Valley Youth House’s Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

3/17/20 –  Over the last few weeks, the world has been forced to confront the global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). As we respond to the recent state-wide emergency and prioritize the health and safety of our young people, staff, and the communities we call home, Valley Youth House has shifted to a remote work model starting, Monday March 16 through Friday, March 27.

During this time, we have implemented the following important measures:

  • All essential Valley Youth House locations will remain open.
    • Lehigh Valley Shelter
    • Bucks County Shelter
    • Supervised Independent Living+ (SIL+) Locations
  • All Valley Youth House office locations will be closed to staff, clients, and guests.

Please reach out to info@valleyyouthhouse.org with any questions of concerns. We will continue to communicate programmatic updates as they develop. For now, all staff will continue to work remotely. Due to the fluidity of the situation, we will be monitoring and adjusting our response timeline accordingly.

Additional resources related to coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found through the CDC and the World Health Organization.

As always, the health and well-being of our young people, staff, and communities is of paramount concern. We will provide updates as we work to continuously adapt to the ever changing environment while continuing to provide services to the young people we serve.

 

3/13/20 – As you are all acutely aware, the world is experiencing an unprecedented time of uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The team at Valley Youth House wanted to reach out to you to provide an update on the actions being taken to help prevent the spread of the virus and support the well-being of our young people, staff, and communities we serve.

To this end, we have taken a series of three important precautionary steps:

  1. Increased cleaning and sanitizing of all Valley Youth House sites
  2. Addition of relief staff to all shelter and residential sites to ensure continuation of services for our young people
  3. Working closely with county, state, and federal partners to develop alternative protocols around case management to limit in-person contact

As always, the health and well-being of our young people, staff, and communities is of paramount concern. We will continue to monitor this quickly evolving situation and be here to support young people in need.

Thank you for supporting Valley Youth House. Working together, we will do our best to prevent the spread of this virus. If you have questions or comments regarding our plan, please do not hesitate to contact Christina Schoemaker, Senior Vice President of Development, Grants, and Marketing at 610-820-0166 or cschoemaker@valleyyouthhouse.org.