Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Now that Dallas County and the City of Dallas are “sheltered,” our lives have changed even more. This fluid situation and our understanding of this virus and its impact changes daily. Crossroads Community Services is actively monitoring the circumstances and recommendations from Center for Disease Control, Feeding America, Texas Department of State Health Services and Dallas County Health and Human Services. These recommendations guide our approach, and we will continue to share updates and information as we have it, in an effort to protect your safety and our continued service to low-income families and individuals.
Crossroads continues to serve clients during the Covid-19 outbreak. In an effort to protect the health and safety of clients, volunteers and staff, we have implemented the following procedures:
- Staff and volunteers take their temperature before coming to Crossroads; they are required to check her/his temperature twice a day.
- Everyone who enters the building is required to wash their hands for 20 seconds.
- Pantry clients do not enter the building; they stay protected in their cars until they can pull up to a loading dock that opens onto the Crossroads’ front parking lot and we put their groceries in the trunk.
- Clients pick up pre-packaged boxes containing a nutritious balance of food for each household member.
- Increased sanitation and other protective measures have been implemented to protect the food safety and the health of our clients, volunteers and staff.
During this unique and challenging crisis, people need food more than ever. AND WE NEED YOU.
If you would like to volunteer to serve our low income neighbors, and you have:
- a normal temperature and no dry cough, fatigue or shortness of breath,
- not been diagnosed with, or exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus),
- no reason to believe that you, someone in your home or others with whom you have close contact has been exposed to COVID-19,
Please contact Liane Proctor, our Volunteer Engagement Manager. She will follow-up ASAP! Contact her at: email@example.com.
We cannot operate without the time, talent, and passionate service of many volunteers.
We need you and more importantly, our clients need you.
THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS TO BE UNDERNOURISHED, WHICH CAN REDUCE THEIR RESISTANCE TO COVID-19.
During this time of rapidly changing circumstances, we are grateful for the expertise and diligence of our partners at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Parkland Health & Hospital System, and Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS). We are humbled by their persistent dedication to our community, especially the sheer volume of responsibility and work for DCHHS team and their Director, Dr. Philip Huang. The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is also going the extra mile, and we could not feed people without their commitment and passion to continue serving during this extraordinary time—thank you NTFB.
For the most current and factual updates, we suggest the following:
Dallas County Health department DCHHS: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php
TX health department DSHS: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
Beginning Monday 3/16/20, we are implementing new procedures to create appropriate social distance in order to protect the health of our clients, volunteers and staff. These steps include more frequent sanitation, additional hygiene measures and increased air circulation. The new framework is set, and staff members are working through the weekend to finalize the operational and logistical details, which will be posted on our front door on Sunday 3/15/20.
We are adjusting the Order Fulfillment Process for our Community Distribution Partners and NTFB Agencies to maximize social distance. We are thankful that most of them, at least for now, have volunteers and staff to carry on their vital work.
For the sake of our clients, volunteers, and staff, we are doing our best to strike the right balance between service and safekeeping so that together, we continue to nourish the people who need us during this challenge.
Our priority remains—feed every family and individual who comes for groceries—however many—meet the need.
We serve people in Dallas, Ellis and Navarro Counties—seniors, those abruptly unemployed, children whose free breakfast and lunch are no more, people who never imagined they would visit a food pantry. This is not the time for anyone to undernourished, because that can reduce their resistance to COVID-19.