Dear Catholic Charities Supporters and Collaborative Partners:
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing big concerns to Catholic Charities employees and other Stakeholders. Besides the health risks and disruption of everyday life stemming from this situation, the economy is slowing down, people’s ability to work is diminished, and elderly populations fear for their increased risks. Under these dire circumstances, some of Catholic Charities services will be needed by the vulnerable populations now more than before this situation developed.
In continuing our operations to provide essential services, consideration has to be given to recommended protocols or guidance regarding prevention of the spread of this infectious decease issued by the federal and local governments. After considering such information and guidance protocols issued by the Diocese of Palm Beach last Friday, March 13, I issued today directives to all our Catholic Charities employees and volunteers, including infection control protocols, that will allow us to continue providing essential services, with certain limitations, to the most vulnerable populations as long as it is feasible and practical to do so.
The safety and well-being of our employees, volunteers, clients and visitors is a main priority. As we monitor this global pandemic and its effects in our local area with the government’s guidance, we will continue to address issues related to coronavirus that can affect our operations and the well-being of our employees, clients, volunteers and other stakeholders. You can access additional information and updates on our website (www.ccdpb.org), our Facebook page @CatholicCharitiesPalmBeach and the Florida Department of Health at www.floridahealth.gov.
As always, we count on your continued support and collaboration to the extent possible. At this time of uncertainty, we should all join in praying for those affected by this pandemic and ask our Lord in his mercy for wisdom and guidance to continue our mission of sharing his love with others as much as possible under these unusual circumstances.
Francisco “Frankie” Chevere