Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund, established in March by United Way of Bucks County with additional funding from Penn Community Bank, has awarded a $20,000 grant to Libertae.
Libertae provides long-term residential, halfway house, and outpatient services. The Bensalem-based nonprofit is one of the few programs dedicated solely to treating and supporting women with substance use disorders.
Although the agency took all necessary steps to prepare for COVID-19, including reducing their census and implementing preventative measures, individuals in their community tested positive for the illness.
CEO Nancy Wolf took immediate and decisive action – including bringing in 24/7 nursing care for those who tested positive. “We are committed to our clients and delivery of care, top to bottom. We did what we needed to do to keep our clients and our staff safe. That included limiting contact, preventing spread, and providing round-the-clock care for those who tested positive,” said Wolf.
Wolf notes that the youngest patient to test positive at their site was only a few months old – and that several members of the Libertae community have underlying health conditions.
“Managing the outbreak and now the aftermath is incredibly difficult,” said Wolf. “This has really impacted us in so many ways, including financially. But my hope is that we are all able to learn from this experience – and share what we have learned with others so we will all be better moving forward.”
In addition to their work keeping their community physically healthy, she and her team continue to provide services that keep clients emotionally connected – and connected to their recovery work.
Since its inception, the COVID-19 Recovery fund has provided more than 30 grants, totaling over $180,000, to dozens of local nonprofits serving people impacted by COVID-19. All grants focus on life-sustaining and essential human services. To learn more about the programs and services provided by these agencies, visit our website at uwbucks.org/covidgrantswork
United Way of Bucks County Member Agencies will continue to submit grant applications on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed by a panel of business and nonprofit leaders. Payments are released immediately to ensure that people who experience a financial crisis due to COVID-19 get help quickly.
In addition to more than 600 individual, local donors, Penn Community Bank, Dow, BB&T now Truist, Janssen, PECO, Foundations Community Partnership, Bucks County Foundation, Hallett Charitable Foundation, Barra Foundation, Grundy Foundation, Fegley Law Firm, Shoprite of Hunterdon County, Vistra Energy, Wells Fargo, Bucks County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., 100+ Women Who Care Bucks County, and the Residents of Ann’s Choice support the fund.
Additional funds are needed. Donations can be made at uwbucks.org/COVIDrecovery
or by mailing a check to United Way of Bucks County, 413 Hood Boulevard, Fairless Hills, PA 19030, with COVID recovery in the memo line.