
  • Seattle Utility Discount Program
    https://www.seattle.gov/humanservices/services-and-programs/affordability-and-livability/utility-discount-program
    About: The Utility Discount Program (UDP) offers eligible customers a 60% discount on their Seattle City Light bill and a 50% discount on their Seattle Public Utilities bill. UDP is available for income-qualified residential households.
  • SMASH (Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare): Musicians COVID-19 Resources and Information
    https://smashseattle.org/corona-virus-resources
    About: SMASH works to keep local musicians healthy. Working musicians must have access to affordable healthcare to prosper and continue to enrich our community.
  • Spokane Arts Resource List (Grants and Government Resources) – https://spokanearts.org/news/response-to-covid-19/   
  • Wellspring Family Services https://wellspringfs.org/
    About: Wellspring Family Services is a nonprofit, multi-service agency serving low-income and vulnerable individuals, children and families in Seattle and King County.  For more than 125 years, Wellspring has been a source of opportunity for children and families to win their resilience, triumph over trauma, and reach their full potential. 

JAPANESE GOVERNMENT POLICIES
Resources providing information for those who may have friends and /or  family living in Japan or those  planning to travel to Japan in the future.