Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens’ clients and staff are of utmost priority and, during this difficult time, we remain committed to serving the most vulnerable among us, especially seniors and those who are chronically ill.
As Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens works to manage public health demands brought on by this outbreak and reduce the chances of exposure in our workplace and residences, we must keep in mind how vulnerable and marginalized communities are affected. We have established an emergency team that daily convenes to share updates and coordinate the agency’s responses to the ongoing needs of those we serve.
Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and affiliate agencies are operating in an emergency status. All but essential personnel have been encouraged to work from home.
The following is an update on our programs and services:
- To date, the SS. Joachim and Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been spared any incidents of the virus. The nursing home is closed to visitors and all staff members are checked as they enter the facility for their shifts.
- All Catholic Charities Early Childhood Development Centers are closed. Children are receiving daily remote learning from their teachers and parents are receiving daily family engagement activities from social service staff. In addition, staff members are contacting families each day via telephone or other electronic/mobile apps to follow up on the health status of each child and family, connecting them as needed to other resources such as health, mental health, food and other services.
- All Catholic Charities afterschool programs are closed.
- Catholic Charities Mental Health Clinics and Services are continuing to operate, both on-site and through teledoc technology, which enables us to provide counseling over the phone as needed.
- All Catholic Charities Senior Centers are closed. On March 30, the NYC Department for the Aging began a mass meal-delivery system for seniors to enable them to stay safely at home. The last day of grab-and-go meals at our Senior Centers was Friday, March 27. Catholic Charities staff will continue making daily check-in calls to our seniors.
- All seniors who receive meals through the Catholic Charities Home Delivered Meals Program are continuing to be provided meals at their regularly scheduled times.
- All Catholic Charities HOMEBASE Homelessness Prevention Programs are providing services, intake and renewals by phone ONLY. All pending and active evictions are currently suspended in New York State.
- The main office, 191 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY, will be closed on the following dates in April:
- Friday, April 3, 2020
- Thursday, April 9, 2020
- Friday, April 10, 2020
- Monday, April 13, 2020
- Friday, April 17, 2020
- The building hours are still in effect for the days we are open:
FL 3 – 14 (7 a.m. – 4 p.m.); FL 1 and 2 (7 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
- For seniors living in one of our 21 affordable senior residences, Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Management staff are regularly checking on the residents’ well being. They are limiting outside visitors from coming to the residences and discouraging any gathering of seniors in the public spaces of the buildings.
The emergency team consults multiple times each day, even on weekends, regarding operations of the Agency and the safety of our staff and clients. As information becomes available, we will continue communicating with you as quickly as possible.
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