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"Behind the Pandemic Mask" - Resources for Problems

Updated: Sep 18, 2022


Foreword - A Letter to Our Readers


Dear Readers,

The Coronavirus Pandemic created problems for all of us.

In the "We Care" program of "Behind the Pandemic Mask," we shared stories that highlighted 10 different types of problems:

A. Domestic Violence, B. Senior Citizens, C. Connecting with Others, D. Homeless, E. Veterans, F. Teachers, G. Discrimination / Prejudice, H. Parenting Children (including autism), I People Who Have Lost a Loved One, J. Obesity / Weight Problems

Our hope is this resource list below will provide information that could diminish your sadness, your anger, frustration, grief, and most of all your isolation during the pandemic.

We welcome your thoughts. Please leave any comments or suggestions in our comment section located under this article or email your thoughts to

A BIG thank you to The Key Idea and Elements of the Community.


The Resource List


Special Out Reach Organizations

People's Zoom Readers Theater (PZRT) is a diverse group of people who are interested in learning from each other about our differences and enlightening our audiences through drama about our shared humanity and the importance of rejecting harmful acts of discrimination of any kind. Our main mission is to combat prejudice and injustice through drama.

The Key Idea educates and empowers people of all ages through fun and creative experiences inspired by keys. The Key Idea collects and shares stories from people who show courage, resiliency, humor, compassion and more in this historic time. Snail mail (PO Box 304 West Hyannisport, MA 02672) or email (

Elements of the Community Inc, a social enterprise that provides inspiring, empowering, and enlightening opportunities for children, families, and their communities. Elements of the Community stays up to date with today’s trends and best practices in regards to Economics, Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Media. It's committed to helping children and their families become lifelong learners, socially responsible, self-sufficient, productive financially free citizens of their community.

A. Domestic Violence ( Women in abusive relationships)


During pandemic, trained DV counselors will meet with survivors over zoom. This is a great opportunity for survivors to learn about our services (for survivors who reside in SF), get referrals, and overarching support and crisis counseling, no appointment is required!

Participants MUST BE IN A CONFIDENTIAL SPACE when joining sessions. We ask all participants to join the session with their camera. Folks unable to attend a zoom session are encouraged to call our 24-hour support line: 415-864-4722.

BWJP is the national resource center on civil and criminal justice responses to intimate partner violence (IPV).

B. Senior Citizens

AARP’s mission is to empower people to choose how they live as they age. They help people navigate ageless realities — financial well-being, health, how to contribute to society and local communities, and how to fully enjoy life.

An official Pennsylvania government website.

C. Connecting with Others

A DMAX Club is a student-led, mental health-related social club on a college campus that creates an environment for students to get together and talk about how they are doing, how their friends are doing and how they can help each other. DMAX's mission is creating connections and conversations that matter to strengthen mental health and emotional well-being for young people. If this is an urgent request, please email us at or call us at 610-527-2971.

D. Homeless

A caring family for Philadelphia's homeless.


An official Philadelphia government website for homeless. Call the Homelessness Prevention Hotline at 215-686-7177 and follow the instructions. Due to high call volume, you may wait up to 72 hours to receive a response. And if you're facing eviction, call Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project, at 267-443-2500.

The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. Project HOME strives to create a safe and respectful environment where they support each other in their struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.

E. Veterans

To serve the crisis management, information and referral needs of all U.S. Veterans and their families through: management and operation of the nation’s first vet-to-vet toll-free helpline for all veterans and their families.

Veteran Resources Detail


General is an online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives. If you or somebody you know is in immediate danger of suicide, please call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 right away for help.

Healthcare-resources-for veterans

This page compiled a list of resources, including healthcare options, non-profit organizations, specialized programs, veteran support groups and VA resources, to help our brave heroes find the help and support they deserve.

The Mesothelioma Veterans Center

The Mesothelioma Veterans Center offers free resources that are reviewed by certified oncologists and provide detailed information about mesothelioma and its health impacts. Their mission is to raise awareness about cancer and other asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma.

F. Teachers

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the education field is producing a growing body of useful resources to support student learning and well-being during school closures. This page is updated regularly and curates some of these resources based on the recommendations of our research teams and our partners.

Teach For America is a diverse network of leaders working to confront educational inequity through teaching and at every sector of society to create a country free from this injustice. Together, we are driving impact across the country to achieve our vision that one day all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

G. Discrimination/ Prejudice

NAACP's mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. NAACP have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists.

ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

H. Parenting Children with Special Needs (including autism)

Tools for raising an extraordinary person.

Navigating the journey of parenting children with special needs. The organization's hope is that you will find the website to be a safe place to navigate through your journey as a parent or caretaker of children with special needs. You are never alone.

The Kinney Centerfor Autism Education and Support has a two-fold mission: to educate and train the autism professionals of tomorrow, while supporting and serving the individuals and families affected by autism today.

The Autism Institute is leading the way in discovering, developing, promoting and disseminating population-level and community-based approaches that will prevent autism-associated morbidity and disability and improve the quality of life for individuals with autism of all ages.

Helping Hands Family is a group of ABA Therapy Clinics in PA, NJ and NY. We use the American Medical Association endorsed Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) practice to help children live better lives. Their goal is to help parents and referral sources navigate the path to starting therapy and to foster continuous improvement over the course of treatment.

I. Support for people who have lost a loved one.

Open to Hope is a non-profit with the mission of helping people find hope after loss. We invite you to read, listen and share your stories of hope and compassion.

Find out what's happening in Grief Support Meetup groups around the world and start meeting up with the ones near you.

Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer.

J. Obesity/Weight problems

“The OAC's Obesity Care Providers locator makes it easy to find the right healthcare provider in your area to have a positive conversation about your weight and health.”

Michelle Vicari – OAC Chairwoman

CDC’s Work to Make Healthy Living Easier

We partner with national, state, and local groups to advance the following programs and priorities:

Early Childcare and Educational (ECE) Obesity Prevention Program We partner with states to: 1) make state-wide improvements in their ECE system by incorporating obesity prevention standards and practices; and 2) support a targeted group of ECE providers to make facility-wide improvements using a learning collaborative intervention. These activities help providers support breastfeeding, healthy eating, and physical activity for children in their facilities.

Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) Projects We focus on improving community-clinical collaborations to help prevent and manage childhood obesity in low-income children. We test a model that increases obesity screening and counseling services for eligible children in the selected communities, and refers them to local pediatric weight management programs. These findings help inform our childhood obesity efforts across the nation.

High Obesity Program We fund land grant universities to work with community extension services to increase access to healthier foods and safe and accessible places for physical activity in counties that have more than 40% of adults with obesity.

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Program We fund and support local groups in developing culturally-tailored community programs to assure good nutrition and physical activity are attainable for all people. The program empowers community organizations to identify their unique needs, assets, and opportunities to reduce chronic diseases and risk behaviors.

State Physical Activity and Nutrition Program We fund state recipients to implement evidence-based strategies at state and local levels to improve nutrition and physical activity.

Childhood Obesity Data Initiative (CODI) We work with the Task Force for Global Health to understand how well child obesity prevention and treatment strategies work by linking researchers, program analysts, and specialists through the Childhood Obesity Data Initiative.

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