Dear Friends of Cocoon House,
Communities near and far are being significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and Snohomish County is no exception. Over the last several weeks, I have seen our staff and teams come together as we work toward establishing a new normal. We expect it will be quite a while until our staff and the young people and families we work with are able to establish a new sense of safety and stability. During a time where new updates and recommendations are happening daily, if not hourly, our staff have remained responsive and nimble to these developments and I applaud them all for their commitment and dedication.
Cocoon House provides an essential safety net for homeless young people who have nowhere else to turn. These vulnerable youth experience elevated health risks, but especially so during this time of developing crisis. While we are seeing necessary closures happening across the county, the reality is that our 24/7, 365 days a year housing and Safe Place programs cannot close. As Cocoon House is often their only resource, it is imperative that we keep young people safe and healthy.
We remain committed to our staff, youth, families and community to keep vital services in operation throughout the entire experience of COVID-19. However, we can’t do it alone. We have seen our community previously rally during difficult times and remain certain that we can get through this together.
Outlined below are some of the immediate effects of the crisis and our responses. We will continue to keep our community updated as circumstances surrounding COVID-19 develop. Thank you for your understanding, flexibility, and the care you show for young people and their families throughout Snohomish County.