Pandemic Updates From Owner,
Samantha Hess 

07/23/21
Hello,

Thank you for being here. I’d love to share a bit about what’s going on lately:

The new inbound space is at 8959 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97219. It’s a one room office with a small window that opens for fresh air, a communal restroom, and a parking lot. The space is ADA compliant, and I have purchased a chair with a 1,500 lb weight limit, and a bed frame with a 2,400 lb bed frame to offer comfort for all bodies.

I, Sam, am fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine as of Feb 20, 2021 (with my second dose being on Feb 6th), and I am still wearing a mask for sessions, although for those who are fully vaccinated who haven’t been on a plane in the last 6 days I leave it up to you to decide if you want to wear a mask when you visit.

I am willing to see clients who are unvaccinated with additional restrictions for visits such as masks required and limited pose options to minimize shared breathing space. My strong preference is to only see fully vaccinated clients, but I do understand that this is a personal choice.

The big news: The stress of offering this work for more than 8 years now while still not being able to pay myself a living wage has me concerned about the longevity of my own ability to maintain this work long term. In order to create a business large enough to grow beyond what I can provide solo, I have had to donate at least 75% of what I earn back to the business even this many years in. It’s a struggle to see the difference I make, and to take home $500 a month (before taxes) for all I do with the company. Setting up a Patreon has helped me not only increase my personal income but also have a lovely way to share what’s going on in my personal life, connect through virtual events, and chat in our Discord server.

The pandemic is showing me that I have to start looking out for myself better. I cannot predict or expect financial sustainability through the business, so I am opting to take August off of all work and Patreon activities. My hope is to reinvigorate my interest in finding creative ways to create growth and sustainability instead of feeling bitter or angry at this still not working.

For those of you who continue to make it a priority to support me, who have helped me get through the pandemic, thank you so very much. I am eternally grateful.

If you are new to finding us or returning and have an interest in helping ensure our services will be available ongoing, I am asking for your support by signing up for/sharing my Patreon to help me feel valued, and through booking sessions in September or later. Will you sign up for the Patreon for $1 or more per month if you’re not there yet please?

I will be back in September, and my calendar is available to book now. But there’s also truth to at some point me having to give up if I can’t find a way to make enough money to succeed. I told Ben I’m willing to reevaluate in 2 years. I’d much rather be here with you than go be a manager at some soulless company who can pay me what I’m worth. I really don’t want to do that. I want this to work.

As far as the rest of the team: Cora is still offering Zoom check-ins, and she hopes to return before the end of 2021 for limited in-person sessions as well. I am waiting to hear back from Olivia, Linn, and Joey about their plans, but for now I have removed them from the site until I can confirm when/if they will be returning. Lake has opted to part ways for good. We wish her health and security in all she does. I also have a potential new teammate starting training in late September, and I plan on opening applications again when I get back in early September. I miss all of my team very much, and I look forward to sharing any updates as I receive them. I am still hopeful that we will be back together down the road.

In the meantime I would be very grateful to have you book an appointment, purchase a gift certificate, give a few dollars to help sponsor sessions for those in need, or support me on Patreon for $1 or more per month. Yup, it’s important enough to mention about 1,000 times. I’m that hopeful that with your support I can make pro cuddling a career and not just a decade where I opted to care about others more than my own future.

We are grateful to help support you through this time, are grateful for your support, and we look forward to brighter days ahead. Please contact me below with any comments/questions/concerns anytime.

Peace, Love, and Cuddles,
Samantha Hess
email: samantha@cuddleuptome.com
text: 971-361-8770
(if you text please tell me who you are)