COVID-19: Community Services Program Updates

Community Services is here for you during this difficult time. All of our programs have been modified so we can continue to provide support to the community throughout this crisis.

If you are self-isolating and need someone to talk to, if you and/or your family are experiencing financial stress due to being laid off, are facing eviction or are low on medication or food, call us and we will do our best to assist you. We likely can’t fix everything, but we commit to doing our very best.

Learn more about our program updates below or call 604-885-5881 Monday-Friday 9am - 4pm.

COVID -19 Emergency Food and Essentials Hotline

We have set up this service for families and individuals who cannot afford food or essential items and need to access the Food Bank. Phone our hotline number so we can support you in accessing food and essential items. Please call 604-865-0832 Monday-Fridays 9am - 4pm.

Volunteering

We need you, and we want to ensure you are engaged, supported, informed and connected! We can use your skills and experience to build our capacity and strategically benefit our programs and community during the COVID-19 emergency. We have safety protocols, volunteer checklists and specialized systems for volunteer engagement. If you would like to register and join our team, you are most welcome! To get involved contact Andrea at 604-865-0283 or email ahobbs@sccss.ca.

 

WE WILL UPDATE THIS PAGE AS NEW INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

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The following programs and events are affected:

Community Services Inlet Office, 5638 Inlet Avenue, Sechelt

Our Inlet Office is closed to the public until further notice. Our programs are still providing support to community members. Please phone 604-885-5881 for program information.

 

Programs

The Family Place, 5520 Trail Avenue, Sechelt

Child Care Resources and Referral - Sechelt, Gibsons, Pender Harbour

Closed for group activities, location will remain open for phone assistance and one-on-one meetings (please call ahead to schedule an appointment). All lending of equipment is suspended until further notice. Please do not return borrowed items from the lending library at this time, we will accept returns upon reopening. Call 604-885-5657 or email coastccrr@sccss.ca.

 

Community Services Thrift Store, 731 North Road, Gibsons

The Thrift Store is closed until further notice. At this time, we are unable to accept any donations. We anticipate that when we reopen donations will be needed more than ever to support those in need in our community. Please set aside your items and we will keep you updated as to when it is safe for us to start accepting donations again.

 

Food Bank - 5657 Lamprey Lane, Sechelt

Food Bank hours for the upcoming week are Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8 from 11am-1pm. Bags of food will be provided outdoors and social distancing measures will be in place. Currently, the best way to support the Food Bank is by donating online here, by electronic transfer (send full contact information to finance@sccss.ca including name, middle initials and surname and address or email so we can issue you a tax receipt), or by mailing a cheque to SCCSS, PO Box 1069, Sechelt V0N 3A0. Currently, we are not accepting donated food items at the Food Bank due to social distancing measures and concerns around sanitization. We expect that the need for food is going to increase over the next few weeks and we are in the process of developing a new system to address these needs. We will post changes here on our website, our door and you can call 604 885-5881 for updates.

 

Sunshine Coast Community Gardens - Lamprey Lane, Sechelt

Sunshine Coast Community Services has reopened our Community Gardens with new safety precautions and protocols in place. Thank you to our gardeners who passionately wrote in ideas about social distancing and their commitment to health and safety. We are now able to reopen the gardens with new precautions and measures in place which will ensure the safety of our gardeners, staff, volunteers and community members. As an organization we are seeing increased needs and are trying to meet them the best that we can. Our team is dedicated to supporting the community and we recognize the role our community gardens play for many. While community gardens have been listed as an essential service, if the new safety protocols and precautions are not followed they will need to be closed. We will be reevaluating the protocols put in place at the end of April and see if changes need to be made. We ask for understanding as we are trying to manage our most vulnerable and isolated community members as this situation develops every day.

 

Parent-Tot Drop-In & Bellies and Babies - Gibsons

All programs including Play Big and Parent-Child Mother Goose and Mamas Supporting Mamas closed until further notice. For further information contact Shirley 604-865-1108.

 

Parent-Tot Drop-In & Bellies and Babies - Sechelt

All programs including Dads and Kids Play Group and Ukulele Group postponed until further notice. For further information call 604-885-5657.

 

Early Intervention Programs

The Early Intervention Team will not be holding any appointments in the Community Services building, and have cancelled all playgroups and childcare center visits.  Consultations will continue to take place over the phone. New referrals will still be accepted, however may only be made by phone at this time. For the Infant Development Program call 604-865-1163, for Physiotherapy 604-865-0058 and for Supported Child Development call 604-865-0309.

 

Yew Transition House

Yew Transition House is still operating. If you need support, please call the 24-hour access line on 604-885-2944.

 

Volunteering

We need you, and we want to ensure you are engaged, supported, informed and connected! We can use your skills and experience to build our capacity and strategically benefit our programs and community during the COVID-19 emergency. We have safety protocols, volunteer checklists and specialized systems for volunteer engagement. If you would like to register and join our team, you are most welcome! To get involved contact Andrea Hobbs 604-865-0283 or email ahobbs@sccss.ca.

 

Better At Home

Better at Home is suspending all direct service deliveries (both contractor and volunteer services) with the exception of friendly phone calls and possible grocery delivery. For further information contact Anna Verspoor 604-989-6171 or email averspoor@sccss.ca.

 

Keeping People Housed

Service remains available. Keeping People Housed is a loan program to help with unexpected and temporary crises for rental arrears or essential utilities. Re-payment is made monthly through your bank account. The program is made possible in part from Sunshine Coast Credit Union, the Co-Operators and Sunshine Coast Community Services. To learn more, contact Andrea Hobbs 604-865-0283 or email ahobbs@sccss.ca.

 

Volunteer Income Tax Program

Cancelled at this location.

 

Dads United

Cancelled until further notice.

 

Events

 

Screenagers Documentary - April 25 (Chatelech Secondary)

 

Postponed - to be rescheduled.

 

Preschool Transitions Workshop - Thursday, April 16 (Gibsons Elementary)

Cancelled.

 

Additional Resources

Local Contacts

Women in distress: Our 24-hour access line remains open 604-885-2944

Mental health or addiction support: VCH Mental Health at 604-885-6101 (Mon-Fri)

24-hour Sunshine Coast/Sea to Sky Crisis Line: 1-866-661-3311

Seniors Distress line: 604-872-1234

 

Government of Canada

For general information, resources and the Federal Government's response to COVID-19, click here.

For the latest information regarding Coronavirus benefits and services including the Emergency Care Benefit, click here.

Apply for EI Benefits here.

Note that quarantined or sick EI applicants have the one-week period wait period lifted and you must complete application on website before contacting via phone. Tel: 1-833-381-2725 (toll-free) Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-800-529-3742

 

BC Provincial Government

For the latest information from the BC Centre for Disease Control, click here.

The province has created a phone service to provide non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on social distancing. Information is available in 110 languages, 7:30 am .to 8:00 p.m. at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 604-630-0300.

 

Town of Gibsons

Town hall is closed to the public. Call 607-886-2274 for service or email info@gibsons.ca. For information about Town of Gibsons services, including the Respiratory Assessment Clinic and updates from the Sunshine Coast Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), click here.

 

District of Sechelt

Public access at Municipal Hall is closed until further notice. Email info@sechelt.ca or telephone 604-885-1986 for further information. For a full list of updates, click here.

 

Shishalh Nation

Government offices are closed to the public. For further information, click here.

 

Sunshine Coast Regional District

Members of the public requiring assistance from staff are asked to email info@scrd.ca. For updates regarding recreational facilities, bus services, garbage collection, landfills and more, click here.

 

Salvation Army

For information regarding Salvation Army Food Bank and hot lunch program call 604-886-3665, email gibsons_bc@can.salvationarmy.org or click here.

Division of Family Practice - Sunshine Coast

For the latest updates from local physicians, click here.

If you believe that your symptoms are severe enough to warrant assessment by a physician, please call the BC COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-COVID19

If you feel you may need to be hospitalized for more severe symptoms, please call 911 if you require ambulance transport, or call ahead to Sechelt Hospital at 604-885-2224 so that the appropriate precautions can be made to protect healthcare workers and fellow patients.