RALI partners represent a variety of community organizations who are on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic, as well as other key health and wellness efforts.
The coronavirus outbreak means most of us are adjusting to a “new normal” of remote work and social distancing – however this presents a significant challenge to organizations responsible for providing invaluable addiction resources and other outreach.
During these unprecedented times, we’d like to highlight some of the great work our partners are doing to address the challenges that the outbreak has brought to our communities.
Washington Recovery Alliance
Washington Recovery Alliance (WRA) is a statewide organization advocating for public policy on recovery issues in Washington state. As they continue to find ways to connect with their community remotely, they are also preparing for their Annual Recovery summit on June 1st, which will now take place virtually. The event is designed to unify the recovery community and discuss legislative policies that will advance treatment and recovery in Washington – issues that are more important than ever as we navigate the new challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
The Urban League is responding to the many immediate needs of community members in need of support and assistance in light of the COVID outbreak. In addition to the health impacts, the coronavirus has led to a significant economic impact. While most of the organization’s work is now remote, they are still maintaining limited office hours to support those seeking housing. They are in the process of standing up a shelter in the Central District for those experiencing homelessness and are also providing rental relief funds for those that have lost their jobs and may be struggling to pay rent.
National Alliance of Mental Illness – Washington
The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) is a national advocacy and support organization working to close the gaps in our mental health system through peer-led presentations, classes and support groups. NAMI Washington is continuing to support the recovery community through virtual support groups, crisis hotlines, virtual community events, and more. They’ve released a comprehensive mental health tips and resource guide and are updating their COVID page regularly.
KDNA Radio is a community public radio station located in the heart of Yakima Valley. As their listeners are prominently Hispanic/Latino, KDNA strives to provide culturally informative content with the intent to empower and educate their communities. They are working to conduct a Spanish COVID-19 prevention campaign to educate Yakima residents on ways to stay safe during this outbreak.
RALI Washington will continue to share information on behalf of our partners in the coming weeks. We are extremely proud to partner with these organizations, and to support their important work during this time.