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Mar 2020

Resources : Status of NHC Member Service Agencies during COVID-19

Status of Nanaimo Homeless Coalition Member Service Agencies during COVID-19 as of March 25, 2020

UNITED WAY CENTRAL & NORTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND – Nicole Benson Communications Director

NANAIMO AND AREA RESOURCE SERVICES FOR FAMILIES – Gord Cote, Director

Throughout NARSF Facilities

Child/Family and Adult Programs (EDP, DVRP, LIFT, SAIP)

Outreach Programs (MHO, YSP)

Transitions (Youth withdrawal and supportive residential)

Harris House and Mobile Health Outreach, CVIHRS

Linked to Treatment

NANAIMO AFFORDABLE HOUSING SOCIETY – Andrea Blakeman, CEO

All staff that can work from home are doing so. Those staff that are working in any public sphere are doing so whilst keeping in mind social distance, and in larger spaces where they are working and ensuring appropriate use of cleaners, gloves etc. Everyone is available by phone, email or text to stay in communication with each other.

HAVEN SOCIETY – Dawn Clark, Program Director

Haven society  is instituting the following measures:

PACIFICA – Maggie Hertzberg, Manager of Supportive Housing

NANAIMO HOSPICE – Paul Sibley, ED

The steps we have taken at Nanaimo Hospice are as follows:

SCHOOL DISTRICT 68 – Bernadette French, Community Schools Coordinator

UNITARIAN SHELTER – Lois Peterson, ED

NANAIMO FAMILY LIFE – Deborah Hollins, ED

Nanaimo Family Life supports social distancing. Our immediate protocol is:

SEIA – Chantale Roelens, ED

NANAIMO BRAIN INJURY SOCIETY – Kix Citton, ED

Suspended until further notice:

7-10 CLUB – Gord Fuller, Society Chair

THE MEN’S CENTER – Theo Boere, Community Education Coordinator

With an overabundance of caution, and in concern for our clients, staff, and volunteers, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close the Men’s Centre to the general public as of Tuesday, March 17.  We hope you will understand and support our decision. It is not one we have taken lightly, as we know our clients depend on our services; however, we want to err on the side of caution to do our part to help keep the community safe for everyone. We are thinking of the bigger picture in terms of flattening the curve so that our health care systems don’t get overwhelmed by a wave which we expect will inevitably strike very soon. We are fortunate in being able to see how this corona tidal wave has hit other countries and can take preventative measures.

NANAIMO YOUTH SERVICES ASSOCIATION – Keith Wilson, ED

Nanaimo Youth Services Association has implemented the following protocols effective today:

NYSA Central and NYSA Comox Valley offices:

BladeRunner classes:

Employment Keep It:

NYSA Youth Housing:

Supportive Living Program:

SALVATION ARMY – Major Yvonne Borrows

This situation is very fluid so changes happen very quickly. At present we are doing our best stay open and available for assistance to our most venerable populations.

JOHN HOWARD SOCIETY – John McCormick, ED

The Housing Team at the Nanaimo Region John Howard Society have identified and are implementing the following:

VANCOUVER ISLAND MENTAL HEALTH SOCIETY – Taryn O’Flanagan, ED

VANCOUVER ISLAND HEALTH AUTHORITY – Karly Fennell, Clinic Coordinator

As others have mentioned, decisions are changing rapidly so all I can say is where we are at in the moment:

Nanaimo Mental Health and Substance Use teams continue on status quo with some alterations to how we provide care. Those include:

CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION Mid-Island Branch – Jason Harrison, ED

Due to the serious and growing concern of COVID-19, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Mid-Island Branch is modifying many of its programs and services to help mitigate any potential spread of infection in our community. First and foremost, our goal is to protect the health of staff and participants while still supporting social connections.

It’s essential to remain a strong community and rethink how we can offer support to ensure the health and well-being of our participants, staff, volunteers and supporters. Everything we stand for is about connecting people to the community. The circumstances we are facing will not stop us from doing that, but it will change the way we do things for now. Based on the latest information received from the BC Ministry of Health and Government of Canada, CMHA Mid-Island is taking the following steps to continue its most critical programs, effective immediately until further notice:

As of March 18, 2020

Social Centre:

Peppermill (Courtenay)

Employment Support

Housing

Overdose Prevention

Homelessness Outreach

We intend to operate Housing, Overdose Prevention and Homelessness Outreach throughout. We will communicate any modifications or changes as the scenario progresses.

We are also asking for everyone who can to reach out and connect with a few people they know but haven’t spoken with, particularly those who live alone, or have health conditions. There is no risk in phone calls, emails or texts… and we need to keep our community connected.

ISLAND CRISIS CARE – Violet Hayes, ED

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF B.C. – North and Central Vancouver Island

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is continually monitoring the situation in order to plan our response. 

We will also be offering webinars and providing information about dementia through our webinars (www.alzheimerbc.org)

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