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We have so much to be thankful for and proud of as we look back at the last several weeks and  forward as we enter into our next phase of operations! 




A Note from our Executive Director, Dr. Theresa Beachy:

 
Thank you to everyone who has supported us during this unpresedented time. While Peaceful Paths is used to the standard operating mode of crisis response, the unusual circumstances facing us during this time has made basic service delivery a challenge.  We have continued to offer programming in the Shelter, Outreach Center, and remotely.  Survivors have ongoing needs for support, including applying for injunctions, completing safety plans, finding housing, receiving referrals, getting supplies, and having someone to talk to about their situation.  We have continued to take community referrals, work on emerging victim crises, and move people into community based housing despite all the untertainty we face. It is our sincere hope that our presence in the community is never diminished despite external conditions.  Your support and generosity has assured that has been the case for over 45 years.  Through fire and expansion, each of you has stepped up to show that you believe in our mission to save lives and create change. We believe that you will remain by our side moving forward, and ensure that we have the funding and supplies we need tokeep moving forward for survivors and their children.
COVID-19 Operational Plan
June 1-30, 2020


 
Peaceful Paths has remained open throughout the pandemic for emergency shelter and safety services.  As of June 1, we have reestablished all services to more normalized levels, and we are committed to ensuring the safety of all clients coming in for assistance in this difficult time.  We are working to provide clients with information and guidelines that can keep individuals and the Center safe from COVID exposure.

Client Services:
 
-Shelter will remain operational with reduced capacity (one family per room or two individuals) and is still closed to out of area residents at least through June 30, but likely longer.  Social Distancing practices will be enforced, essential trips will remain enforced, use of PPE by residents will be strongly encouraged and provided, and quarantine and testing resources will be made available as needed.

-Outreach will be open for walk-ins and appointments in all programs starting on June 1st.  Childcare will be available for these in defined areas and times, with appropriate Social Distancing and PPE.

-Basic precautions for all services will be to screen everyone coming into services using the CDC questionnaire provide by the health department. Anyone with positive answers should be referred to the helpline for crisis intervention, and to the County resources for testing.   This screening will be posted and we will ask PRIOR to the client being allowed in the door.
 
Changes to services include:

-Implementation of Social Distancing and use of PPE in all client areas through at least June 30 or when CDC guidelines change. This includes wearing a mask in all common areas and when working with clients.

-Require client handwashing upon entry, ask about mask exemptions (tell us if there is one) including kids over 6, implementing cleaning protocols in all client areas after service.

-Limited numbers (5 or less) in support groups and group child activities (10 or less in various rooms) starting on or after June 1st.

-Limited, social distanced face to face meetings for internal programming and community partner meetings (limit to 18 in the training room – 1 person per table).

-IFP coverage will have both onsite and phone based services.

-Limited volunteers or interns providing programming adhering to testing/screening and use of PPE.

-Only critical transportation services will be provided and vans will be cleaned after client use. 

-Individual trauma therapy sessions may resume with precautions in place, and telephone therapy sessions may continue. 

-Rural offices will open for limited services on June 1st
 
Here is what we are doing for clients:

-Frequent and thorough cleaning of the facilities
 
-Giving additional space in by limiting the number of people in the space/offices

-Limiting the number of people in groups and keeping children separated and in family groups

-Providing masks for use in and out of the office

-Providing testing every other Friday through UF and the Health Department

-Limiting services to people from our primary service areas only

Here is what we are asking of clients:

-Practice social distancing (6 ft. physical space between people) with anyone outside of your family group in the office.

-Wash your hands frequently, for 20 seconds and help your children do this too.

-Wear a mask when interacting with others, including staff.

-Sanitize bathrooms between use (wipes are available everywhere!).

-Let us know how we can help.
 
We want to keep everyone safe, so clients who choose not to follow the social distancing guidelines may be limited to virtual services. We appreciate your help in this process and understand that asking for assistance and attending services can be difficult, and the health situation is making things even more stressful.  Please reach out and talk to an advocate, request a counselor, or tell us about any other needs you have so that together we can get through this time. 

Wish List and Donation Procedures

 
 
 

Thank you for the steady stream of basic needs donations that have been dropped off and shipped to us via Amazon delivery.  This has allowed us to continue to provide pantry, personal hygiene, and cleaning supplies to our clients as well as masks for both clients and staff.  We expect to see an increased need for our resources and services over the next several weeks so please keep these basic needs and PPE coming! .

Feel free to drop off items from our basic needs list during any business day, Monday-Friday between 9:30-4:30. 

You can visit our website for our ongoing basic needs. Supporters wishing to ship to us can visit our 
Amazon Wish list.

If you follow our page on Facebook and/or Instagram, we send out a Wishlist Wednesday post each week to let the community know what our biggest needs are. 

We will resume our normal donation drop off hours of general items such as gently used clean clothing and household items beginning Monday, June 8.   General donations should be dropped off on Mondays between 9:30 and 4:30
unless otherwise arranged.


Please note that we have limitations to the quantities of clothing and household items that can be dropped off  due to staffing and space in our donation center. You can refer to our website for more details. If you can not donate on Monday, please call our Outreach office at 352-377-5690 and speak to Amy so an alternatate day can be arranged and we can have the proper staffing to receive your donation.
      
 


Food Providers/Restaurants
If you have surplus prepared (or non perishable) food you would like to donate to our residents and on-campus staff, please contact Brandi Corbin at brandic@peacefulpaths.org to arrange. Please do not drop off prepared food with our arranging ahead of time.


 
Donate YOUR WAY!
You can always donate directly from our website at: https://www.peacefulpaths.org/donate. Select a one time gift or set up a recurring gift.
 
 
Six Feet Walk (4 Paws + 2 Feet) Virtual Fundraiser
We plan to send a special edition email out this week to reveal our final fundraising results and to share the amazing support we received via walkers, donors, the media, and of course the furry friends that took the SIX FEET walk this weekend.  We are incredibly close to making our goal of $8,000 thanks to you!  As soon as our FB fundraiser closes tonight,we will make it official.  We can't wait to reveal the winners of our photo categories!

Please check out our FB and Instagram pages for all the great pictures.  We really appreciated seeing the amazing support for SURVIVORS!

 
Our Staff Thanks You!
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