COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update – Sunday, March 22 2020
St. Francis Center continues to closely monitor the potential impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on our community. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to the St. Francis Center, but staff have referred a few individuals to a city managed supplemental shelter designed for guests who are presenting with COVID-19 symptoms. No one associated with the Center has been diagnosed with the virus, but we believe it is a matter of time until that happens. Our service model does not easily allow for social distancing or quarantining, if necessary. But we are working with public health experts, city officials, and fellow providers to establish next steps for our community as the outbreak evolves day to day. We continue to be committed to serving our community, including the most vulnerable, as we have for the past 37 years.

  • With everyone’s safety in mind, we are asking day center volunteers who are over 60 years of age or immuno-comprised to suspend their volunteer participation.
  • Francis Center locations have initiated even more rigorous cleaning and sanitization protocols than normal.
  • The Center has undertaken screening protocols for all members of our community.
  • We are asking staff & volunteers to stay home if symptomatic: fever of 100+, cough, sore throat, etc.
  • We are educating and providing the facilities for guests to protect themselves and others.
  • We continue to provide street outreach, day shelter (showers, mail delivery, access to storage and case management), and housing.
  • The following are current changes in programs and access:
    • St. Francis Center Employment Services (SFCES) have been suspended and staff reassigned to core services/day center.

      • Supplemental Storage at SFCES remains open as scheduled.
    • The Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen meal has been suspended.
    • Cornerstone Residences at St. Francis Center are closed to outside visitors.
    • Health Clinic is closed until further notice.

What St Francis Center needs:

  • If you’re a volunteer at the day center and are not able to cover your volunteer shift, please contact Andrew at andrew@sfcdenver.org or email your day of the week (i.e. Monday@sfcdenver.org.)
  • We need healthy, dedicated people to volunteer at the day center so that we can continue to provide care and support to our guests. If you are would like to volunteer please sign up at http://tiny.cc/ohmglz
  • Financial support during this outbreak is essential to continue our mission. Monetary donations provide us the flexibility to expend resources where they are needed most.

As the situation develops and changes, we will be providing updates. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Andrew Spinks – Director of Development at 303-244-0745 or email at andrew@sfcdenver.org