As a human services organization, we are considered an essential business and will continue to operate and serve our veterans. That being said, we as an organization are taking precautions to ensure the health and safety of those we serve as well as our staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting this week until Friday, May 1st, our operating hours are not changing but we are working with our staff to make sure each employee will work as remote as possible with social distancing encouraged for those who must come in. We are adapting as the situation adapts and our highest priority is the safety of our staff and the veterans we serve. We will continue to strive to meet the needs of our veterans.
The precautions we put in place previously still stand with minor adjustments until at least May 1st.
Those precautions include:
a) The Hospitality Room will be closed through April 30.
b) Food pantry operations will be modified through April 30.
Veterans WILL be able to receive pre-packed food bags, which will be distributed outside the main entrance (on the loading dock) to minimize exposure risks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Policies regarding emergency food will be relaxed and we will serve veterans as often as needed.
c) Clothing pantry operations will be modified through April 30.
Only emergency clothing will be distributed on request and delivered outside the main entrance (on the loading dock) to minimize exposure risks.
d) Volunteer activities (both groups and individuals) are suspended through April 30.
e) Food donations will always be accepted but drop-offs will be restricted to outside the main entrance (on the loading dock) using bins and boxes.
f) Clothing donations will be suspended through April 30 except for new packaged items (underwear, socks, t-shirts).
g) We will be cleaning and disinfecting our lobby areas including all surfaces, door handles, light switches and chairs three times daily.
We will continue to monitor the entire situation and adapt our policies and protocols to align with any legal requirements and mandates that may surface.
How can you help?
To help us prevent exposure to the virus, make sure to wash your hands, don’t touch your face and if you are sick, please stay home.
For more details on the symptoms of the COVID-19 please refer to the CDC at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html