COVID-19 Senior Service Program Updates
April 28, 2020
While businesses in Georgia and other states are slowly starting to reopen, local programs serving older adults such as Meals on Wheels and the Senior Life Center will continue to operate at a reduced service level for several more weeks. So far, our strategy of distributing meals every two weeks, making daily wellness phone calls and referring other client needs to the Free Chapel COVID-19 Response Team have worked well. The health status of most of our clients remains steady and to our knowledge, none of them have been exposed to the virus, and for that, we are extremely grateful. Given the fragile medical condition of many of our clients, the fact that Georgia has not seen the virus at its peak, and some of our volunteers are still not available to return to regular service, we believe our operating model will remain the same through May and quite possibly June. If in the coming weeks we receive data or information to the contrary, we will change course and notify you as soon as possible. In the meantime, we are scheduled to distribute 6,000 meals on May 1st, 15th and 29th. We thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to the Senior Life Center and Meals on Wheels programs. Be well.
May 2, 2020
Dear Meals on Wheels and Senior Life Center Volunteers-
Recently, Governor Kemp issued an order asking residents to stay home as a means of reducing the spread of COVID-19. In light of this announcement, the Meals on Wheels and Senior Life Center will now remain closed through April 17th. It is our hope that we can resume our regular services sometime in April, but this can change giving the evolving nature of the pandemic. To ensure that the needs of our senior clients are tended to during this period, the CSC staff and volunteers, including those from Free Chapel’s COVID19 Urgent Response Team, will deliver 4,000+ frozen meals and shelf stables to some 600 Meals on Wheels and Senior Life Center clients on Friday.
I hope it brings you comfort to know that the CSC Senior Services staff calls each of our clients daily to check on their status and inquire about any urgent needs. Most clients are fine, but a few have had needs for more food, toiletries, etc. We have sent about 2 dozen requests for assistance to Free Chapel and they have been very effective in meeting each and every need. About two dozen of our MOW and SLC volunteers have joined Free Chapels team during this pandemic. The volunteers are paying for the requested goods and supplies themselves if the client does not have the financial means. Needless to say, this is huge contribution to our senior community!!!!
March 19, 2020
Meals on Wheels and the Senior Life Center Volunteers-
The Gainesville-Hall County Community Service Center will suspend Meals on Wheels, Senior Life Center and Gemalto Cogent Fingerprinting until April 3, 2020. As of today, all clients have access to at least 10 days of emergency shelf stables. Additionally, our staff will be making Wellness Calls to clients 2 to 3 times each weekday. We are also partnering with other agencies in Gainesville-Hall County to develop an errand program to help our clients and others in the community who are unable to get to the grocery store or pharmacy for supplies. We will share additional information as it becomes available. We cannot thank you enough for your support and other contributions. At this time, we encourage you to adhere to CDC guidelines and take care of your wellbeing. Staff will be working from home and checking emails daily. Please reach out to us should you have a pressing matter. Until we speak again, be well.