Dear friends and relatives,
We hope this letter finds you healthy and well. Due to the emergence of the novel Coronavirus and concern for our staff and community, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation leadership has decided that the best course of action is to close our Daybreak Star and Columbia City sites to the public until it is deemed safe to reopen. This closure will be effective Monday, March 15, 2020. Developing updates will be forthcoming.
Many of our services cannot close. We have individuals counting on us daily, and we plan to meet their needs to the best of our ability. Our most essential services, such as the Labateyah Youth Home, Foster Care, and Homelessness Prevention programs will remain operational, though some practices may shift. All other non-essential services will occur in alternative forms until we can safely resume traditional procedures and high levels of contact with the public.
Our primary concerns are keeping our community healthy, and reducing risk factors. UIATF has been taking constant care to stay on top of this situation by hiring additional staff to help sanitize workplaces, encouraging staff to work from home, and addressing the needs of staff and the community as they arise.
This Public Health emergency has shaped our year. We have chosen to cancel or postpone many of our events in order to prioritize the health and safety of our community. These events are essential to our continued financial stability, and we hope we can count on your support and attendance at future events once the situation calms. We know that many people are feeling the effects of this virus in their daily lives, and encourage all of you to do what you can to aid your friends and neighbors. We must continue to show up to support each other, as many people, businesses and organizations will feel the ramifications of these realities for months to come.
Thank you for your understanding, support, and care for the community. We will be fully operational as soon as possible.
Mike Tulee, Executive Director