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Some Successes, Some Disappointments Vol.1 No. 12

20 April 2020

When it comes to getting needed supplies, often there just is not enough for everyone. This is true both with the Small Business Administration loans/grants and with the Farm Share food distributions.


First National Bank of South Miami reports that they have helped 500 business apply for the Payroll Protection Plan: "During this time we received from our clients over 500 applications for PPP assistance. We are quite proud to report that we have received approval from the SBA for more than $63 million in loans representing 278 businesses. For us, it is very rewarding to know that we have saved nearly 6,000 people from being unemployed through this program.  As of this hour (7 pm, 4/16/2020), we have funded more than $25 million. 


While we are proud to have helped so many, we mourn for the other 240 businesses that wait, for whom we have not been able to provide the same hope and assistance.

Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming demand, the SBA has exhausted the $349 billion allocation and has suspended any additional application submittal, pending further funding from Congress."


On Saturday, more than 500 families received food at the Farm Share distribution that took place at South Miami's Community Center. Cars were lined up very early; line was triple in the first block and double for a couple more. And it went on for many blocks. Because the volunteers were very efficient at setting up the tables with bags of produce, all was ready to go early. In double lines, cars were filing past and getting food placed in their trucks by 9:30 am. By 10:30 am every thing had been given away and the Police had to turn away the cars that came at that time.


I know there were disappointed people who were not able to get in line early enough and who, therefore, did not receive any food. There will be a couple of more Farm Share Distributions in our area in the coming weeks. As soon as I know when and where they will be, I will send out an email blast.


Grab 'n Go school meals will continue to be distributed. Now the schedule is Tuesday and Friday from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at a number of schools. The closest is South Miami Senior High, 6856 SW 53 Street. Parents will get meals for multiple days at a time.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have an interesting page up on the Internet. It titled Taking Care of Your Emotional Health. Some of the suggestions there are:


  • Take care of your body– Try to eat healthy well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Learn more about wellness strategiesexternal icon for mental health.

  • Connect with others– Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships, and build a strong support system.

  • Take breaks– Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try taking in deep breaths. Try to do activities you usually enjoy.

  • Stay informed– When you feel that you are missing information, you may become more stressed or nervous. Watch, listen to, or read the news for updates from officials. Be aware that there may be rumors during a crisis, especially on social media. Always check your sources and turn to reliable sources of information like your local government authorities.

  • Avoid too much exposure to news– Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do enjoyable activities and return to normal life as much as possible and check for updates between breaks.

  • Seek help when needed– If distress impacts activities of your daily life for several days or weeks, talk to a clergy member, counselor, or doctor, or contact the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-985-5990.


These words are good ones, though I did not write them: "We're living through extremely difficult and very frightening times that are testing our political resolve but we must not lose faith. Most of all, we cannot lose hope. Hope is what lifts us up in times of need. It is what fuels our belief that a better tomorrow is possible.  Saving our democracy and our upcoming election is paramount. The single most important thing you can do today is register to vote by mail. Have you registered yet? It's easy, here's the link to do so in Miami-Dade County.  And also, let's buy some stamps and help the USPS!" You can also use this site to request ballots in order to vote by mail. https://www.miamidade.gov/global/service.page?Mduid_service=ser1482258761076685


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Take care and stay safe.


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