I wanted to personally reach out to share what the Poverello Center is doing in response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The health and safety of our guests, employees, and volunteers is of utmost importance to us. Please be assured we are closely monitoring developments and implementing several safety precautions within our agency. In addition, we are working closely with the Missoula County Health Department to identify any additional next steps as new information becomes available.
We are especially concerned about the health of those we serve in our programs as they are often extremely vulnerable with complex medical histories. As a result, we have been encouraging the following precautions for all guests, staff, and volunteers:
- Wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water
- Avoid touching your face
- Practice cough etiquette
- Practice social distancing
- If you are sick, seek medical care early and stay home if possible to avoid infecting others
At this time, we have decided to close our food pantry effective immediately to limit outside visitors to our building. In addition, we are limiting all-volunteer work to our essential soup kitchen activities, to ensure that we continue to meet our mission of providing food to those in need.
Please know that we are dedicated to the safety and well-being of our Poverello Center community. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Amy Allison Thompson, LCSW