Monday, March 23, 2020
From the desk of the CEO:
The spread of the coronavirus across our country has created a very stressful environment for all Americans and especially our Seniors and those with underlying health conditions who are at heightened risk. During this difficult time, I want to assure you that YWCA Houston is actively engaged in our nation’s response to the outbreak, monitoring developments closely and are following all recommendations of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
That is why effective today Monday, March 23, 2020 thru April 10, 2020 the YWCA Houston will begin a 14 days shelter in place, meaning staff will work from home. We remain operational, as we are fortunate to have the technological bandwidth and capabilities to serve our clients remotely. While this virus is proving most serious for the elderly of those with existing health conditions, we realize all of us are at risk and want to limit the spread of COVID-19. With that in mind, our HDM (Home Delivered Meals) will remain open until further notice. Once all deliveries are completed HDM will close for the day. We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our Seniors as well as our staff delivering the meals. These are the steps the YWCA Houston has implemented:
- Team members are equipped with face masks and gloves;
- Team members will sanitize hands and change gloves after delivering meals;
- Team members will limit contact with seniors but ensure they are okay;
- Team members will notify management and proper authority for a distressed senior
- Curfew in place for our young adults residing at YWCA Houston
- Increased security presence at YWCA Houston
Please stay safe and up-to date on what is happening in our city. I also encourage all to stay home if possible and only go out when necessary. If anyone starts to show signs of the coronavirus please seek help immediately. To learn more about the virus, how to prevent its spread and latest developments go to the CDC’s website at cdc.gov/coronavirus or the Texas Department of State Health Services’ site at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.
Terri Broussard Davis
Chief Executive Officer