Hope in Uncertain Times
This morning a friend, okay: Julie Sussman Izsak, asked people to post their social distancing silver lining moments on FB. I had to think about it for a few moments because this has not been a fun week. What I came to realize was that I have spent a lot of time "talking" to family and friends this week. Uninterrupted. Without checking my watch. Not thinking about what I have to do next. Sometimes it has been via text. I have also responded and reached out via email. But, what sticks with me the most are the good old fashioned phone calls. Some left the sound of laughter in my ears. Others were filled with tears. All reminded me of how simple it is to love someone, and how powerfully important it is to let your people know...
Like you, my eyes have been on the news this week. The Legislature has been recessed until April 10 at the earliest, but we have been receiving information via email, primarily about the Governor's efforts to help as many folks as possible. To that end, I am providing a list of contact numbers/websites for anyone looking for more information about issues affecting them personally:
To see the Governor's Emergency Orders: www.governor.nh.gov
General info on COVID - 19 in NH: www.nh.gov/covid19 1-866-444-4211
Unemployment benefits: www.nhes.nh.gov 603-271-7700
Small business relief: www.sba.gov 603-225-1400
General education questions: www.education.nh.gov 603-271-3494
Senior shopping hours: Market Basket: Tues, Wed and Thurs from 5:30-7:00 AM Hannaford: Tues, Wed and Thurs from 6:00-7:00 AM Whole Foods: Daily from 8:00-9:00 AM Target: Wed from 8:00-9:00 AM
I want to give special attention to (and thanks for) the local effort of Town Councilor Denise Ricciardi to set up something to match Bedford residents in need of help with Bedford volunteers. On FaceBook, you can search for Bedford Cares that has the logo of two blue hands holding a heart. Once there, folks can fill out a form either asking for or offering help. For any family, friends or neighbors who are not on FaceBook, the telephone number to reach people in real time is 603-792-1319. This is a great idea, and I am sure Denise would appreciate any help you have to offer.
So many of you have already been touched by the concern and worry over COVID - 19. Whether it's trying to keep your kitchen stocked, monitoring your child who is back from abroad, or doing your best to keep yourself healthy enough to care for your vulnerable parents, this is real. It looks like we're going to be at this for awhile, so hang in there. And remember, sometimes the greatest gifts we have to offer are kindness and patience. I mean, who isn't appreciating teachers this week?! 🤓
I am happy to be in touch with anyone who has additional questions or concerns. As always, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I may not always have an immediate answer, but I check my email daily, and I may be able to point you in the right direction...
Best wishes offered for your continued health and safety... sm