PARTNER AGENCY UPDATES
AARP Tax-Aide Program is suspended until further notice. This includes the tax program in Winchester, held at Jim Barnett Park. Individuals needing to file basic tax returns can utilize My Free Taxes, a partnership between H&R Block and United Way - https://www.myfreetaxes.com/
- AbbaCare remains open Monday through Thursday (10:00 am to 5:00 pm) in our Winchester office to provide free Pregnancy Testing, Ultrasounds, and Pregnancy Options education. We are also available to provide limited assistance with essential baby items such as diapers, wipes, and formula. Please visit our website for more information www.abbacare.org, or call 540-665-9660
Adult Care Center
- Adult Care Center will be closed until April 27th. (updated 3/25/2020)
- After careful consideration, ARE will close the office on March 16 and remain closed until Monday March 30, 2020 to ensure the health and safety of our clients and staff. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 540-536-5291. Resources will be made available to community members in the following ways:
- HOUSING: Anyone seeking housing services through Centralized Housing Intake will be asked to call 540-271-1701. Limited hours will be offered on Thursdays from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm for anyone who does not have phone access.
- HIV and HEP-C TESTING: Anyone seeking free HIV and Hepatitis C testing, please call 540-536-5291 for more information. We will be offering limited testing hours on Thursdays from 10am – 12pm & 1pm-3pm.
- CASE MANAGEMENT: Please call 540-536-5291 to speak with a case manager if you have questions, concerns, or have immediate needs.
- Staff at ARE are continuing to take every precaution necessary to get ahead of the curve, including increasing sanitary measures and environmental cleaning, providing hand sanitizer and medical masks at the front desk and practicing social distancing by suspending all travel. Our goal is to ensure a safe and healthy environment for clients seeking services and guests visiting our center.
- Staff are working hard to ensure that the community's needs are being met during this time period. If you have any questions, please call 540-536-5291. Thanks for your patience and understanding. (Updated 3/30/2020, 12:01PM)
Blue Ridge Legal Services:
- In response to the coronavirus pandemic, BRLS is implementing preventative measures to protect the health of our clients, visitors, and staff. As of March 16th, all BRLS offices will be inaccessible to the general public. While we will continue to staff our offices, we are locking our doors for the health and safety of our employees. No walk-ins will be allowed. Instead, we encourage people applying for our services to do so by telephone or online rather than coming to our office.
- To apply by phone: 1-866-534-5243 (toll-free)
- To apply online: www.brls.org
- We will continue to accept deliveries, and we will continue to meet with persons for whom we have scheduled appointments.
- BRLS will continue to monitor the situation and update our response as circumstances dictate. (updated 9:18AM, 3/16/2020)
- Updated rights of the tenant flyer (3/28/2020)
Fremont Street Nursery:
- The Board and staff of the Fremont Street Nursery are continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it evolves, with the health and safety of our staff, children and their families being our number one priority. We feel strongly that it is important to do all we can to fulfill our mission without exposing anyone to unnecessary risk. Following Governor Northam's Tuesday morning press conference strongly recommending limiting groups to 10 people or fewer, the Board has made the difficult decision to close Fremont Street Nursery for the safety and wellbeing of all. We are working hard to keep the Nursery open through Friday, March 20, 2020, to allow families to find alternative childcare, but the situation is changing rapidly and we may be forced to close sooner if necessary. Please know that we did not come to this decision lightly, and are well aware of the hardships this may cause, but we ultimately felt that keeping the Nursery open posed an unacceptably high risk to our Nursery community, one that we were not willing to take.
- We will communicate any changes to the opening status of the Nursery as soon as possible, but for now, the below remains in effect until further notice:
- The Nursery will remain open with our current hours through Friday 3/20
- Drop off and pick up will continue without changes for our students
- The Nursery will only be open to students and staff to limit the risk of exposure
- Visits from outside visitors and groups are currently suspended to allow us limit those in our environment
- This is an ever changing situation and we may be forced to close before Friday if necessary
- If there are any questions please reach out to Freda Roberson, Executive Director. (Updated 3/19/2020, 2:51PM)
- From Froggy's Closet on Tuesday, March 17: Froggy's Closet does have a small supply or diapers and baby wipes. We can give those out with a referral to foster families, families at risk and families in need. Next Wednesday from 10 - 12 we will be open. If we have a referral, the person picking up the diapers will have to call Froggy's Closet to let us know they are ready for pick up and we will put them outside. Our number is 540/773-4192. We will then put the diapers and wipes outside for pick up.There is a loading zone in front of Froggy's Closet. Please pull to the front of that zone, put your flashers on and pick up. We do not have all of our Spring/Summer clothing out yet, and since the weather is not warm, we are not giving out clothing. Currently, we are out of car seats. (Updated March 19th, 2020, 4:02PM)
Highland Food Pantry:
- Out of concern for our volunteers and the clients we serve, the pantry will be open normal hours on Tuesday March 17 (9-11:30am and 6-7:30pm).
- Please note the following changes:All food will be pre boxed and given out upstairs
- The downstairs be closed and no refreshments will be served. (Updated 3/19/2020, 2:51PM)
- We have convened a task force representing all major functional areas of our organization to monitor this situation and provide updates and more detailed instructions as needed. At a high level we are taking every available action to limit the possibility of exposure and transmission while maintaining core services and operations. Specifically:
- Horizon Goodwill Industries will cease providing face to face services at close of business Wednesday March 18, 2020
- Paid Work Training, Senior Employment, and Community Service Programs will suspend at close of business Wednesday March 18, 2020
- Staff will continue to be available via phone:
- Winchester All Inquiries - Tara Broschart (717) 496-3677
- Thank you for your understanding, if you have any specific questions or concerns please reach out to me directly email@example.com or (301) 988-0185. (Updated 3/19/2020, 2:51PM)
- Closed March 16-27.
- Currently, we could really use ready-to-make meals, hearty soups and juice. Drop off times are 2pm-5pm Tuesday and Wednesday. The Kids Club is located at 2400 Roosevelt Boulevard, Winchester. You can pull up right in front and we will help you unload.
- Closed until March 30 - https://lvwa.org/closed-for-public-health-reasons/
- AS OF MARCH 13, 2020: We will be suspending day-program services March 16th through March 27, 2020. Individual supported employment will not be impacted. For individuals involved in individual supported employment, please have them contact their direct supervisor at their place of employment should they not be able to work. In addition, we will not be allowing visitors unless they have an appointment. https://nwworks.com/covid-19/
Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging
- Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging - SAAA staff continues to deliver meals to the Meals on Wheels homebound clients and to those who normally eat meals at the senior centers. You can help by donating: cans of tuna fish, low-sodium soups and small jars of peanut butter, rolls of toilet paper or paper towels, bottles of soap or disinfectant wipes or spray You may get additional donations for these items by contacting churches, schools and other businesses that are temporarily closed. Call SAAA at 540-635-7141 to make arrangements for food and supplies to be picked up or to deliver to the office. Your efforts to help SAAA help our most needy seniors are greatly appreciated. Checks or online credit card donations are always useful – www.shenandoahaaa.com or mail to: SAAA, 207 Mosby Lane, Front Royal, VA 22630.
Staff: Our Staff here are still serving meals to the residents, and they are allowed to stay here in the daytime (those without jobs), and all our beds are full. We are serving meals mostly to residents, and we will give out a food box if requested.
Schedules: At the Shelter, and at the Family Store, we are wiping counters and tables once an hour with bleach, alcohol or a disinfectant, Our Store is reduced to 3 staff and the hours are 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. About half our staff are out on personal days or sick leave (to be away from the public). At our shelter we are open with a staff 24/7 to speak with anyone walking in.
Mass Feeding: I will meet with Anthony’s Pizza tomorrow because several restaurants want to give us prepared food to pass out in the poorer areas around the city. This we can do from our feeding Canteen Truck. We will let you know more about this as we carry it out.
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum:
- Out of an abundance of caution and concern for our community the Discovery Museum has decided to follow the lead of Winchester Public Schools and will at 5 pm on Friday, March 13 and will remain closed through April 13. As things continue to evolve we will continue to update you. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time. (updated 3:08PM, 3/19/2020)
- WATTS extends service by one week https://www.winchesterstar.com/coronavirus/watts-extends-its-season-by-one-week/article_7d7eb6da-0eae-50d6-9398-2c01f6cf8cb0.html
- The daycare center has temporary childcare openings for children ages 2-5. Call Sue at 540-662-2629 for more information. http://winchesterdaypreschool.org/
LINKS TO OTHER COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank: https://www.brafb.org/covid-19/
Lord Fairfax Community College: https://lfcc.edu/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-prevention-response/
Shenandoah University: https://www.su.edu/blog/category/health/coronavirus/
Advanced Home Care: https://advhomehealth.com/covid19/
Green Bay Packaging: https://gbp.com/visitor-questionnaire
Top of Virginia Regional Chamber: https://www.regionalchamber.biz/CMSPages/GetPage?pageTitle=Coronavirus%20(COVID-19)&pageName=coronavirus-covid-19&menuId=498&navigationId=157375&parentNavigationId=29218#
Virginia Cooperative Extension: Virginia Cooperative Extension has a host of fact sheets and resources at: https://ext.vt.edu/covid-19updates/resources.html. There are factsheets on preventative measures, as well as guidelines for a variety of businesses and situations, including foodservice, grocery stores, farmer’s markets, food banks, and U-pick farms, with more being added regularly. There are also learning activities for kids, resources for parents, and information on food and exercise, including free home exercise videos for those whose usual activities are not available. We hope these resources are helpful!
Winchester Brew Works: https://www.facebook.com/winchesterbrewworks/photos/a.1540973312834042/…
- For nonprofits who need to spread the word about an event cancellation, you can reach out to The Star for a free advertisement in the paper announcing it. (updated 5:01PM, 3/12/2020)
- Free access to Coronoa related stories - https://www.winchesterstar.com/coronavirus/
Yount, Hyde & Barbour: https://www.yhbcpa.com/news-and-press-releases/coronavirus-update-for-yhb-offices/