It would be an understatement to say that last year brought a lot of challenges! The COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside-down, and as a result, it changed procedures and protocols for all of DAHLIA Living.
We Miss Our Eastside Community
By far, the worst change for our organization is the lack of community activities and outings for our residents. To ensure our residentsâ safety, they are unable to go to work, attend classes, or even go on a trips - all things that we love to encourage our residents to do! Our staff members work very hard to make sure that our residents donât feel isolated or bored while we all wait for things to get back to normal.
A Virtual Auction
As most of our supporters will know, every year DAHLIA Living hosts a live auction to celebrate what weâve accomplished and fundraise for the coming year. It is usually a highlight of the year, with our staff, residents, and supporters mixing and mingling for both a good cause and a good time.
As COVID-19 continued to spread, we had to revise our 2020 auction plans. Instead of an in-person dinner, we organized a virtual event. Embracing this âfuturisticâ idea, we chose a sci-fi-inspired theme: Live Long & Prosper! With the help of our very generous sponsors, Adavanza, and Stephen Kilbreath, we set up an auction website and streamed a program live to your computers, living rooms, bathrooms, cars, or wherever else you might have been.
Despite the change in venue and traditions, our supporters showed their love for DAHLIA Living. We raised more than $43,000! Those funds are going toward PPE, resident care, and gratitude pay for our staff members. We feel so lucky to have such amazing donors. We are very grateful - especially with the constant craziness of 2020! Hopefully weâll be able to celebrate safely with you all in-person sooner rather than later!