SBCS is working diligently to ensure that no individual or family is turned away from receiving critical services during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The health and safety of our clients and staff are of the utmost importance, and we are committed to our role in both serving the most vulnerable and slowing the spread of this virus.
Through consultation and coordination with the County’s Public Health Department, the following programs and services remain open with special precautions and emergency plans in place:
- Shelters and transitional living sites
- Food distribution for low-income and homeless populations, modified to drive-thru format
- Housing and support services
- Family violence support services in partnership with local police departments
- Mi Escuelita and Escuelita del Futuro preschool programs
- Court-ordered supervised visitation for families
- Home visits for high-risk cases
A number of other SBCS programs and services are being modified to reduce in-person contact via phone and video conferencing solutions and remain available, including:
- CHOICE and Achievement Center
- Children’s Mental Health
- Healthy Development Services
- Home visits for non-high-risk cases
- Domestic Violence Response Team
- Alternatives to Detention
Our agency is also moving swiftly to increase capacity as community shelter and childcare options decrease, driving an increase in requests for services. Our immediate efforts to support the needs of the wider community include expanding shelter capacity, providing childcare for first responders at preschool sites, and activating cross-trained staff to cover delivery of essential programs and services.
SBCS is encouraging clients, staff and community members to tend to both their physical and mental health as the coronavirus pandemic and local public health directives continue to develop and shift.
Thank you for your support of our commitment to continue providing services to those who need them most.
Please check back to our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram regularly for additional updates on programs, services and efforts to support the needs of the wider community as we monitor the situation.