As the spread of COVID19 continues to impact those around us, and South Hills wants to help. We have put together some emotional and financial resources for those looking for relief in these areas.
- Click HERE for Burbank resources including emergency orders, BUSD updates, tips to stay healthy, evictions, and more.
- Click HERE for more information about Burbank Temporary Aid Center’s food pantry and the other assistance programs they offer.
- Click HERE for LA Food Bank’s directory for food distributions in your area.
- Click HERE for more information about how to file an unemployment claim in California.
- Click HERE if you are self-employed, a business owner, an independent contractor, etc. for how to file an unemployment claim in California.
- Click HERE for more information about how to file for Disability if you have been sick or quarantined and unable to work.
- Click HERE for more information about how to file for Paid Family Leave if you have not been able to work because you have been taking care of someone with COVID19.
- If you would like to work on/create a budget, EVERY DOLLAR is a great free app to use.
- Before creating your budget, get clarity from your income source(s) as to what reality will look like over the coming weeks.
- Cut spending to bare necessities. If you can’t pay all of your bills, DAVE RAMSEY recommends you spend your money on these four items first and in this order:
- If you’re still not able to cover all of your expenses, identify payments that can be deferred:
- Call creditors to explain your situation. You can ask for temporary relief on your monthly payments. If you offer to still send some money, even if it’s a smaller amount than your typical payment, they might be more willing to work with you.
- If you have federal student loans, you can forbear (interest accrues) or defer (interest doesn’t accrue on subsidized federal loans) your loan payments.
- For student loans, use the questionnaire HERE to understand what options are available to you.
- If you’re paying extra on debt(s) right now and have less than one to two months’ worth of expenses in an emergency fund, it might not be a bad idea to temporarily stop extra payments and then restart them once things settle down.
- Click HERE if you’ve lost your job, but would like to enroll for health insurance.
- Kim Dodd, AMFT – a licensed and ordained pastor in California and a LMFT in Indiana with over 20 years of experience. She does not take insurance, but she is more than happy to produce a superbill for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. She currently charges $100/hr session with a sliding scale upon request. If you would like to contact her to set up a time to interview her to see if she would be a good fit for you/your family, her contact information is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Katie Flores, LMFT – comes highly recommended. She currently does not take insurance, but she is more than happy to produce a superbill for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. If you would like to contact her to set up a time to interview her to see if she would be a good fit for you/your family, and to discuss her rates, her contact information is: email@example.com / 626.689.0459.
- Burbank’s Family Service Agency – counseling for all ages since 1953. Their fee is on a sliding scale. You can visit their WEBSITE or call them directly 24/7 at 818.845.7671.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS:
- GRIEFSHARE seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.
TIPS TO HELP YOU COPE DURING THE PANDEMIC:
- Create a routine. Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day. If you’re working from home, establish a start time and an end time. This can help create a sense of normalcy and predictability.
- Stay connected to others. Use technology to stay connected to friends, family, and co-workers by calling, texting, emailing, and videoing with one another. Connect with people who will be present, compassionate, and good listeners.
- Stay connected to your community. Actively seek ways to stay plugged in. Use technology to watch church services online. Support local businesses by buying gift cards for a later date or buying lunch for those on the front lines. Volunteer your time to help your local schools or nonprofits distribute food and essentials to your community.
- Take care of your body. Do things that help you feel better and relieve stress. Eat healthy foods, get plenty of rest, practice stretching and breathing exercises, and move your body daily (e.g., yoga, walking, dancing).
- Access reliable media resources in small doses. Stay informed, but limit the amount of time you check the news to once or twice a day to prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed.
- Limit addictive behaviors. Distracting yourself and finding ways to seek relief from what’s going on around you is normal. However, pay attention to how much time you’re spending on television and social media. Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake.
WHEN IS IT TIME TO ASK FOR HELP:
- Often we are able to navigate life’s challenges by ourselves or with help from family and friends. However, there are times when we need to get help from a doctor or counselor (therapy/counseling referrals above). Here are a few indicators that it might be time to seek professional help:
- Struggle is preventing you from functioning in a healthy way or is significantly impacting your quality of life.
- It’s difficult to resolve an issue through your own ways of coping.
- Your current coping mechanisms (e.g., overuse of alcohol or drugs) are potentially destructive.
- You are overwhelmed to the point where negative emotions are dominating the way you feel.
- You are feeling hopeless and/or losing interest in things that used to bring you joy.
- Negative thoughts are preventing you from thinking clearly and making healthy decisions.
- You’re experiencing heightened social conflict or a desire for increased social withdrawal that is difficult to control.
- Note that thoughts of self-harm or the desire to harm others require immediate attention, including telling family and friends that care about you and contacting a suicide prevention center and/or other resources listed below. If you feel like you are in immediate danger or are a danger to others, go to a behavioral health hospital for a free assessment or seek medical attention by dialing 911.