A Message from Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Regarding the COVID-19 Virus
Updated June 29, 2020
Since the rise of COVID-19, MSV has gone to great lengths to maintain the safety of all staff and clients. In March we made the decision to close both centers and put many of our regularly provided services on hold. Our staff adapted to these new realities and our many clients have shown great patience as they await our programs and services to resume as normal. Chicago has now entered Phase 4 of the Reopening Plan and as of, June 29, our centers are officially open with reduced capacity.
In April, MSV formed the Reopening Task Force, which has worked tirelessly to develop new policies and procedures for staff and clients including:
- Everyone entering the buildings will have their temperature taken and will be taken through a health screening survey.
- Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be allowed into the building.
- Signage has been posted around all centers to aid traffic flow and mark space for social distancing.
- Hand sanitizer stations are available, and we ask that anyone in the building wash or sanitize their hands after eating, sneezing, or coughing.
- MSV school age full-day summer programming began, Monday June 29.
- The classroom sizes have been reduced by 50% in order to maintain proper social distancing measures in all spaces.
- Hope Junior’s summer program is reopening 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 meeet 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 stayed open through the pandemic as an essential service, however, with other programs opening back up, adjustments will be made to building use.
- 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 continues to support local seniors remotely.
- 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.
- 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:
COVID-19 Relief Fund
As part of our response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, MSV identified families and individuals who are most affected due to loss of income. We are asking supporters to make a gift which will allow us to provide stipends for food and other necessities to be delivered on an ongoing basis. Each gift is matched dollar-for-dollar with 100% going directly to families in need.
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URGENT // Food Pantry Volunteers Needed
We have an urgent need for volunteers aged 16-65 to pack food as part of our COVID-19 response. Food assistance in our communities is an essential service during the Illinois Stay at Home order. Click below to learn more and to sign up: