UPDATED MARCH 16, 2020
Dear Friends of Xavier Mission,
We are currently experiencing a situation that is unlike anything most of us have ever experienced before. We understand that people are frightened, confused, angry, sad, and uncertain. At Xavier Mission, we will try to keep things as simple as possible so that you can feel confident knowing how we are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
They are many agencies monitoring the situation closely, and we are being consistently updated with new information as it becomes available. We will continue to follow the guidance of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), especially as relates to response measures in ‘congregate settings’, the category under which our programs fall. As you know, we serve especially vulnerable people who don’t always have access to routine medical care, and as such, we want to ensure their safety, and the safety of our staff and volunteers, to the extent that we possibly can, while also providing them with the services they depend on from us.
While we want to be vigilant, we also want to be mindful not to add to public panic or the misinformation and speculation that is ubiquitous on social media and news programs. All of the information on which we will base any decisions comes from the NYC DOHMH and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). These are the only sources that we are trusting for guidance; you may also find them useful in separating fact from fiction.
What follows are the most important points to know about Xavier Mission’s response:
- At this time, we are not closing any of Xavier Mission’s programs.
- We will be scaling back our Welcome Table operations due to the restrictions on gatherings in NYC. We will still provide food to our Welcome Table guests but it will be in the form of to-go lunch bags, starting Sunday, March 15th.
- We will still need volunteers to help us pack lunch bags on Sundays, so if you are willing and able to volunteer, please visit org/volunteer to sign up.
- We ask that anyone who has been sick (with any type of illness) not volunteer at any Xavier Mission program until they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours.
- We have developed a plan of steps that we have taken or are currently taking at Xavier Mission to exercise preventative and responsive measures as the need arises. Please see below for an outline of those plans.
- At this time we have decided to postpone our Roaring 20s Dinner Dance Fundraiser, scheduled for March 21st. We will update the community once we have found an alternative date. If you have already purchased tickets, you can hold them until the alternate date is announced, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a refund.
- Mayor De Blasio has consistently reported in his press conferences that homeless individuals on the street are receiving outreach services and those in shelters are being provided with any care necessary, and there has not yet been an issue with the virus in that community. People should not be concerned that they are more likely to contract the virus by volunteering in our programs or interacting with our guests than in any other normal situation.
If you have any concerns about volunteering or receiving services, please contact Cassandra Agredo, Executive Director, at email@example.com or 212-627-2100, x208.
We thank you for your continued service and the support that you provide to our guests. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Yours in service,
Cassandra L. Agredo, LMSW