Statement from the Ada Jenkins Center Executive Director Georgia Krueger
As we continue to monitor developments regarding the Coronavirus, the Ada Jenkins Center is acutely aware that our client-partners, visitors, volunteers, and staff may be affected by the impacts of this global outbreak. Rest assured, our focus is the safety and well-being of everyone who’s connected with the Center, and we have begun implementing plans across all of our service areas:
- Medical: Thursday walk-in medical clinics and Tuesday appointment clinics have been suspended until further notice. Existing medical patients are encouraged to call our nursing staff at 704-896-0471, extension 111, for prescription refills and medical guidance.
- Dental: All dental clinics are suspended until further notice.
- Food Pantry: We are working with Loaves and Fishes and Second Harvest to develop a delivery or pick up plan for groceries. We have offered to serve as a hub to distribute food boxes if needed. We also have implemented new guidelines and will have shoppers either wait in their cars or the lobby while volunteers shop for their food. (This is not our preferred method, but is a healthy response.)
- Youth Education: The LEARN Works program follows Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ protocol with regard to our youth education, and at this time we have not yet heard of any changes.
- Adult Education: We are awaiting input from our partners Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte Works, and the YMCA to determine how our adult education classes may be affected.
Center-wide, we are cleaning surfaces before and after they are used, maintaining at least a six-foot distance between people, and not allowing more than two people in an office space at any given time. Of course, we are recommending lots of hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer.
We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our service delivery appropriately. Additionally, we have contingency plans for our staff, including remote access and alternate work locations if necessary. We continue to share health and wellness information, including prevention tips from the local and national departments of Health and Human Services, with our employees and visitors.
Finally, out of an abundance of caution, and to protect the health and safety of our guests and volunteers, we have decided to postpone our annual Gala until later this year. We are grateful for all of our sponsors and ticket holders who have shown their support for this decision, and for our mission.
Please know that while it is impossible for anyone to predict the spread of the coronavirus, we remain steadfast in our commitment to helping our North Mecklenburg neighbors attain economic stability.