COVID-19: the community environment in reaction mode

The community environment of Granby and region follows from hour to hour the evolution of the situation in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. Some activities are already canceled, while essential services for the population are maintained.
As for SOS Dépannage, it was resolved, after an emergency meeting held Monday morning, that the Café des Trois Pommiers would be closed for an indefinite period, said spokesman Éric Vachon. “We have buffets for salads and desserts, so you can’t take a chance there to avoid contamination,” he explains.

However, the store remains open, although additional hygiene measures have been put in place. “We will be cleaning and disinfecting on a regular basis,” says Mr. Vachon.

The food bank will also remain available for the less fortunate, who will still have to continue to provide supporting evidence to take advantage of the service. “We guaranteed people that we would be there for them,” said the spokesman.

The same goes for the Volunteer Action Center (CAB) in Granby, where everyone’s energies are concentrated in maintaining the meals on wheels service. “It is an essential service for seniors. For some of our users, this is the only time of day when they have a visit, ”recalls director Nathalie Roberge.

To minimize the risk of contagion from COVID-19, the CAB tax assistance service was put on the ice, as were techno training; Friendship visits will now take place over the phone.

The medical transport service is also affected by the measures. “Everything is slowing down, but fortunately, a lot of medical appointments and surgeries have been canceled, which allows us to keep pace,” says Roberge.

At Partage Notre-Dame, the soup kitchen service will be transformed into a take-out counter for at least two weeks. The AZimut listening and referral service will be offered by appointment only. The thrift store will be closed for at least two weeks.

“We are in solution mode,” says director Chantal Descoteaux. We want to protect everyone while continuing to offer the soup kitchen service, so we decided to offer our hot meals to take away. We will let people in small groups, who will have to wash their hands before eating and leaving. No one can eat there. ”

Certain organizations such as the Granby CAB will be able to count on the generosity of workers who are on leave during the crisis, says director Nathalie Roberge.
Certain organizations such as the Granby CAB will be able to count on the generosity of workers who are on leave during the crisis, says director Nathalie Roberge.
For its part, the Sutton Volunteer Action Center continued its meals-on-wheels and food bank activities. The boxes will be delivered outside, it is said, but everything that is not considered an essential service is canceled. A meeting was held in the morning on Monday to find ways to help isolated and confined people.

Canceled activities, telephone follow-ups

The L’Autre versant day center has been closed since Monday, until further notice. The follow-ups carried out by the interveners of the mental health organization will be carried out by telephone. “We are working together to see how we will continue our activities with the most vulnerable,” says director Joseph-Anne St-Hilaire. But one thing is for sure, people can call us, someone will answer them. ”

Accommodation facility open at all times, the Auberge sous mon toit remains open, but will no longer temporarily accommodate visitors. Post-accommodation follow-ups will be done by phone, while all meetings and workshops are canceled, announces director Marie-Ève ​​Théberge.

The Collective Kitchens of Montérégie announced that all their activities were suspended until March 20.

At the Cowansville Volunteer Center, it was announced Friday that community meals and bone building classes were canceled until further notice. Users are invited to telephone and avoid appearing as far as possible.

Finally, the Alzheimer Society Granby and region announced Monday that it will suspend its activities for a period of two weeks.

Volunteers in isolation

At SOS Dépannage as at the CAB in Granby, several volunteers are missing because of the isolation imposed on people aged 70 and over. Many of the volunteers in the two organizations belong to this demographic strata.

“Prime Minister Legault’s call to seniors aged 70 and over to stay at home hurts us,” recognizes Ms. Roberge. It’s hard to keep up, but in the worst case scenario, the staff will lend a hand to the remaining volunteers. ”

“They cancel one after the other,” says Mr. Vachon, who is however understanding. We may need more arms soon. As the employees of the restaurant will not have a job until it is closed, we may be able to reassign them elsewhere while waiting. ”

However, some organizations such as the Granby CAB will be able to count on the generosity of workers on leave during the crisis. “We have received spontaneous offers from people who do not work and who want to help us,” says Ms. Roberge. We are happy to see that people have thought of us. These situations show us the worst in some people, but it also brings out the good in others. ”

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