COVID-19: Our Response
How EMPath is responding to the current global pandemic and how you can help during this time.
The health and safety of EMPath’s participants and staff is our top priority.
We wanted to let you know about the continued precautionary steps we are taking in relation to COVID-19. We are closely monitoring this rapidly changing situation. To date, no cases have been identified within the EMPath community, but we are doing everything we can to be prepared.
How you can help EMPath
We need your support more than ever. Our program participants are some of those most impacted by this crisis, and this will only worsen as the natural dip in resources continues across the country. EMPath is incurring many unanticipated expenses during this time. On top of this, our annual spring fundraiser, Economic Independence Day, has been canceled.
We have set an initial goal to raise $200,000 for a Crisis Response Fund. Please consider donating to help us manage this unprecedented situation.
EMPath is implementing the following through at least April 7, 2020:
- Non-essential staff who are well and have job functions that can be done remotely are working from home. We have essential staff at all housing sites.
- EMPath will create a list of non-essential staff who are willing to volunteer and work in essential functions, should their help become necessary.
- All staff who are 65 and over or have medical complications that put them at risk are strongly encouraged to work from home full-time.
- All EMPath offices will remain open so that staff who need to access offices may do so.
- In cases where staff (essential or non-essential) cannot work from home, supervisors will make every effort to schedule time at work in ways that permit commuting to work during non-rush hours.
- EMPath will, in all possible cases, limit work-related gatherings to no more than 10 people.
Precautionary measures at our housing sites and other programs:
- Visitors and non-essential staff are no longer allowed at housing sites.
- All meals will be packaged and delivered to common areas for residents to pick up and consume in their rooms.
- We have limited gatherings
- We have increased cleaning and disinfecting of common areas, bathrooms, etc. We have cleaning supplies and gloves for participants. Staff is collaborating with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless to share information on COVID-19 with participants in a way that complies with best safety practices right now.
- We are increasing our communication with participants across all programs to be sure they have adequate food and access to food. We are concerned with participants losing hours or employment, as many work in service industries.
- We have identified and kept several rooms at Hastings House available for anyone who may have been exposed to be isolated.
- We are in daily contact with MA Department of Housing and Community Development and will follow any protocol set forth by that agency.
- We have all the Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control info on hand to maintain safe and sanitary housing and environments for both staff and participants.