To Our Community:
Two weeks have passed since we decided to suspend in-person services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our team of staff and volunteers have been working hard to continue our social wellness programs, which were deemed by the Province on March 26 to be
essential. The Province defines
essential services as "the services British Columbians rely on in their daily lives [that are] essential to preserving life, health, public safety, and basic societal functioning." In addition, the recommendation by the Province and the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) is that essential services "should and are encouraged to remain open [and] must follow the orders and guidance provided by the PHO to ensure safe operations and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19."
We take this very seriously. With this designation, we feel more confident and supported to continue to do everything we can to support the most vulnerable people in our communities.
You have helped us do that.
Some of you have reached out with offers to volunteer. Others have donated money, food and other items that our clients need. Your caring and compassion during this difficult time encourages all of us. I have been asked by various people what is the best way to support us right now, and I would encourage you to make a direct donation to our programs which are continuing to provide service. This way, we will be able to respond quickly to the greatest needs as they arise. The easiest way to donate is online:
As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 virus, we have followed the expert advice from our PHO and local health authorities, and our programs have implemented further measures to prevent possible spread. We are regularly reviewing the modifications we have made to ensure we are fulfilling our mission while maintaining the health, safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, clients and community.
For the foreseeable future, we will continue to operate our programs with modified service delivery, and will let community know - through our website and social media - as and if things change.
Our executive team continues to meet daily to evaluate the evolving situation and coordinate how we can best support our community. Now more than ever, we need each other. Despite social distancing, we need to keep promoting social wellness.
Take care and stay well.
Chief Executive Officer