NeighborImpact increases COVID-19 distancing measures; Critical services continue

Redmond, OR– With the increased social distancing measures and extended school cancellations, NeighborImpact is taking additional steps to ensure the safety of its clients and staff while continuing to deliver crucial services.
 
In accordance with Governor Kate Brown’s announcement on Tuesday evening closing public schools, all Head Start classes and the Early Head Start program operated by NeighborImpact will remain closed through April 28.
 
Additionally, in compliance with social distancing recommendations, all in-person trainings and workshops will be canceled through April, moving to online delivery where possible.
 
Effective Friday, March 20, NeighborImpact will move to a four-day work week, Monday through Thursday. This will continue through the end of April.
 
According to a study published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, the coronavirus lives longest on plastic and steel, surviving for up to 72 hours. Keeping NeighborImpact offices empty from Thursday evenings to Monday mornings will allow the time necessary for any potential virus residue to die. It will also reduce the amount of cleaning supplies and sanitizer that the organization needs to continue operating safely, as well as reduce social contact among staff by 20 percent.  
 
Outlying NeighborImpact offices in Prineville and La Pine will close through April, effective Friday, March 20. Residents will still be able to access all services through neighboring offices in Redmond and Bend, and online. Staff will also be available to travel to outlying communities as necessary to provide essential services.
 
“Our commitment to supporting people and strengthening communities remains as strong as ever,” said NeighborImpact Executive Director, Scott Cooper. “We are taking every measure to both comply with recommendations by public health authorities, and to continue serving our community in this time of need. We feel confident in our ability to do both safely.”
 
NeighborImpact is working to protect staff wages and benefits during the pandemic. Employees will have the ability to flex hours, work from home, or make other arrangements on a case-by-case basis that will ensure that work and wages are not lost.
 
For updates on NeighborImpact’s response to COVID-19, visit: https://www.neighborimpact.org/coronavirus-response/.
About NeighborImpact: Since 1985, NeighborImpact has been a leader in developing solutions and bringing resources to Crook, Jefferson, Deschutes County and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The agency offers a diversity of services meeting basic human needs for food and shelter, while enriching people’s lives by providing access to increased education, skills, and hope for the future. NeighborImpact is a private nonprofit organization that receives federal, state and local grants, foundation grants and donations from individuals and businesses in our community. To learn more about NeighborImpact please visit www.neighborimpact.org. 
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