Summary on TNOYS’ Virtual Meetings in Response to COVID-19

Last week, TNOYS brought together youth-service providers for peer-to-peer learning, information sharing, troubleshooting, and peer support through a series of virtual meetings. TNOYS has been coordinating some of its efforts with National Network for Youth, Texas Homeless Network, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, and Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services. Each call included opportunities… Read more »

Federal Funding Available for COVID-19 Relief

In response to COVID-19, the federal government has made several funding opportunities available to small businesses and nonprofits. TNOYS is closely monitoring updates and new opportunities, and we will add more information to this post as it becomes available.  As of this writing, three bills addressing COVID-19 and its economic impacts have been passed at… Read more »

Activities and Projects for Youth in Shelters or RTCs During COVID-19

As the State of Texas, counties, and communities issue stay-at-home orders, social distancing and avoiding group gatherings has become the “new normal.” With the closure of schools, museums, coffee shops, and other businesses, young people living in group settings have lost access to the only places they can go outside their facilities. Because of this, these… Read more »

COVID-19 Response: Resources for Youth and Young Adults Seeking Food Assistance

Local governments are responding to COVID 19 with “stay-at home” policies, which has led to the closure of non-essential businesses, and school closings. Business closures have led to layoffs, which has resulted in an 860% increase in unemployment claims over the last week according to the Texas Tribune. As folks lose their jobs, youth are… Read more »

COVID-19 Response: Purchasing Groceries in Bulk for Your Organization

Over the last week, TNOYS facilitated calls with stakeholders, members, and government agencies to understand how youth services are responding to the current public health crisis and learn about the challenges they are facing. Due to various factors including but not limited to closed schools, disrupted food supply chains, and product limits and/or availability at… Read more »

Youth and COVID-19: Balancing Safety with Independence

As the number of identified cases of COVID-19 climb in the United States and in Texas, youth service providers, particularly providers running emergency shelters and residential treatment centers (RTCs), have raised concerns about balancing the safety of youth residents and staff with supporting the desire of youth in their care for independence. Many young people… Read more »

TNOYS Is Working to Distribute Cloth Masks to Member Organizations

We’re pleased to announce that TNOYS has several initiatives in the works to help our community access necessary supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that many organizations, especially residential service providers, are very concerned about the potential for a coronavirus outbreak within their facilities. Supplies such as hand sanitizer and masks could help keep… Read more »

COVID-19 Response: How to Access Hand Sanitizer for Your Organization

TNOYS has been in close communication with our membership and service providers across Texas, and we are now working with state agencies and partners on securing needed supplies for organizations. Through one of our initiatives, we established a partnership with the Office of the Governor and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) to help our members access… Read more »

Adjusting Your Organization and Your Staff to Working From Home During COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak has officially been categorized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. In the United States, the total number of people infected and the number of people who have died grows daily.  Within this atmosphere, Texas youth service providers are working to provide support and services to their clients while also keeping… Read more »

Remote Case Management in Response to COVID-19

As COVID-19 spreads and public health officials recommend everyone practice social distancing and limit their exposure to others, many youth service organizations have closed their offices or asked staff not providing residential care or essential services to work from home. Service providers who conduct in-person case management and therapeutic services are looking for ways to… Read more »