WRC is presently serving 25 mothers and 53 children/teens in our residential program. In order to accurately and effectively care for the clients we currently have in our shelter we are including them in the two week self isolation requirements issued by the Government; therefore presently we are not taking any new clients into the shelter. After the two week isolation plan we will reevaluate as an agency to see if it is safe to begin to accept new clients. That will depend on three factors:
- If any of our current clients have confirmed cases of COVID-19 or are symptomatic but not diagnosed.
- If any of our staff members are confirmed to have COVID-19 or are symptomatic but not diagnosed.
- If the US cases have increased dramatically enough that the likelihood of accepting clients into our shelter (as our shelter is a communal living facility) would put our current clients and staff members at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, therefore could result in shutting down our residential program almost entirely.
The reason for these steps is to ensure WRC is not initiating an outbreak as at present we do not know if our staff or clients have COVID-19. With our shelter layout there is no way WRC can ensure the safety of clients or staff contracting COVID-19 when accepting new clients; so for the safety of our current clients, staff, and the ability to continue to run our residential program we need to adhere to the current self isolating requirements issued by the Government.
In light of recent developments and concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, WRC is taking several additional precautionary measures to reduce risk to WRC clients, staff, and community members of contracting and spreading disease. Taking into account recommendations of national and local public health institutions, WRC has decided to serve clients via our 24/7 hotline and telecommunication methods effective immediately. Although the doors of our main office location at 1963 Apple Street, Oceanside CA will remain locked, staff will be available at this location to take calls via our hotline (760-757-3500), answer questions, provide crisis services, and provide resources like food, toiletries and diapers as they are needed and available to our clients. We just ask all client’s call our hotline enabling our case managers to plan for food pick ups in a safe and organized manner. In addition, the WRC Thrift Shop will be closed to sales and is suspending the acceptance of item donations until further notice.
Since our establishment in 1974, WRC has stood solidly committed to serving the needs of survivors and our community to promote safety, success, and futures from violence. Throughout this crisis, we remain resolute in our mission to “Revive Courage and Rebuild Lives” by operating services and support as best we can in good conscience.
We will provide updates as they come throughout the following weeks. Please feel welcome to contact us at any time with questions by calling 760-757-3500. We thank you for your continued support and understanding as we work to do our part in mitigating the impact of this outbreak. If you would like to know how you can assist us so we are able to continue to serve our clients during this difficult time please contact Lj Stephenson our Development Director at email@example.com.
UPDATES ON PROGRAM SERVICES AND EVENTS
As of now our volunteer training being held in June is still scheduled as planned. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak WRC’S commitment to the health and safety of our clients, staff, volunteers and the community as a whole is our top priority. Although our office doors are closed you are still able to apply as a WRC volunteer online with our volunteer application https://www.wrcsd.org/volunteer-application. Our volunteer Coordinator, Laura Horst will then reply to you via email or phone to continue the application process.
For resources and support during the COVID-19 outbreak 211 is available 24 hours.