Date of Issue: March 13, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ON.: Effective Monday, March 16th
at 8:30 a.m. Port Cares in compliance with direction from the Region of
Niagara’s Childrens’ Services Department will be closing its six EarlyON
Centres located across the region. The EarlyON centre closures are for public
safety purposes in response to the emerging COVID 19 outbreak conditions.
EarlyON Child and Family Centres provide free, high-quality drop-in programs
for children from birth to six years of age, their parents and caregivers.
“We are taking these measures
to assist in maintaining the well being and safety of the children, parents and
caregivers we serve as well as our staff and volunteers and the community. As
the COVID 19 situation is fluid, Port Cares will continue to work in
partnership with the Region to respond and institute further measures as
appropriate,” says Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director.
Port Cares operates EarlyON
Centres at the following locations:
- EarlyON Port Colborne – 92 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne
- EarlyON Welland – Seaway Mall, 800 Niagara Street, Welland
- EarlyON Pelham – Old Town Hall 491 Canboro Road, Fenwick
- EarlyON Lincoln – Providence Christian Reformed Church, 4845 King Street, Beamsville
- EarlyON West Lincoln — Smithville United Church 116 West Street Smithville
- EarlyON Fort Erie — St George Catholic Elementary School 3800 Wellington Rd Crystal Beach
Effective immediately, the following service changes have been implemented for public safety purposes at Port Cares and the Reach Out Centre in response to the emerging COVID 19 outbreak conditions.
- Reach Out Centre Dining Hall is CLOSED until further notice which will be determined once the COVID 19 outbreak is over. Pre-packaged take out nutritious meals will be provided to registered clients. Clients can come to pick up meals on Mondays between 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays between 12 noon to 1 p.m. and Thursdays between 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. We are continuing to support those in need with food however for public safety reasons we will not be hosting community meals in the dining hall.
- Food Bank will continue to operate at regular schedule HOWEVER we are instituting SOCIAL DISTANCING practices – a maximum of three clients at a time will be permitted in the waiting room.
- Soupfest which was scheduled for Thursday, April 2, 2020 has been postponed until further notice.
- Hand Sanitization Stations and products are in place at all Port Cares service sites – everyone entering our buildings MUST sanitize their hands upon entry.
- Health Canada instruction posters about symptoms and practices have been posted across all sites to provide staff, clients, volunteers and visitors with authorized COVID 19 information.
“We are taking these
measures to assist in maintaining the well being and safety of the people we
serve, our staff and volunteers and our community. As the COVID 19 situation is
fluid, Port Cares will continue to respond and institute further measures as appropriate,”
says Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director.
“We do expect that there
will be an increased need for food to support those in need as the COVID 19
outbreak continues. We will continue to gratefully accept donations of food and
funds to help alleviate the impact on individuals and families in our local
All other services remain as normal at this time.