On Monday, Family Service sent out a message to all of our constituents of a work plan to try to continue to service the community and protect our staff, volunteers and clients.
As leaders, we often have to make difficult decisions — especially while creating contingency plans during such a unique time as this.
Later, recommendations from the White House were made to limit social gatherings of 10 or more. Also all Americans have been advised to stay home in an effort to "flatten the curve" of the coronavirus. With this knowledge, Family Service has decided to shut down all operations for the next two weeks. We will reassess operations on April 1.
Several administrative staff will continue to work from home and in the case of dire emergencies, program staff will continue to be on call.
We will be keeping our eyes and ears open for the newest San Bernardino County and national developments and once we reopen our doors, the plan that we sent yesterday will continue to be valid.
Thank you for your patience while we navigate this difficult time together.
Kyra Stewart is executive director the Family Service Association and a contributor to the Redlands Community News.