Program update regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
All seniors and caregivers are welcome to participate in online virtual classes. Please see a full list of classes here: https://www.scsny.org/care-nyc/events.
Beginning Monday, May 18, PPE for Home Health Aides can be picked up between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
NYC Food Delivery Assistance: If you need food assistance, and no members of the household can go out and get food because they are at increased medical risk or homebound, you do not receive meal assistance from other providers (incl. Meals on Wheels or God's Love We Deliver); and you are unable to afford meal delivery or grocery delivery, you may qualify for NYC Food Delivery Assistance. Information and how to apply here.
The NYC Department of Education is lending internet-enabled iPads to students who are in need of a device. NYC is doing a final push to get this information to families by Thursday, April 27. See information on how to request a device here (in various languages).
The New York City Department of Education is making three free meals available daily for any New Yorker at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city.
- Meals can be picked up at all Meal Hubs 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday
- Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
- No one will be turned away at any time
- All adults and children can pick up three meals at one time
- Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites
- No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off-premises
- Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children
- No registration or ID required
Use the Meal Hub lookup tool to find a location near you: https://www.opt-osfns.org/schoolfoodny/meals/default.aspx
Senior Center: All senior center activities are temporarily suspended due to the risk of COVID-19. Per the Department for the Aging, we are no longer able to provide grab and go lunches out of our senior center to ensure the continued safety of our staff and seniors due to COVID-19. All services and support including requests for meals delivered to your home if you are a senior center member will be provided by phone. Our dedicated staff will continue to make wellness calls to members of our center.
Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 877-577-9337 if you require immediate attention and leave a message with your name, phone number, indicate if you are a member of the Sunnyside Community Services Senior Center, and provide the best time to reach you. At this time, we are taking voice messages and someone will call you back within 24 hours.
Case Management Services will be provided by phone and meal delivery will continue.
Social Adult Day, Caregiver, Geriatric Mental Health, Friendly Visiting are also providing support by phone at this time. Please continue to reach out to staff by phone or email. You can also call 877-577-9337
Home Health Aides should be aware that our office can provide personal protective equipment (PPE) at the following hours only:
Mondays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm & Wednesdays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunnyside Community Services is monitoring the situation carefully, and we want to do all we can to reduce the risk for participants, staff, and volunteers. As you know, things are changing rapidly. To adhere to the request to reduce larger gatherings and reduce risk to older adults, we are enacting a number of changes.
We are scaling back or changing the delivery of several services. Many programs and administrative staff are now working remotely. That said, we will continue to provide support to our most vulnerable participants, such as homebound seniors. We will provide meals for senior center members to take home and will be checking in with seniors by phone.
You can continue to reach out to us at 718-784-6173 or reach out to staff as you usually do by phone or email. The primary email for SCS is email@example.com. We will continue to update social media and websites as things change.
The main office in Sunnyside is working under reduced hours to help lower the spread of the virus. However, aides may visit the office to pick up personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves during the following hours:
Mondays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Wednesdays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
- Home Health Aides will continue to provide care to clients at home
- Home Care coordinators and support staff are available to support aides
- Home Care Training Program in English and Spanish is suspended
- In-service training for Home Health aides is suspended.
For any compliance needs, please email Mroach@scsny.org. If you leave a voicemail at 718-784-6160 x314, Michelle Roach, Compliance Supervisor, will return your call.
All youth programs are canceled. This includes:
- After-school programs at 39th St. Boulevard Family Residents, Cornerstone-Woodside Houses, PS 150, PS 199, PS 343, and IS 5
- College Readiness at P.S. 19 and P.S. 343
- All programs at Queens Tech
ESOL in-person classes suspended and moved to digital learning
Volunteers Services are suspended
Space Rentals are canceled.
The New York State Department of Health has set up a hotline specifically for COVID-19. The number is 1-888-374-3065.