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COVID-19 – Coronavirus

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County 

COVID-19 Updates

Updated as of Tuesday, July 21, 2020 

Crispus Attucks Community Center (CACC)

The Crispus Attucks Community Center will provide free grab-and-go lunches on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11 a.m. to Noon. The dine-in option is currently suspended. Food bank is every Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Domestic Violence Services (DVS)

Domestic Violence Services (DVS), a program of the Community Action Partnership, continues to monitor all updates concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. Our highest priority is to safeguard the health and safety of domestic violence victims and survivors and our staff members.

DVS continues to provide free, confidential services to victims and survivors of domestic violence 24 hours per day via a combination of on site and remote staffing and programming. We are limiting the people who enter our Safe House/main offices building to residents, staff members, emergency personnel, and essential maintenance/service providers.

Victims and survivors seeking our crisis and safety-planning services should call our 24-hour Hotline at (717) 299-1249 or text SAFE to 61222 to connect directly to an advocate.

Safe House or emergency shelter services are available for victims fleeing dangerous intimate partner violence situations. Victims seeking shelter must contact DVS directly via the hotline or text line. Law enforcement may use the hotline or Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) process to make the contact. An individual in immediate danger should call 911.

Community counseling services are offered via telehealth platforms or by telephone. Please call our hotline to arrange to speak with a counselor.

The Domestic Violence Legal Center is not open to walk-in clients but is available to assist victims and survivors with legal information, options and resources via telephone Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 5:00pm at (717) 291-5826. Our bilingual legal advocate is available in the courthouse daily to assist victims to file Protection From Abuse (PFA) orders. On weekends call the DVS 24-Hour hotline to be connected to the on-call Legal Advocate for assistance.

Professional domestic violence trainings, education, and prevention sessions are in development to be offered remotely via Zoom and You Tube. Contact Angela Keen, Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator (AKeen@caplanc.org) for more information about professional trainings and volunteer opportunities, and Deb Manning, Children’s Program Coordinator (DManning@caplanc.org) for education and prevention program availability.

Please direct any general questions to Christine Gilfillan, DVS Director, at (717) 299-9677 Ext. 3110 or email CGilfillan@caplanc.org.

Early Learning Resources Center (ELRC)

ELRC Staff is offering virtual service for both Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. Please continue to submit applications in drop boxes located outside of our offices. Any questions, please email eligibility@caplanc.org
ELRC is open to APPOINTMENT ONLY on Tuesday from 9 am to 3 pm

The primary resource for individuals seeking certified child care in counties identified as Yellow or Green in the Governor’s Phased-In Approach to Reopen Business in Pennsylvania is www.findchildcare.pa.gov and should be used now that the Stay at Home Order is lifted.

Senior Centers

Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center & Columbia Senior Center are closed until further notice.

Utilities Assistance

Beginning the week of August 3, The city will begin walk-ins 9:00am-3:00pm Tuesday and Thursdays for urgent matters only. We are requesting only 1 adult per household to come.  Also, encouraging customers to continue to  drop off applications with income documents, email ontrack@caplanc.org, Call 717 299 7301 x 3108.

  • Lancaster County offices:  By Appointment Only
  • Columbia:  Tuesday and Thursdays
  • Ephrata: Wednesdays
  • Solanco:  Thursdays

WIC

WIC offices in Lancaster, Columbia, Ephrata, Quarryville are open by appointment only.  All participants will receive a call in advance of their scheduled appointment for benefit pick-up time and location.  The Mobile Clinic is closed until further notice and customers will be contacted for benefit pickups at their nearest clinic.  It is critical that WIC have a working phone number for all participants.  Please call 717-509-3686 for an appointment or to update contact information.  Thank you!

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DVS Update
June 2, 2020, 9:29 a.m.

For updated on Domestic Violence Services, click here.

 

CAP Programs Update
March 31, 2020, 1:57 p.m.

  1. Lancaster County Head Start and CAP Child Care will be closed until further notice. This includes all Early Head Start Classrooms operated by Community Action Partnership and all preschool classrooms operated by Luthercare at Grace Lutheran.
  2. The Crispus Attucks Community Center will provide free grab-and-go lunches on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11 a.m. to Noon. The dine-in option is currently suspended. Food bank is every Wednesday.
  3. CAP Utility Assistance staff are offering virtual service until further notice. Utility assistance applications and 30-day income documents can be dropped off at 601 S. Queen St., faxed to 717.286.0379 or emailed to ontrack@caplanc.org. You may also apply online at caplanc.org/utilities.
  4. ELRC staff is offering virtual service for both Lancaster (717.393.4004) and Lebanon (717.274.6552) counties. Please continue to submit applications in drop boxes located outside of our offices. For more information, visit: CAPLanc.org/ELRC
  5. Domestic Violence Services updates can be found here.
  6. WIC offices in Columbia, Ephrata, Quarryville and Mobile Clinic are closed until further notice. All scheduled participants will receive a call for benefit pick-up appointments at 601 South Queen Street, Lancaster PA 17603.
  7. Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center & Columbia Senior Center are closed until further notice.

 

Early Learning Programs Update
March 27, 2020, 3:02 p.m.

Lancaster County Head Start and CAP Child Care will be closed through April 10. This includes all Early Head Start classrooms operated by Community Action Partnership and all preschool classrooms operated by Luthercare at Grace Lutheran.

Domestic Violence Services (DVS) Update
March 19, 2020, 5:13 p.m.

For more information on Domestic Violence Services (DVS) of Lancaster County’s update on COVID-19, click here.

Utilities Assistance/OnTrack Update
March 16, 2020, 5:24 p.m.

Due to Gov. Tom Wolf’s Non-Essential Business Closure Declaration, the Community Action Partnership’s Utility Assistance program will be closed through Friday, March 27. It is our intention to reopen on Monday, March 30.

Utility Assistance applications and 30-day income documents can be dropped off at 601 S. Queen Street, faxed to 717.286.0379 or emailed to ontrack@caplanc.org. You may also apply online at CAPLanc.org/utilities.

WIC Update
March 16, 2020, 5:18 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the PA Department of Health’s recommendation for social distancing, WIC offices in Columbia, Ephrata, and Quarryville and WIC’s mobile clinic are closed until further notice. All scheduled participants will receive a call for benefit pick-up appointments at 601 South Queen Street in Lancaster.

Domestic Violence Services (DVS) of Lancaster County Update
March 16, 2020, 4:48 p.m.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the PA Department of Health’s recommendation for social distancing, we wanted to share some updates from Domestic Violence Services.

Our 24-Hour Hotline (717.299.1249) will continue normal operations for victims of domestic violence. If you are in danger and need a safe place to go, please call the hotline. Telephone counseling services are available for DV victims. Please call 717.299.9677 to arrange a time to speak with a counselor/advocate. The Domestic Violence Legal Center (717.291.5826) will continue to assist DV victims in filing Protection From Abuse orders.

While DVS appreciates your donations, we are not able to accept any visitors to our facilities at this time. Additionally, we appreciate everyone that has supported the 2020 DVS Spring Gala so far! The event, scheduled for April 18, will be postponed to a later date. More information will be available soon.

Crispus Attucks Community Center Update
March 16, 2020, 3:37 p.m.

Crispus Attucks Community Center has always been committed to a healthy and safe environment for our clients and community.

With the current spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we want to assure you that we are working with the appropriate state and local agencies, including the PA Department of Health and PA Office of Aging, as well as community partners and organizations.

We are also following CDC and WHO guidelines for mitigation. This includes employees practicing good hygiene, regular sanitation of common work and community spaces, and cancelation of group activities and events at our facilities.

For many, the services we provide are important to the daily function of an individual’s life.

Effective March 17, the center will provide free grab-and-go lunches on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11am to Noon. The dine-in option is currently suspended.

On Wednesday, March 18 the center will distribute 150 pre-made food boxes to the community from 2 to 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please share this information with your networks. And thank you for your support as we navigate this situation.

Senior Centers are closed until further notice
March 16, 2020, 12:35 p.m.

The Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center & Columbia Senior Center are closed until further notice.

CAP Utilities Assistance/On Tract & ELRC Appointments Cancelled for Monday, March 16
March 15, 2020, 9:37 p.m.

As of today – Monday, March 16 – CAP Utility Assistance offices and the CAP Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) will be unable to see walk-in customers due to COVID-19 and recommendations from the CDC and the PA Department of Health regarding social distancing. This will continue for two weeks through March 27.

Applications for assistance for PPL and/or UGI and income documents can be dropped off at 601 S. Queen St., Lancaster, faxed to 717.286.0379 or emailed to ontrack@caplanc.org. To apply for PPL online please visithttps://www.pplelectric.com/my-account/payments/need-help-paying-your-bill/ontrack-payment-plan.aspx. You may also contact PPL at 800.342.5775 and UGI at 800.276.2722. As a note, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has signed an emergency order prohibiting utility terminations during the Proclamation of Disaster issued by Gov. Tom Wolf on March 6.

The Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) will be rescheduling all appointments to be conducted over the phone through March 27. Please continue to submit applications in the drop boxes located outside of our office locations, and visit https://caplanc.org/our-programs/household-stability/early-learning-resource-center/ for more information.

 

CAP WIC Appointments Cancelled for Monday, March 16
March 15, 2020, 4:01 p.m.

All CAP WIC appointments scheduled for Monday, March 16 are CANCELLED to allow time for staff to disinfect clinics. If you have an appointment tomorrow, you will receive a call from our office to reschedule. All staff should report to 601 South Queen Street. Be well!

Lancaster County Head Start, CAP Child Care, Early Head Start Classrooms & Preschool Classrooms Closed through March 27, 2020
March 15, 2020, 3:57 p.m.

Community Action Partnership is continuing to keep the safety and well-being of all learners in our community at the forefront of our decisions. As of Monday, March 16, Lancaster County Head Start and CAP Child Care will be closed through March 27 due to COVID-19 and recommendations from the CDC and the PA Department of Health regarding social distancing.

This includes all Early Head Start classrooms operated by Community Action Partnership and preschool classrooms operated by Luthercare at Grace Lutheran.

The decision to close is not one we take lightly, and we are aware of the hardship associated with this decision. At this time, we will begin to explore how to continue providing access to nutrition and education supports to our students and families. Please know we will be monitoring the situation and providing updates as they are available.

Preschool Classrooms  Closed through March 27, Early Head Start Classrooms remain open
March 14, 2020, 6:35 p.m.

Preschool Classrooms operated by Luthercare at Grace Lutheran are closed March 16-27.

Early Head Start Classrooms operated by CAP at Grace Lutheran are open as usual.

Head Start  Closed through March 27
March 13, 2020, 3:37 p.m.

In following our Lancaster County school district partners, all Lancaster County Head Start sites will be closed for two weeks, March 16-27, including Grace Lutheran and Rooms 1, 5, 9 and 10 at 601 South Queen Street, due to COVID-19.

At this time, Rooms 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 at 601 South Queen Street are open as usual. Please continue to monitor social media and our website for further information as things evolve.

Head Start  Closed Friday, March 13, 2020
March 12, 2020 9:30 p.m.

We have been informed of a possible COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) exposure at the School District of Lancaster, one of our partner sites for early education. Because of this, for Friday, March 13, all Lancaster County Head Start/CAP Child Care sites are CLOSED, including Early Head Start classrooms at Grace Lutheran. This closure will allow time for deep cleaning and further assessment of the situation. We will update via social media, the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County website, Class DOJO and the Communicate app.

Monitoring the situation, recommending common precautions
March 5, 2020, 2:14 p.m

The Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Lancaster County has been monitoring the news related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have also connected to community partners to make sure we are engaged in a broader community conversation.  CAP has a Pandemic Policy that we would activate if needed.

To date, there are NO reported cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania.

Currently, the threat of becoming sick with is very low. However, recently the CDC and the World Health Organization asked schools to prepare for the spread of the virus.

Here are the current best practices related to staying healthy.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when sick. If you have a fever temperature greater than 100 C,  until you are fever free for 24 hours without medication.
  • Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Learn more about preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19):