Changes in the face of an epidemic
The Covid-19 outbreak has created new needs for our residents living in Slavic Village, Cleveland. We have shifted our focus from our typical-operating programs to specifically address these needs in the best way we can. Our Adult Wellness program has shut down on-site programming for seniors, but has developed from a congregate program model, to limited interaction between staff and the clients. We are now delivering food, groceries, hygiene items, activities, and other necessities to our seniors, as well as make daily phone calls to increase socialization. Our Hunger Center food pantry is continuing to operate with minor restrictions on client contact. In addition, the weekly evening meal has changed so that we are still able to provide meals, but in to go containers for families and individuals. Our SmartY’S (Smart, Young, Significant) Youth Program is still keeping up curriculum and providing support with reading, math, and social development through the use of video conferences and social media. Family programs have also moved parenting classes to online or by phone.