COVID-19 Message from Our Executive Director
The health and safety of our residents and staff is a top priority in the face of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Southside Center of Hope is working closely with City agencies to ensure the best practices possible, and to monitor the safety and health of our residents and staff. Our program is open and operational at this time and we are committed to reducing risk while continuing to meet the needs of the families we serve.
Here are some of the changes we have implemented:
· Entry into our building requires staff and residents to have their temperature taken
· Social distancing is being strictly enforced
· Staff and residents are provided with gloves and masks
· Daily maintenance has been increased to include periodic sanitizing
As a direct service provider, our staff does not have the luxury of working remotely because our residents rely on us. We continue to provide critical services including housing, addiction counseling and case management in this unfamiliar environment
While supporting our residents in this unfamiliar environment, we are seeing new and emerging needs. Residents enrolled in school are taking online classes. Residents who are employed are being asked to work remotely. The staff has worked diligently to provide the necessary accommodations. There are, and will continue to be, significant hardships for the vulnerable women and children we serve. We will continue to provide updates on the needs of our residents and the agency as they developed.
For the safety of our residents and staff, Southside Center of Hope is not accepting drop off donations, while Chicago’s shelter in place order is in effect. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
If you would like to support women who are homeless and in recovery during this difficult time, you may do so in any of the following ways:
Donate needed In-Kind items from our COVID-19 Amazon Wishlist
Donate funds to our COVID-19 Campaign
We are grateful to our supporters; your contributions have equipped us to deal with the impact of this crisis.
Stay safe and well,