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SVdP Complies With Stay Home Order--March 24, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered all Washington residents to stay at home, except for crucial activities like buying groceries, seeking medical care or going to work at essential businesses, and except for outdoor activities like walking, biking and gardening that can be done six feet away from others.
The new order also requires the closure of non-essential businesses and, Inslee said, “is enforceable by law.”
The order takes effect immediately and is in effect through April 6, 2020.
St. Vincent de Paul is complying with the Governor’s order and is taking the following actions to continue to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus:
SVdP Georgetown Food Bank remains open, utilizing social distancing precautions—Tuesday, Thursday Friday. Hours are 11 am to 2 pm. We are clossed Saturdays until further notice.
Our Helpline remains open, using remote access for all center activity.
Centro Rendu will continue to respond to questions via phone and in person on a reduced schedule using social distancing – classes are closed, weekly food distribution events coordinated with the SVdP Foodbank to continue.
Case Management is actively supporting neighbors through phone check-ins and drop off food when essential to families in their caseloads.
Our SVdP Administration Office will remain open with only essential personnel required to answer calls and handle other duties.
Our thrift stores are closed.
We are closing our donation center at Georgetown and all furniture pickups and bed deliveries will cease at the end of the business day March 24, 2020 until further notice.
We will continue to assess the situation and provide updates and additional information as things evolve. As you might imagine, we need volunteers and financial support during this crisis. Please consider making a donation to support and help us during this crisis. Visit svdpseattle.org/give-today/
Guidance From March 19, 2020
Home visits are a primary service performed by hundreds of volunteers all over King County to help prevent evictions. Governor Inslee on Wednesday, 3/18/20, announced a statewide moratorium on evictions of residential tenants for the next 30 days, along with several other measures to help businesses, workers, and residents who are facing the loss of income during the COVID-19 outbreak. “These are unprecedented times. We must do everything we can to support the resiliency of Washington workers and employers,” the governor said.
SVdP has been in Seattle for 100 years. We have been through many emergencies throughout our history. This is another trying time for all of us, but we know that the key to going forward is to continue to work together to keep the health and safety of our employees, neighbors, volunteers, and supporters our top priority.
We are taking every step possible to follow guidance from King County Public Health, the CDC, and the State of Washington. We will continue to evaluate and monitor our work to make certain we are doing everything we can to keep our communities and workplaces safe. We will continue to follow the guidance from King County Public Health, which includes the following items:
- We are encouraging as many employees as possible to telecommute.
- We are cleaning and disinfecting all of our workspaces, counters, desks, and other areas in offices, stores, and the Georgetown Food Bank. We are also following recently enacted social distancing protocols for offices and meetings.
- SVdP has postponed its Annual Vincentian Appreciation Dinner to later this year.
- We are postponing our annual Blue Dress Breakfast fundraising event, currently scheduled for Apr. 29, 2020. We will reschedule this important event later in the year.
- Sick employees have been ordered to stay home.
- SVdP Thrift Stores are temporarily closed until further notice, effective March 19, 2020, to support public health efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19. We will still be accepting donations at our Georgetown Donations Center at 5972 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108.
- Our Centro Rendu Program has a revised office and class schedule (See office and class times here)
- SVdP Georgetown Food Bank will remain open. We are making changes to accommodate dealing with Covid-19. The Food Bank has terminated the distribution of clothing and books and is repackaging food for distribution. The Food Bank is no longer accepting clothing donations. (Read Food Bank Preventive Measures Here).
- SVdP Vincentian volunteers are encouraged to continue to serve neighbors in new and creative ways by, for example, connecting with neighbors via phone and video conference to conduct home visits (full 3-19-20 update forthcoming).
- All SVdP training gatherings will be moved to dates later in the year and may be provided in an online format.
- We are implementing King County Public Health guidance on making calls to neighbors prior to making bed deliveries. (Following King County Public Health Visit Protocols).
- SVdP is studying whether to postpone furniture pick-ups.
- SVdP will cancel all Vincentian Conference Stuff the Truck events through April of this year. This date could also be extended.
- SVdP is postponing clothing drives conducted by businesses, schools, and others.
We will continue to monitor all of our operations and make important modifications and changes to our protocols to keep the health and safety of all of our employees, neighbors, volunteers, and supporters our top priority.