Monthly Archives: March 2020

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID 19 for STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS – COMMUNIQUE #5 – Week 2

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

This morning the Province of Ontario declared a State of Emergency due to COVID 19. As a result there are new and additional measures in place.

PLEASE NOTE ***For all employees and volunteers PLEASE NOTE THAT if you are experiencing fever, have a cough and or difficulty breathing we ask that you stay home and contact your manager to advise them of your illness.

Port Cares continues to take immediate actions. We are moving to cancel or modify all non-essential services.

  • Effective NOON today – all INCOME TAX CLINIC appointments scheduled this week at 92 Charlotte are CANCELLED. Appointments will be rescheduled at a future time.
  • Effective TOMORROW at 11 a.m. through to outbreak all clear – Food Bank clients will be provided with pre-packed groceries. The Food Bank store will be closed for client shopping and clients presenting at the Reach Out Centre Food Bank will receive their pre-packed groceries at the entry door once they have sanitized.
  • EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY Niagara College has cancelled its student placements – we will no longer have this vital assistance at the ROC.  
  • All Employment Ontario Services – Employment Services, LBS, Youth Job Connection and YJC Summer along with services for employers are AVAILABLE over the telephone or online. We will not be providing in person services until instructed otherwise.
  • Restricting Entry to non-essential services – the main lobby computers at 92 Charlotte have been taken out of service until further notice. This decision has been made to eliminate non-essential visitor traffic.

We will continue to keep you informed,

Christine Clark Lafleur

Executive Director

Additional Service Changes at Port Cares EarlyON Centres Across Niagara

Date of Issue: March 13, 2020                                                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Port Colborne, 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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID 19 for PORT CARES STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS, March 13 2020

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 community.”

All other services remain as normal at this time.