“May your minds be ever bent upon the needs of the communities to which you belong, the condition of the societies in which you live, and the welfare of the entire family of humanity, to whom you are all brothers and sisters.” —Universal House of Justice, March 20 2020
This past January, a group of young Baha’i’s and their friends in New Westminster committed to visiting the homes of all Baha’i’s in the city, in order to form closer bonds, reach out to isolated individuals and add to the spiritual life of the community by sharing prayers and meaningful conversations. With the current crisis and the need for individuals to practice social distancing, the group has decided to switch to a phone campaign, with the goal of calling every household in the Baha’i community, along with others in their own personal networks.
Although it is no longer advisable to visit face to face, the need to connect is more urgent than ever. The team is also offering their services doing grocery shopping and other necessary errands for those who may be unable to do so, and helping to spread the word about local resources like the 211 hotline to connect seniors with volunteers willing to chat or deliver groceries.