Updated Statement Regarding COVID-19

April 22, 2020

SBNH Participants and Families,

I hope you are all staying safe + healthy!  We miss all of our seniors, families and kids and hope you are doing well ~

My last communication with you stated that we intended to re-open on May 4th and we learned today that June 29th is our new date.  We look forward to opening our programs again but are required to follow State guidelines around safe re-opening.  We will begin working on summer plans and look forward to seeing you all then!

In the meantime, South Boston Neighborhood House (SBNH) continues to respond to this rapidly changing landscape – working to bridge the gap and provide essential food and supplies to our community along with resources and supports that are addressing on-going and growing needs.  Our team is very busy adapting our outreach and services to support our families and seniors in new and creative ways – including zoom calls with participants, facebook live ‘classes’ and virtual learning.  Teachers have put together learning kits, staff organized a Bunny Hunt around the neighborhood and programs have had zoom calls with participants.  We have had Virtual Yoga classes, show and tell, story time — and there is more to come so stay tuned.

Our “Ollie Calls” initiative continues –  many of you have probably received calls from some of our staff and we will continue to reach out throughout this time.  If you would like more frequent check-ins, please let me know.

This Friday will be our 5th week of delivering’Friday Night Grab & Go’ boxes of food and supplies to seniors + families to bridge the weekend gap when City food distribution sites at BPS Schools are closed and Meals on Wheels are not being delivered to seniors.  If you have not received these groceries but would like to be put on our delivery list – please let me know and we can add you for this Friday.

For 4 weeks we have been receiving daily (M-F) lunches and frozen dinners for seniors from Ethos, our regular provider, which we organize and deliver to more than 225 seniors each day.

Staff continue to participate in online Professional Development – every week there are new classes and workshops that are being offered for direct care staff.  We are also scheduling weekly full-staff zoom meetings to check-in and stay connected.

I believe that reason and kindness will help us as we navigate this unique and challenging situation together.  As we move forward in hope, I am grateful to our staff who have been committed to maintaining creative programming and responding to the needs of our participants and our community.

As we continue to make informed decisions, remain calm and stay informed of the facts – we ask that you remember to practice physical distancing, wear a mask if you must go out, continue to practice basic health and hygiene routines and support one another as best you can.

AND…please reach out if there is anything we can do to support you and your family during this time.

Stay safe and well,

Kathy