The Impact of COVID on Children in Domestic Violence Shelters

Representatives from two domestic violence shelters housing JWI children’s libraries discuss children’s lives in these homes between homes – both before and during the COVID crisis – and how shelters have adapted to serve families throughout the pandemic. David Kahan, chief operating officer of the WINGS Project, Inc. in Chicago, and Alejandra Rodriguez, program manager of Hope Transitional shelter (part of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles), talk about how the COVID crisis has impacted their youngest residents, the challenges of accessing remote education from shelters, children’s increasingly urgent need for the space and tools to learn, and the importance of the resources that JWI’s National Library Initiative creates, stocks, and sustains in shelters across the U.S. Lori Weinstein, JWI’s CEO Emerita, moderates the discussion.


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