Over the past few weeks, it’s become clear that we are facing an unprecedented challenge. Like you, we are deeply concerned and want to do what we can to help keep our communities and our families safe and healthy. We have spent the last week watching the news, paying close attention to the CDC and Department of Health, and focusing on our clients and their families in order to make responsible decisions.
To do our part in this community-wide effort to stop any possible transmission of COVID-19, we will officially suspend our programs, activities and services that bring people into our campuses and dining sites (including senior centers, exercise classes, lifelong learning, clinics, adult day services, support groups, and caregiving programs) through March 31. We anticipate resumption of services on April 1.
Indirect programs such as home delivered meals, telephone reassurance, friendly visitors and case-managed in-home services will continue. Our dining clients may also receive meals via delivery.
Our Friendship at Home program receives some community support, but not enough to cover expanded needs. We are actively seeking telephone reassurance volunteers for isolated seniors and financial support for our continued programs. If you would like to receive phone calls or become a volunteer, please call 941-556-3208.
What we can do now is be informed and prepared. For more information and updates, please review resources from The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health, and your local health departments. Our staff continues to work diligently and can be reached by contacting the main SFC line for your area, as listed here. We will continue to update our website and social media and send out emails as the situation evolves.
We recognize this is a challenging time for everyone, and we remain deeply committed to the safety and health of those we serve. Please take care of yourselves and each other.