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January 4, 2020

After careful consideration, H.O.M.E. has decided to extend the suspension of our Community Programs -- Upkeep & Repair, Shopping Bus, and Moving Assistance -- through Friday, January 29.  More details about what the suspension entails is included below.

November 16, 2020

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you and your loved ones well. First and foremost, the safety of the H.O.M.E. Community is our top priority. 

You may have heard that Mayor Lightfoot issued an advisory to stay at home for 30 days starting November 16th to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago. The astronomic rise in infections must be taken seriously. Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said today, "We’ve seen no sign of slowing here. And we’re in uncharted territory. We are the largest city in the part of the country that is having the most uncontrolled outbreak." This is much, much worse than the situation in March. In fact, the Mayor says that if action is not taken now to distance ourselves, 1,800 Chicagoans could die between now and the end of the year.

We are aware that this is an advisory and not an official mandatory shutdown ordered by the Governor and Mayor. But since H.O.M.E. works primarily with older people, a large proportion of whom are in frail health, H.O.M.E. believes it is essential to take extra precautions to safeguard the health of the seniors we serve, our staff, and our community. 

It is for this reason that I have made the decision to suspend our Community Programs -- Upkeep & Repair, Shopping Bus, and Moving Assistance -- effective Monday, November 16th, through the end of the end of December. The Volunteer Program has already been suspended through the end of the year since March. Our Intergenerational Housing will remain operational with all CDC, State and Local protocols to prevent COVID remaining in effect and must be followed by all staff and residents. Our Leadership team will meet weekly and continually reassess the situation based on safety of the staff and the people we serve.

Now more than ever, please follow all COVID-19 guidelines to stay safe and healthy, and care for the well-being of all people too. Cooperating, we will get through this and celebrate the end of this pandemic sooner rather than later. 

 

With gratitude,

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Gail Schechter

Executive Director