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Updates from our CEO on Coronavirus

Updated: Mar 14

INFO FOR CLIENTS


3/13/20


Dear Community,

The Life Link is a Core Service Agency and we will remain open and provide all services during this time.


Our Clinical team at our Las Alas facility are increasing shifts to help those needing more help during this crisis.Our Clubhouse and Sojourners facilities are open and a safe place to get services. Our Housing Team is working extra hard to make sure we can allocate funds as needed as people may experience financial challenges to pay rent during this time. Our walk-in hours are 10-11:30 Monday - Friday. Or call us at (505) 438-0010.


We are requesting that all clients wash their hands before services or sessions begin and we are doing everything we can to keep our environment disinfected. We will work with all clients to make sure they have the information needed from the DOH and the CDC.

We are working with State of New Mexico to consider all factors on how to continue to maintain services and keep everyone healthy.


If you or someone you know is struggling with stress or mental health issues during this crisis please reach out. At least call us, so that we can asses the best way to help. (505) 438-0010


This is information from the NM Coalition to End Homelessness:


The Senate is negotiating on an Emergency COVID-19 Response Bill. Call your Senator and urge them to prioritize eviction prevention, short-term financial assistance, and support for homeless services in any economic stimulus package that is currently being negotiated on Capitol Hill. The COVID-19 pandemic will bring suffering to what might climb to millions of U.S. households. Like most crisis situations, low-income people are the most vulnerable.

Housing is a vaccine. People cannot heal, quarantine themselves, comfortably telework, or provide safety for their children and loved ones if they do not have a secure and affordable home. People who are currently experiencing homelessness are at the greatest risk of infection because they are often exposed to unsanitary conditions or sleeping in shared spaces. People experiencing homelessness also have extremely limited access to medical care.

Sen. Martin Heinrich: (202) 224-5521 Sen. Tom Udall: (202) 224-6621


DOH Coronavirus Hotline 855-600-3453

If anyone has symptoms or suspects they might be infected, DO NOT GET IN THEIR CAR AND GO TO THEIR DOCTOR’S OFFICE OR HOSPITAL. They should call the Hotline directly to receive instructions. Statewide drive thru testing is being set up.If an individual is very sick and needs to go to the hospital, they should CALL 911 for information about what to do

New Mexico Department of Health: https://nmhealth.org/about/erd/ideb/ncov/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


Thank you for your support. We welcome and appreciate your donations at this time to help sustain our services while we mitigate the consequences of this crisis.


Sincerely,

Michael DeBernardi, PsyD, MS Chief Executive Officer/Clinical Psychologist The Life Link http://www.thelifelink.org 3/11/20


Dear Community,


As we continue to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure all of our constituents that we are doing everything in our power to keep our staff, clients and visitors healthy and informed of Covid-19 prevention methods and we are ready to put our crisis plans in action if needed.


We will do everything we can to make sure the services we provide go uninterrupted and we are looking in to modifications to serve as many people as we can. We are working toward the possibility of taking our therapy and group sessions online so we can continue to care and support those that are in our programs. Please check our website and facebook page for updates.


Our safe houses, Clubhouse and all public areas as well as therapy offices and group rooms are being wiped down continually and we are keeping a stringent hand washing protocol for all clients and staff.


We are working with our homeless populations through our outreach efforts and the NM Coalition for the Homeless is presenting a webinar on 3/18/20 so we can all be on the same page with our continued care for our homeless community.


We are being as diligent as possible in being responsive to the needs of the marginalized populations in our community to help contain this virus in the ways we are being advised by our state leadership. Thank you for your continued support as we work together to see this though.


DOH Coronavirus Hotline 855-600-3453 - If anyone has symptoms or suspects they might be infected, DO NOT GET IN THEIR CAR AND GO TO THEIR DOCTOR’S OFFICE OR HOSPITAL. They should call the Hotline directly to receive instructions. Statewide drive thru testing is being set up.

- If an individual is very sick and needs to go to the hospital, they should CALL 911 for information about what to do.


New Mexico Department of Health: https://nmhealth.org/about/erd/ideb/ncov/


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


Sincerely,


Michael DeBernardi, PsyD, MS

Chief Executive Officer/Clinical Psychologist




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