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While some of ACTS services will be reduced, the demand for others will likely increase - in particular, our Senior Link and Hunger Prevention Programs (especially home delivery to shut in seniors). This will be occurring at the very same time many of our most consistent older volunteers will choose to stay home.  Thus, we are asking staff to consider redeploying to one of these areas:

Our goal for Housing is to quickly consolidate our three residential programs into two and then to permanently house everyone, reducing the amount of staff coverage needed.  Even so, depending on the personal situations of some of the individual housing staff, we may need staff to volunteer to redeploy to one of these programs. We will also be limited to how quickly we can house some clients due to the County's Coordinated Entry System. We anticipate we may need to use hotels in some instances.

Our Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services Units will be working remotely for individual services, and all groups will be cancelled.

Our Emergency Assistance office will move to a completely virtual appointment system with no walk-ins.

Our Helpline will continue to operate as normal.  If necessary, they will be able to work remotely.

Our Thrift Store is now closed.  Donations can still be dropped off Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Anyone interested in volunteering can do so by first completing our online application at ACTS Volunteers. Shirley will reach out to you within 24 hours.

For those looking to donate, food is always appreciated, as our regular donations are expected to decrease - especially from grocery stores.  However, financial donations will also be needed (dropped off, mailed or through our Quick Donate feature on our website), because we will need to purchase some food in bulk, pay for hotels for our Domestic Violence and Homeless clients, and to cover staff salaries (as ACTS has committed to pay all of our staff their regular salaries throughout this crisis).

All changes to our regular programming are already posted on our website and will be posted on Facebook regularly.

While ACTS will do everything we can to protect the health of our staff and the public, we will continue to serve our neighbors during this time of crisis.