#MyMaskMyStory: “They always find a way to reach out”

Southern  |  August 10, 2020
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Part of our Together While Apart campaign, #MyMaskMyStory is a collection of personal accounts from individuals with deep ties to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include those who have volunteered, those who have donated, and those who have received.

Edited by Dilber Shatursun

“My name is Monique Douglas. I am a resident Lead Tech here at Wellsprings Village. Wellsprings is a transitional housing program for single women only, for women from the ages of 25 to 50. We are also a work-focus program. Wellsprings was founded in 1988 by Sister Rita Owens and Sister Justin Farinella, and believe it or not, like I said- I’m alumni.”

“I’ve been working here for 13 years and several months. The Tzu Chi Foundation has been awesome for our facility. Anytime we need cleaning items, supplies for the women, they always find a way to reach out to us and help us out. They used to come over here and teach [and] do classes with the women, but due to the pandemic, all our classes have been put on hold because of safety reasons.”

“Before you guys came, start giving us masks, we had the clients make masks out of bandanas and stuff like that, and now that you guys were able to assist us, we start passing the masks out to the clients, like ten in a pack.”

Monique Douglas is the Lead Technician and an alumni of Wellsprings Village, a transitional residence program for women in Houston, TX. It primarily serves women who are homeless or have been victims of abuse. Since May, Tzu Chi Southern volunteers have donated roughly 2,800 surgical masks, 30 cloth masks, 2 gallons of isopropyl alcohol, cleaning supplies, and food including Jing Si rice and noodles. Watch her #MyMaskMyStory video and catch up on the entire #MyMaskMyStory collection here.

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