Doing our Part to Keep Everyone Safe and Flatten the Curve
With the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking steps to implement additional safeguards to help protect our program participants, staff and volunteers and will use this page to communicate updates on a regular basis.
At Aunt Leah’s Place, we are committed to ensuring that our program participants food and shelter needs remain a priority.
However, for other less essential programs, out of an abundance of caution Aunt Leah’s has made the decision to make some temporary changes.
If you are experiencing any fever, cough, and shortness of breath or cold-like symptom’s we ask that you stay home and reschedule your one on one appointment. We understand these changes and this outbreak can increase feelings of anxiety and stress we encourage you to reach out to your support worker via email, phone or messenger to discuss any of your needs.
We will continue to monitor all the appropriate medical advice, and we encourage all the members of the Aunt Leah’s Place community to take all reasonable precautions — including by self-quarantine, where appropriate.
We know it’s not going to be easy, but we thank everyone for your patience and hope you stay healthy.
Program Changes and Updates
Emergency Food Pick-up Times:
– Monday 12:00-2:00PM
– Wednesday 3:00-5:00
– Friday 12:00-2:00PM
Sunday Haven will be a little different, but it is still happening;
- On Sunday please come no earlier than 4 pm.
- Dinner will be at 4:30.
- We will be handing out your dinner and food bank food through the Kitchen door. On paper plates if you want to eat right away or in take out containers if you want to take it home
- The building will be closed but there will be a link worker if you need to get your mail or cheques and transit tickets. Washrooms will be available.
- Dan’s Legacy’s counsellor’s can do phone sessions Read More
- Mental Health Support – Dan’s Legacy is committed to providing critical counselling and wrap-around.
- The gym program has been put on hold temporarily. Youth involved in the program are being encouraged to power walk, run or cycle. Our therapist will spend time with some of the more at-risk youth, accompanying them on walks.supports during this crisis.
- Counselling staff who exhibit symptoms of colds or flu will self-quarantine and connect virtually with clients (phone, Skype, Facebook, etc.) The remaining therapists are working with their clients safely, accepting new clients and providing on call services to participating hospital emergency departments.
- If you are between 15 and 25 years old and are feeling that your mental health is at risk because of anxiety or depression, you are welcome to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Moms and Babies Group is cancelled until further notice. Read More
- The Sharing Circle will be back on Monday, April 20th virtually. More details coming soon.
- Essential Skills Workshops – Due to the drop in nature of our Wednesday workshops, and the unpredictability in attendance, Essential Skills Workshops will be cancelled until further notice. Participants are still welcome to receive a warm meal for take-out, between 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, while quantity lasts. Read More
- Clinic – Our Family Nurse Practitioner will not be coming to the Aunt Leah’s office until further notice. You can call the Indigenous Health and Wellness Clinic at 604-283-3293 during weekdays to make an appointment. The clinic is located at A101- 10095 Whalley Blvd Surrey BC V3T 4G1.
Bootstraps Retail training is accepting new participants. Bootstraps staff is available by phone and email to support youth to work on employment and training goals and be a listening ear.
- Tutoring: Our tutoring partner, Frontier College, will be suspending all programs for at least 3 weeks starting March 16th 2020. For the time being, the SEFFY team staff can provide limited one-on-one support for youth who wish for tutoring support at our office, provided that both staff and youth are not exhibiting sign of illness.
- Branches AYA Life Skills Program is accepting new participants.
Emergency Resources – 24 Hours Service
- Crisis Line: 604-872-3311
- Helpline for Children: 310-1234
- BC Suicide Line: 1-800-784-2433
- Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
- BC211 Resource Directory: 211 ( http://www.bc211.ca/ )
Technology & Educational Resources
- You can gain complimentary Shaw Go WiFi access on your smartphone, laptop, tablet or mobile device by selecting WiFi and then choosing the ShawGo network option. A full list of locations is available at www.shaw.ca/wifi or by downloading the Shaw Go WiFi Finder App
- Keep Learning is the online portal from the BC Ministry of Education. It provides suggestions for parents and caregivers to keep their children learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While school facilities are closed and move to virtual learning, Shaw has partnered with global education technology leader EVERFI to provide a free virtual education hub that all Canadians can access to support students, parents and teachers with additional virtual education resources for students K-12.
Signing up (for free) with these four steps:
- Volunteers – We have suspended our volunteer program, but will be updating prospective volunteers as to when we can safely use their help again. If you want to learn more about the volunteering opportunities with Aunt Leah’s and leave your name, please visit our Volunteer page
Thrift Store Updates
Aunt Leah’s Thrift store is closed and we cannot accept any in-kind donations until further notice. Our youth and families will be able to make arrangements to access emergency household items and have them delivered to their homes.
Trivia Night Extravaganza
- Plates of Possibility
You can stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections by:
- washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- carry hand sanitizer if you have it and use it when you can’t have access to soap and water
- avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
- avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
- coughing or sneezing into your sleeve and not your hands;
- avoiding crowded situations
- staying home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others; Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
For health questions or concerns, please contact your family doctor, a public health service or the HealthLinkBC helpline (dial: 8-1-1).
You can call 1-888-COVID19 for non-medical information on the virus covering everything from travel recommendations to social distancing. The new line should “allow 811 healthcare professionals to support more people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who require assistance with other health issues. The line will be manned by service representatives from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, and information will be provided in more than 110 languages.You can alternatively text 604-630-0300 for COVID-19 information.
COVID-19 Updates and resources
We encourage everyone to stay informed about the facts surrounding COVID-19 and recommend the following links to qualified authorities:
- BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool
- Know the Difference : Self-monitoring, self-isolation, and isolation for COVID-19
- Fraser Health
- BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has the latest updates and a Q&A about COVID-19.
- The Government of Canada is providing outbreak updates within Canada and around the world.