While the safety of staff, clients, volunteers, and supporters is our primary concern, we are also developing plans to minimize interruptions to our many direct services, upon which so many individuals and families rely, especially during this difficult time.
Here are some of the ways YWCA of Lewiston – Clarkston is responding:
-In order to support community efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and minimize its threat, the YWCA staff will continue to physically distance and wear masks when meeting with community members. We encourage community members to wear masks as well and we have extras available as needed. All of our offices are currently open to the public. Questions about YWCA services can be directed to our office phone: 208-743-1535
-Anyone who has concerns relating to domestic violence or sexual assault can call the 24-hour YWCA crisis line at 208-746-9655 or 1800-669-3176. Social Distancing can increase risk for people in abusive relationships. Please call us to speak with an advocate.
-We will continue to provide essential services, including operation of our crisis line, domestic violence shelter, and emergency housing program.
-Cleaning sprays, wipes, and alcohol-based hand sanitizers have been distributed throughout YWCA sites and are being used to disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the offices and common areas. Staff are taking extra precautions cleaning and sanitizing YWCA sites for participants and staff.
-YWCA staff who are able to telecommute have been encouraged to do so, with non-essential meetings and events conducted virtually or postponed.
-Weekly Thursday night support groups are being held at a limited capacity. If interested in attending, please contact the office during business hours to RSVP.
This is a time filled with a great deal of challenge and uncertainty. Fortunately, our community is resourceful, resilient, and ready to work together to address the impact of this public health threat.
YWCA’s work to create equity and justice for all people matters now more than ever before. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we too may adjust our approach and response. Until then, we will continue to follow the current guidelines, closely monitor the situation, and update you with any changes to our operations.
In the interest of public health, we have decided to cancel some of our upcoming events.