Truly, we are living in unprecedented times. Fear has gripped the hearts of many, depression and anxiety are at alarming heights, and resources have become limited for all and unattainable for many. In the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Love Fest International (LFI) noted several immediate needs going unmet. Many urgent needs going unmet include, but are not limited to: equal access to qualified, telehealth/virtual counseling and advice for vulnerable populations and those in lower income communities, access to emergency supplies, and opportunities for disadvantaged small businesses.
LFI has expanded its services to include covering the cost for virtual mental health counseling with certified counselors and clinicians for disadvantaged small business owners. Telehealth has proven to be a life-saving resource for those who can pay for and have access to it. To continue to serve our populations, we will make this an available option, which enables participants and clinicians to join from their own environments, using smartphones and communication devices they already have at their fingertips. Furthermore, LFI and its staff continue to adhere to COVID-19 protocols of safety and prevention without sacrificing service. Appointments will be conducted with licensed, certified clinicians through HIPAA-compliant mobile apps and websites.
Finally, LFI is also launching a community initiative to distribute supplies and food to over 500 households throughout metro Atlanta. Many of Georgia's less fortunate cannot afford to purchase food and emergency supplies at their current price points. Due to the high demand and increasingly limited supply of basic safety, cleaning, hygienic, and household goods, vulnerable populations are suffering and susceptible to contracting this fatally contagious virus without these goods. The very basic need for sufficient food is going unmet for many as a result of economic depression brought on by COVID-19. Therefore, this community initiative will make food, supplies, and mental health and counseling support available to the populations we serve and the greater Atlanta community.
Love Fests International will continue to uphold the standards of safety as recommended by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease control. We are implementing physical distancing (at least six feet away), and digitally will stay connected. The LFI staff is committed to serving and assisting in the safety and well-being of our community, volunteers, and staff.
Love Fest International Inc. has been financed to date through the help of generous donors, corporate partners, small business sponsors as well as individual supporters. With help from generous partners like you, together, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of underserved communities.