At the Domestic Violence Resource Center the health and safety of our clients, our staff and volunteers and our donors are our top priorities. As such, we are closely watching the news about the spread of the COVID-19 in our community/state and across the globe. We are following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the Washoe County District Health Department to strategize our response to this public health emergency. Please see below for notes about how our organization is doing its part to prevent the transmission of the virus at our four facilities.
- Effective March 13 until further notice, the Domestic Violence Resource Center’s donation room will be closed. It is our hope that by decreasing the traffic at our Vassar Street facility we will reduce the likelihood that our clients, staff/volunteers and donors will be potentially exposed to the virus.
- In addition, effective March 13 until further notice, will suspend the acceptance of donated material goods for the donation room. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you as a community donor, and we thank you for your patience. Please call our office at 775.329.4150 on April 18, 2020 to confirm that our donation room has reopened and is again accepting donations of clothing, bedding, and other needed items.
- Our administrative Vassar Street facility will continue to provide services to domestic violence survivors and their families but during limited business hours Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. We will, however, cancel all non-essential gatherings of clients during the March 13 – until further notice. This means that support groups, workshops, client outings and other group activities will be suspended.
- As always, our 24-hour crisis hotline is available to anyone who has concerns about their health and safety due to domestic violence. The crisis hotline number is 775.329.4150. When appropriate and possible, for the next several weeks our staff will encourage clients to contact us via telephone rather than come to our Vassar Street facility in person.
- We are taking the threat of the spread of the virus very seriously at our residential facilities as well. Staff at our emergency shelter have daily conversations and trainings with residents about prevention strategies which include handwashing, use of hand sanitizers, elimination of hand shaking, social distancing and preventative cleaning. We know that prevention is a community effort and we will continue to provide any and all support that we can to our residents and staff to keep them safe. We have posted detailed information about prevention strategies and will continue to prioritize this conversation with our residents.
- In addition, non-essential gatherings at the emergency shelter and for our transitional housing population have also been suspended for the March 13 – until further notice. This means that lifeskills classes at the emergency shelter, financial literacy workshops, etc, are on hold for the time being. One on one advocacy and goal and safety planning continue on a daily basis, however.
As we all know the recommended responses to the COVID-19 virus are changing on a daily, if not hourly basis. We will continue to monitor the situation and heed the recommendations of public health professionals. If advisable we will revise or expand the suspension of activities noted above. We will do our best to keep you informed about our plans.
Thank you all for your interest and support, be well.
Denise Yoxsimer, Executive Director