Community Organizations Are the Other First Responders During COVID-19:
Despite COVID-19 and throughout the “Shelter in Place” mandate, community-based organizations like Brotherhood Crusade, YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, the Jenesse Center for battered women, and other non-profits remained open, operating and serving a community that was already in desperate need of resources. The Brotherhood stated it has an obligation to remain open and provide services to the community, this would not be possible without the support of so many of their corporate partners who have stepped up during these most critical of times. Beyond basic needs, like food and shelter; the YWCA stated these times are tough on many residents within the community mentally as well. The YWCA provides counseling services and said that during these stressful times, their 24-hour rape and domestic abuse hotline is a critical part of providing services within the community.