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:
Xavier Mission is considered ‘essential services’ under Governor Cuomo’s “PAUSE New York” Plan. We will continue to provide services to the extent possible.
Our Welcome Table operations have been scaled back due to the restrictions on gatherings in NYC. We are still providing food to our guests but it is in the form of ‘to-go’ lunch bags instead of a sit-down meal.
Our Food Pantry has been modified to provide pre-packaged bags of groceries, rather than a customer-choice model.
We will still need volunteers to help us pack lunch bags on Sundays and pantry bags on the second Saturday, so if you are willing and able to volunteer, please visit xaviermission.org/volunteer to sign up.
At this time, our Clothing Room and Shelter are closed. Our LSEP Programs are on hiatus this semester.
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 one week.
We ask that people over the age of 60 and those with underlying health conditions known to be vulnerable to coronavirus not sign up to volunteer. Please stay home and stay safe!
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.
Our Roaring 20s Dinner Dance Fundraiser, originally scheduled for March 21st, has been postponed. 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 email@example.com for a refund.
If you have any concerns about volunteering or receiving services, please contact Cassandra Agredo, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Executive Director
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