As the Executive Director of YMCA Safe Place Services, I want to provide you with updates related to our response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
We are a human services branch of the YMCA of Greater Louisville. Our number one priority remains the health and safety of staff, youth, and families we serve. We continue to receive referrals to both Shelter House and the Youth Development Drop-In Center. Additionally, teleconferencing opportunities are now assisting us in providing meaningful case management and support to the youth and families currently enrolled in the Y-NOW Mentoring program. YMCA Safe Place Services will continue to provide these services, believing they are vital and essential to meeting the needs of our community’s most vulnerable.
I am very proud of our staff members for their patience and willingness to continue providing excellent care to our youth and young adults during this time of uncertainty. We are taking additional steps to maintain a healthy and safe environment by:
- Following the recommended procedures of the CDC and local health experts.
- Limiting campus visitors to immediate family members and caregivers, while encouraging broader use of video conferencing and telecommunication options whenever possible.
- Adding signage to educate visitors regarding good hygiene practices.
- Practicing social distancing on campus.
- Continuing our emphasis on electronic communication methods for staff, parents, and youth.
- Monitoring symptoms at intake and identifying clients who could be at high risk.
- Identifying isolation locations on campus, if the need arises, to quarantine any persons presenting symptoms.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and updates will be provided as they become available. I have received several inquiries from people wanting to know how they can help YMCA Safe Place during this challenging time. The most critical support you can provide right now is financial support. The current public health situation does not eliminate the need for the essential services YMCA Safe Place provides to youth and young adults. Please consider making a gift at https://www.ymcalouisville.org/give/safe-place.html
Executive Director YMCA Safe Place Services
Scott had been living in an adult homeless shelter for three months when he was approached by YMCA Safe Place Service’s Street Outreach worker, Ashley. “She reassured me that things could get better and that I was capable of changing my life.” Each year our Outreach Program touches the lives of over 5,000 young people with information about how to access immediate help.