Coronavirus

March 23, 2020

 

Dear Clients:

 

Today the Governor has issued an Executive Order that requires us to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. This will be effective from March 24, 2020 at 12:01 through April 13, 2020 at 11:59pm. We will be closing offices and buildings to the public and only essential personnel will be working. Therefore, we have made the following changes to our programs:

 

Preschool Programming:

 

Starting March 20, 2020 all centers will be closed for children. At this time, we plan to reopen on April 14, 2020 with our normal schedule. We will be posting updates on our website and Facebook if there are any changes.

 

Our staff will be delivering food for families with educational packets for your children to utilize during their time out of centers. In order to limit the potential exposure to your family and our staff, the staff will not be able to enter your home.

 

Commodities (will continue):

 

We will be holding scheduled distributions at the same time and place as our current published schedules. (Except in Jackson – please check Facebook or website for updates on location). We are asking clients to stay in their cars and they will receive a pre-packed box. We are also asking clients to come to the distribution according to the timeslot that corresponds to the alphabet letter of their last name. Please see website for more information.

 

Last Name A-L –       1st half of distribution time

Last Name M-Z –      2nd  half of distribution time

 

Home Delivered Meals – Branch County – (will continue)

 

This service will be dropped off at porches or outside the home, staff will not enter homes, and delivery will change to Monday and Thursday, with a hot lunch on those days and a frozen meal for the rest of the normal delivery days. We will be calling clients to check in.

 

Congregate Dinning – Branch County

 

The Congregate Dining Site at 360 Grand Ave, Coldwater (Coldwater Church of Christ) will be suspended as of March 16, 2020. The seniors who need meals as a part of program will be allowed to receive at home meals, similar to a Home Delivered Meals client. This will only be available to those seniors that had previously been utilizing the Congregate program. Please communicate with Program Coordinator at 517-279-8279.

 

Weatherization/Minor Home Repair/Lead Abatement Programs

 

Based on State guidance all housing work other than emergencies will be suspended until April 14, 2020. Clients will be called prior to staff or contractors entering their home during an emergency housing situation. Staff may not enter a home if anyone is sick or been exposed.

 

 

 

Foster Grandparent Program

 

Foster Grandparent Program will be temporarily suspended from March 16 through April 30. Foster Grandparents will receive a stipend during the suspension.

 

Rental and Utility Assistance and Veteran Programs

 

Clients who are scheduled or need an appointment should call 1-877-422-2726 for instructions on how to submit documentation for the appointment. Because most utilities have stopped shut offs and the Governor has suspended evictions, we will only be completing intakes if the documentation can be submitted electronically and will not schedule paper intake appointments until April 14, 2020 or after.

 

GED Program

 

The program will continue with an online or telephone based program and students should call 269-986-4149 for instructions.

 

Educational Assistance Program – Kalamazoo

 

This program will continue with modifications. Please call 269-373-5066.

 

Transportation

 

This program will be modified for a reduced number of passengers with grocery or medical needs only. Clients who exhibit signs of sickness may not ride. If clients have questions on their ride please call 1-877-422-2726.

 

For updates on Coronavirus please utilize the following websites:

National level, cdc.gov/coronavirus

State level, michigan.gov/coronavirus

The safety of all clients and staff are a priority to us. We will keep you informed on any further actions going forward.

 

Thanks for your consideration and support!

 

Michelle Williamson

 

Michelle Williamson

CEO

 

 

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