The goal of the South Vancouver Seniors Network is to strengthen communication, collaborations and initiatives that support seniors’ issues and services by bringing together community leaders, organizations, staff and volunteers, caregivers, and seniors in the South Vancouver area.
With the current COVID-19 outbreak, the South Vancouver Seniors Network will continue to compile important information for seniors. We understand that the current challenge can be very troublesome and as such, anxiety levels may be high. Now, more than ever, it is important that we all be good, kind, and caring neighbours and friends.
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Many of the community partner organizations in the South Vancouver Seniors Network are enacting social distancing policies and updating their operation. Social distancing is currently recommended at maintaining a distance of at least six feet between you and other people — to stop or slow down the spread of the contagious COVID-19.
That also means minimizing contact with people. Avoid public transportation whenever possible, limit non-essential travel, stay at home and avoid gatherings.
Here is a list of some of the partner organizations, and the changes that they have made for their operations. This information is subject to change.
- 1) ASK Friendship Society
: is temporarily closed until further notice. Staff will communicate with clients from home and will assist Vancouver Coastal Health at this time.
- 2) BC 211
: free, confidential, multilingual, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can call 211 to talk with an Information & Referral Specialist regarding community, government and social services. Access is also available for those who are deaf or have difficulties hearing by dialing 604-875-0885 or filling out a form via this link: www.bc211.ca/contact/
- 3) Jewish Community Centre
: temporarily closed. Adult 55+ Programs are cancelled until Monday, March 30. Please check the website regularly for updates on its closure: www.jccgv.com/covid-19
. There are new online opportunities for exercise and entertainment on the JCC website.
- 4) Jewish Family Services:
The Jewish Family Services Community Care Hotline has been set up as an emergency response resource from 9am-9pm, 7 days a week. Priority services include: meal or food bank grocery delivery; counselling and emotional support; and friendly phone “visits”. You can contact JFS by calling 604-558-5719, by email: [email protected]
or by registering online: www.jfsvancouver.ca/jfs-cares
- 5) Kerrisdale Oakridge Marpole Community Police Office: temporarily closed but staff can be reached by phone at 604-717-3434 and email [email protected]
. The Vancouver Police Headquarters at 2120 Cambie St is open.
- 6) Little Mountain Neighbourhood House
: has closed most of its programs until further notice. You can reach them at [email protected]
- 7) Marpole Neighbourhood House
: on West 70th and Hudson Street is temporarily closed but staff are working at home and can be reached via 604-628-5663.
- 8) Marpole Oakridge Family Place
: temporarily closed but staff are working from home. You can contact Andrea Krombein at 778-668-3634 or by email at [email protected] and she will connect you to Family Place staff if you wish. The Marpole Income Tax Clinic is postponed. Seniors who have appointments will be contacted when the clinic is ready to run again and given new appointment times. Seniors are welcome to call Andrea and put their names down for appointment times. The income tax deadline has been extended to June 1, 2020.
- 9) MLA Michael Lee’s Vancouver-Langara Community Office
: temporarily closed, with Michael and his constituency staff working remotely. They kindly request that you either call them at 604-660-8380 and leave a message or email them at Michael.Lee.M[email protected]
and they will respond as soon as possible. Please also visit Michael’s Facebook page facebook.com/MichaelLeeBC
for additional information.
- 10) S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
: temporarily closed but invites you to check social media and their website www.successbc.ca
or email them at [email protected]
- 11) Seniors First BC
helpline: SAIL (Seniors Abuse and Information Line) will continue to operate as normal at 604-437-1940 or 1-866-437-1940. Help is offered with legal issues, situations of abuse and neglect, and referrals.
- 12) South Mental Health and Substance Use Team
: at Airport Square on West 73rd is still open at this time from 8:30am to 5:00pm. You can also reach them by phone at 604-266-6124.
- 13) South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
: temporarily closed, but staff are working from home and can be reached at 604-324-6212.
- 14) St Augustine's Church
: In-person church activities cancelled until May 3rd. Please call 604-263-9212 if you need assistance. The food bank at the Church located at 8680 Hudson Street continues to run on Thursdays with pre-packed grocery bags being prepared. Please check https://foodbank.bc.ca/f
for all food bank locations.
- 15) Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Society
remains open in normal business hours but seniors services are suspended until the end of April. You can see their website at www.tccs.ca
- 16) Tapestry Church
: has reached out and offered volunteer assistance. In this regard please contact Andrea Krombein at 778-668-3634.
- 17) Vancouver Jewish Seniors Alliance
The JSA office is temporarily closed. Staff will be working remotely and can be contacted by email at [email protected]
. JSA Volunteers will continue with phone calls to clients for all Peer Support Programs. Staff are in touch with volunteers and clients as required.
- 18) Vancouver Public Library
: all branches, including Marpole and Oakridge, are temporarily closed until further notice. Late fees are suspended, and due dates extended for 6 weeks. Library users can still download eBooks, audiobooks and shows.