COVID-19 INFO

To our beloved community,

During uncertain times such as these, St. Joe’s mission of Giving Children A Home remains more important than ever. For our children who currently live at St. Joe’s, we are their only home. We are where they find safety and love. When everything else is unknown, we are the one place that remains unchanged in our children’s lives.

Due to the growing concern surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), we wish to reassure our community that St. Joseph Children’s Home remains committed to keeping our children, family members, and staff safe by maintaining our already rigorous health and safety practices, and are taking additional steps in our cleaning and sanitation procedures. We will continue to respond to the situation as it develops and send out further communications accordingly.

Thanks to our dedicated team of staff as well as unwavering support from community members like you,  St. Joe’s will continue to be a beacon of hope even in the most uncertain of times.

Stay informed. Stay safe. And above all else, stay committed to keeping Kentucky’s most vulnerable children safe.

Thank you and we will hold you all close to heart,

Grace Akers
Chief Executive Officer
St. Joseph Children’s Home

Your giving keeps St. Joe’s kids safe and healthy.

St. Joseph Children’s Home remains vigilant in providing our children and families with the supplies they need during quarantine from COVID-19. Like you, we are stocking up on needed supplies and following CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our agency and community. However, St. Joe’s kids remain reliant on your help to continue our important mission of Giving Children A Home. In an effort to reduce the likelihood of spreading COVID-19, St. Joe’s will only be receiving online donations at this time. Your donations will be used to provide things such as high-quality therapeutic services as well as purchase everyday items like toilet paper and cleaning supplies.

You can also help St. Joe’s kids while shopping online at no additional cost to you by selecting “St. Joseph Children’s Home” as your charity for AmazonSmile as well as registering with Kroger Community Rewards (choose NPO # 12008 to select St. Joseph Children’s Home as the organization you wish to support.).

At the end of the day, the important work that is done by St. Joe’s does not stop and therefore, your generosity and kindness are greatly appreciated.

St. Joe’s response to COVID-19

St. Joe’s is following all state mandates and CDC guidelines to ensure that our children and staff remain healthy and safe. As such, all non-direct care staff are working remotely from their homes and in-person visits/meetings have been switched to either video chat, conference call, or email.

The clinical staff continue to provide our children with therapy every week and are creatively utilizing technology to remain connected with clients and their families. The residential staff are keeping our current residents engaged with fun games, academic studies, and therapeutic activities (ex. Yoga). The Child Development Center is following Governor Beshear’s direction that all child care center must temporarily shut down. However, thanks to the advocacy by St. Joe’s leadership, St. Joe’s was given permission by the Office of Inspector General to continue providing child care to families who are essential first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Joseph Children’s Home is one of the few agencies in the state currently providing child care under this license and will be able to serve only a limited number of children (75) from a limited population and will be open for limited hours (M-F 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM).

With many individuals experiencing loss of work due to business closures, St. Joe’s welcomes applications from anyone who may need employment during this time. Click here to check out available positions and get started on your career at St. Joe’s!

For questions or concerns, you may reach out to your point of contact at St. Joseph Children’s Home or the email info@sjkids.org.

Food Pick-Up Options

· JCPS – Map of free meal sites

· Those seeking up-to-date information on Dare to Care services can visit www.daretocare.org/covid-19

· Porkland BBQ, 2519 St. Cecilia Street. With the whole coronavirus going on and schools being closed, Porkland will be handing out lunches to kids for free from 11-2.

· The Table, 1800 Portland Avenue. If you are dealing with food insecurity during this crisis, please come by from 11am to 1pm Monday through Friday. You are welcome here!

· Food Pantries

· Louisville Independent Restaurants still in service.

· Kroger Clicklist

Financial Assistance

How to apply for unemployment in Kentucky, Indiana

One Louisville COVID-19 Response Fund

Covering medical costs for children and families.

National Patients Advocacy – Help with Dr. bills – 800-532-5274

Prescription Help – 888-4PPA-NOW

Heating Budget Plan – Call LG&E at 589-1444. Pay average of 4 month’s bills.

Community Action Group – Can assist with bills. 502-574-1157

Local Area Ministries – Offer a variety of assistance. Contact Info for information on local groups.

Demand Conservation – Contact LG&E at 589-1444. Saves $5 monthly in the summer and turns off power to the ac during peak power times for a few minutes.

Metro United Way 211

CONTACT

St. Joseph Children’s Home
2823 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 893-0241
(877) 893-0241

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