In the midst of the pandemic, Lotus House continues to save and change the lives of the most vulnerable in our community. Preparing for and responding to the threat of COVID-19 has presented challenges never before imagined in our work and to the health and safety of those we shelter and our dedicated team. Nonetheless, as an essential service, indeed "home" for those who have none, Lotus House continues to operate at full capacity and is "sheltering in" over 480 women and children nightly. Not only have we remained fully operational, but with the closure of schools and child care facilities across the county, Lotus House has expanded its programming, offering "home schooling" for our children, after schooling, summer programming and additional arts, activities and programming. Nearly every aspect of our operations and supportive services have been modified to protect the health and safety of those we shelter, volunteers, visitors and team, with deeper sanitizing and cleaning protocols, the addition of a new public health team of nurses for regular screening and health linkages, more programming supports in education, arts and activities for children and youth, protective equipment for staff and masks for guests, increased resources provided for our employment programming as women and youth face job loss and new operating and counseling protocols to deliver important child and family therapies and counseling so very much needed in these stressful times. These measures have meant unexpected expenses in the hundreds of thousands. We are measuring success one day at a time in the safety of those we serve and bracing for the inevitable wave of homelessness which will follow in the wake of the pandemic.