A Message From H.A.T.S

Update as March 30, 2020
A message from Hope and Area Transition Society:

As we monitor the global impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Hope and Area Transition Society (HATS) remains committed to the safety and well-being of our clients and staff. As such, we daily continue to monitor official updates and follow the guidance of Fraser Health and our provincial and federal health authorities.


Although cases of COVID-19 are growing the message that we are hearing is one of optimism, however this optimism should be taken with caution and not allow us to become lax in our physical distancing practices, self-monitoring, staying at home and proper hygiene.  While we recognize that this assessment is fluid and may change rapidly, for the time being we are committed to maintaining services. Although services have been reduced to mitigate close interactions, we are aware that during this time of global uncertainty we do not want our clients to feel isolated and further marginalized.

As per BC’s recommended group gathering limit, we have cancelled any type of groups. We are conducting phone sessions with clients and will meet with clients outdoors, going for a walk and being in nature. We will not be doing any home visits and will not be transporting clients in our vehicles.  Effective March 19, 2020 the main office located at 400 Park Street will be closed to the general public, staff will still be working in the office, conducting phone sessions, and as needed face-to-face sessions done in open spaces. Call the office at 604-869-5111 to seek more information or to speak to a worker.

We will be working with our community partners to offer assistance to those individuals and families who may need groceries delivered.

We are working with BC Housing and the Fraser Health Authority on the development of an Isolation Centre for our vulnerable homeless population. Our homeless people are at greatest risk of contracting and spreading this virus. Firstly, they do not have homes to self-isolate and distance themselves from others, they do not have facilities where they are able to practice good hygiene and lastly, they do not receive the up-to-date information regarding the status of this pandemic. Therefore, it is critical to ensure that we continue to maintain our connections with our vulnerable population, bringing them off the streets and out of their camps to minimize spread. By early April there should be a more comprehensive plan in place.

These are uncertain times, especially considering some of the mixed messages swirling around the internet and social media. We are grateful for the work of our Health authority in communicating regular updates and calming fears and anxieties associated with some of the mixed messages. The prevailing message we keep hearing loud and clear is that our best defense against this virus includes good hygiene practices washing hands, covering coughs, and staying home when unwell. Self-isolate for 14 days if you have recently or are returning from outside of Canada, been in contact with someone who has been outside of Canada, or if you have the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough

That said, we are implementing additional precautionary measures to ensure that the health and safety of everyone attending and working at our facilities is our highest priority.

We have elevated cleaning and sanitizing measures throughout our buildings. We have also distributed signage to remind guests of best practices surrounding hygiene and hand washing.

We recognize that new information is being released daily and some of this information may directly impact the status of our operations and/or add new elements of risk which may warrant the closure of some of our services and/or further reduce levels of service. We are determining what is essential services and how do we continue to operate in light of the changing environment.

We are committed to navigating these uncharted waters together with you over the next number of weeks.

Sincerely,
Gerry Dyble, Executive Director,

(ph) 604-869-5111 (ext 231)

Hope and Area Transition Society provides services, advocacy and education to build resiliency, empowerment and inclusion.

Main Office: (604) 869-5111

400 Park Street, PO Box 1761, Hope, BC V0X1L0

House of Hope Emergency Shelter: (604) 869-7574

650 Old Princeton Hwy. Hope, BC V0X1L4

info@hopetransition.org

Jean Scott Transition House: (604) 869-5191

I acknowledge our agency provides services within the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Stó:lō and Nlaka’pamux.