Centers Reopen After Months of Shutdown

Centers Reopen After Months of Shutdown

Connecting Communities | July 2020

Since the rise of COVID-19, MSV has gone to great lengths to maintain the safety of all staff and clients. In March, the centers were closed and most of the regularly provided services were put on hold. While the staff adapted to these new realities, clients have showed great patience as they waited for programs and services to resume as normal. Chicago has now entered Phase 4 of the Reopening Plan and as of Monday, June 29, the centers officially reopened with reduced capacity.

MSV Reopening Task Force, formed in April, worked to develop new policies and procedures for staff and clients. Everyone entering the buildings will have their temperature taken and complete a health screening survey. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit may not enter. New signage posted around all centers will aid traffic flow and mark space for social distancing. Hand sanitizer stations were installed throughout the buildings to help reduce the spread of germs.

Program-Specific Information

Youth Services:

  • MSV school age full-day summer programming began Monday June 29.
  • Classroom sizes have been reduced by 50% in order to maintain proper social distancing measures in all spaces.
  • Hope Junior’s summer program reopens on July 6.
  • Children in Hope Junior will be coming to the centers on alternating days each week and the remaining students in the program will continue to be engaged remotely through virtual learning initiatives.
  • After School Matters and Chicagobility will meet remotely for the remainder of the summer.
  • Project Hope will continue to work with participants remotely through July and will revisit possible in-person appointments and groups in August.

Community Outreach Services:

  • The food pantries have remained open through the pandemic as an essential service.
  • Remote applications for the Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) utility assistance program reopened virtually at Marillac Social Center on June 29. Please call 773-584-3244 to set up an appointment.
  • Senior Services has remained in contact with clients remotely and will continue to do so. All in-person senior programs will remain on hold until further notice.
  • The Foglia Center computer lab is now open for youth programming during the week. The lab will also begin accommodating guests for open lab with limited capacity this month. Hours of operation will be announced shortly.
  • One-to-one case management has been maintained remotely throughout the shutdown and will continue remotely until further notice

Nearly New:

  • Nearly New, our thrift store located out of the St. Vincent de Paul Center will reopen Tuesday, June 30.
  • The shop is accepting donations at this time, but only through the store entrance on Webster, not from dock entrance at the driveway behind the building.
  • Shoppers must wear a mask at all times and follow social distance markers inside the store.

For more information about policies and procedures associated with reopening, click or tap the button below to view the instructional video:

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  • Foglia Family & Youth Center
    2859 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612
  • Marillac Social Center
    212 S. Francisco Ave. Chicago, IL 60612
  • St. Vincent de Paul Center
    2145 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614