Our response to COVID-19
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Calgary John Howard Society (CJHS) is committed to the health and safety of our clients, volunteers and staff, while continuing to prevent crime and make Calgary communities safer. We are monitoring the situation and continuing to respond in compliance with advice from Alberta Health Services and City officials.
Impact on CJHS clients and residents
Most of the youth and adults we work with have experienced childhood trauma which has led to negative health outcomes in their lives like mental and physical health challenges and addiction. Combined with poverty and/or homelessness, with limited access to medical care and proper nutrition and sleeping habits, the risk for them is much greater if they contract COVID-19.
In order to minimize the risk to clients, volunteers and staff, while also continuing our crime prevention work, CJHS has enacted a COVID-19 Emergency Response Team and implemented the following changes:
- As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, our office is closed to the public until further notice.
- Clients can still receive support via email at [email protected] or by phone at 403-266-4566 during normal office hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).
- Caseworkers will continue to provide support to clients via phone, email and/or other channels as discussed with clients.
- Clients who have their mail delivered to the CJHS office may call 403-266-4566 to schedule a time on Fridays between 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. to pick up critical mail such as GST cheques and tax returns.
- All group programming has been cancelled for the time being, including LEEP (Learning Enhanced Employment Program), Digital Literacy drop-in sessions, FASD Action Hall and the Indigenous Youth Mentorship program.
- Increased sanitation and hygiene protocols at all locations, while limiting visitors.
- Educating staff and clients on Alberta Health Services recommendations regarding COVID-19.
What you can do
CJHS is extremely grateful for our staff and volunteers who continue to help make our communities safer. If you can, please consider making a donation so that we can continue to provide essential services to our clients.
Your donation will support:
- Hygiene items and cleaning supplies
- Ensuring adequate staffing for our residences (as social distancing and self-isolation is mandated), which includes our two youth residences and our two adult residences
CJHS recognizes that this is a time of uncertainty and we are not the only ones facing economic challenges at this difficult time. We are so appreciative for your support in whatever way you can manage while we face these challenges. Together, we will get through this!