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In Good Company | Issue No. 6

We have observed the tough decisions business owners and individuals have had to make in light of these unprecedented times. We know that everyone is doing the best they can under these dire circumstances. We also feel it is important to shine a light on local businesses and community members and the remarkable ways in which they’ve quickly pivoted to adapt to the changing landscape despite the difficult decisions they have had to make. Each week we’ll be sharing positive stories that we’re hearing. We're proud to be IN GOOD COMPANY.

This week's stories:

  • Sostrin Immigration Lawyers LLP is a boutique immigration law firm working on visas for highly talented international doctors and medical researchers who are on the front lines of the pandemic. Partners Rita Sostrin and Alex Dgebuadze are working tirelessly trying to get visas in time for the newly matched residents to timely start their programs on July 1, as well as for those residents finishing their programs on June 30 who plan to start their jobs on July 1. READ MORE
     
  • MedTrainer is providing complimentary training and resources to help healthcare professionals meet the challenging demands of changing regulations while following best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ve set up a dedicated resource page that includes a growing list of online courses on preparedness, hygiene and patient care.  They’ve also created a webinar on HIPAA privacy and security exceptions and compiled a variety of informative downloadable materials. READ MORE
     
  • PeaTos is sending a free care package to those who need emergency snack food support for every box of PeaTos bought on PeaTos.com. They have also: donated proceeds to Feeding America, partnered with My Gym for a virtual kid-friendly workout, hosted a “Snack on Laughter” Live comedy show, and partnered with Children’s Hospital L.A. for their Walk and Play L.A. virtual event on May 16. READ MORE
     
  • Seth Kastenbaum, a Mar Vista resident and local 6th grade teacher collaborated with his friend Gosha Pinno, the owner of Beautiful People (an LA-based apparel company), to manufacture masks at cost to donate to various local organizations, including the Mar Vista Family Center, the VA in West Los Angeles, Disability Voices United and Safe Place for Youth. Seth raised funds for the masks from a group of close friends, including Craig Coan—a real estate partner at our firm.
     
  • NCJW | LA has activated an Emergency Rental Assistance Program due to COVID-19. In the past two months, NCJW | LA has received six times more requests for funds compared to the past year and has supported 130+ households with rental assistance. To bolster the funds, NCJW | LA is offering support and guidance to recipients so they can navigate other critical services including access to healthcare and food as well as providing information regarding renters’ rights and updates on the eviction moratorium. READ MORE

Have a story to submit? We would love to include them in our weekly newsletter. Email Ben Helfman at [email protected] with your story.

We’ve all received several alerts over the past few weeks regarding the various local, state and federal initiatives that have been enacted to combat the global pandemic. This is not one of those newsletters. For the latest legal insights, please refer to the firm’s Coronavirus Resource Center. To the extent that you have any questions in light of any developments, we are available to assist.