As an agency, we have been working hard to balance the critical needs of clients while protecting the health and safety of everyone, including our employees and the community.
The management team of Catholic Charities has developed plans for reopening sites to provide services for clients who rely on us for support and treatment. While some of our services never closed during the pandemic, many were modified to provide services remotely to keep clients and staff at home.
Our Reopening Plan is underway, developed in accordance with the CDC and state authorities’ guidelines. The health, safety, and well-being of everyone continues to be our highest priority.
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Here are just a few of the ways that Catholic Charities has adjusted and adapted to COVID-19.
All of our School Readiness programs (Hartford, Meriden, New Haven, and Waterbury) and our Infant & Toddler Care program in Waterbury temporarily closed, but have reopened! We are excited to welcome back our little learners with enhanced health and safety protocols in place.
During the COVID-19 shutdown, our dedicated staff members continued to create packets of activities for our 3- to 5-year-olds, engage them through online videos, and provide phone contact and support for parents throughout this difficult period. We are so proud of our teachers for helping to make a very strange school year so special for these children and families.
Food pantries operating in our Family Centers began opening by appointment only or with significant social distancing and other precautions on a date when there is a large scale distribution. Food is bagged for families ahead of time and distributed individually to minimize contact.
We are also continuing to do everything we can to respond to individuals and families reaching out to us with Basic Human Needs and Emergency Assistance requests.
We are noticing a significant increase in emergency requests since the COVID-19 crisis began. Our funds are limited, but we are hoping that our donors will help us to respond to those who are worried about having a safe place to live.
Our group residences for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities remained open, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our adult day program in Newington was temporarily closed, but has reopened. Throughout the early days and weeks of the pandemic, staff members continued to provide home-based services to clients in need, with other staff redeployed to our group residences. Our clients are highly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to compromised immune systems. We continue taking significant precautions, including the use of protective gear, to provide this essential care as safely as possible.
Both of our Hartford senior centers have temporarily closed. Our staff has been providing check-ins and delivering meals to seniors who need them. We will continue to work with our partners to provide nutrition to seniors for the duration of this crisis. We are also finding creative ways to engage our seniors remotely.
We cannot lose sight of the fact that individuals who struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues will continue to encounter these challenges and likely find them exacerbated during a period of extreme stress.
As our clinical offices reopen, we are also able to make arrangements for clinicians to connect with clients via phone or via telehealth. We are actively reaching out to new clients who need assistance managing anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues associated with COVID-19. Please contact our clinics in Ansonia, Hartford, Milford, New Haven, Torrington, or Waterbury today.
Our Community Schools staff members have been incredibly supportive and active in upholding our partnership with Hartford Public Schools by assisting with the distribution of resources for students to engage in Distance Learning, including technology and nutritious meals. Whatever the academic year looks like in 2020-2021, we know our staff members will continue to make a difference.
Catholic Charities exists to serve the most vulnerable members of our society. In a time like this, our clients are even more vulnerable than before the crisis began.
We know times are tough for many. The economic climate is incredibly uncertain. However, if you had been thinking of making a charitable gift to support Catholic Charities, please do so.
Thank you so much for your support. Please reach out to John at email@example.com with any questions.