Dear Gilda’s Club Members and Volunteers,

Gilda’s Club Westchester is closely monitoring the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and NYC Department of Health about the Coronavirus (COVID 19) and has taken a number of precautionary measures for the health and safety of our members, especially those who have compromised immune systems, volunteers and staff. In response to the recommendations made by these two organizations for individuals, we are modifying the delivery of our support programs starting Thursday, March 12th. Although in-person support is what makes our support program so special and impactful, we have decided to temporarily suspend all in-person programming at the Clubhouse through the end of the month. We will continue to assess the situation and provide our community with an update by April 1st. Please refer to the website for any immediate updates.

Beginning Monday, March 16th, our adult weekly and monthly support groups will be facilitated via teleconference. If you participate in a support group, we will send you contact information for teleconferencing. Guidelines for teleconferencing participation will also be provided to all group members. Please note that all support groups will be modified to 1 hour in length.

Effective Thursday, March 12th our Children, Teens and Families Program, as well as our healthy lifestyle programs and educational lectures/workshops, will be suspended until we resume on-site facilitation again.

We understand that the modification and suspension of our programming may present a range of challenges for you and we are here to assist you through this period. If you feel that you need additional support during this time, please contact the clubhouse at 914-644-8844 and leave a message with your name and telephone number. A clinical staff member will return your call and arrange an appointment for telephone counseling.

The Staff at Gilda’s Club Westchester will be available to provide you with any additional resources and emotional support you may need during this time, so please call us at 914-644-8844 and leave a message. Although our clubhouse will be closed during this time, we will be accessing voicemail and emails regularly each day.

We’re here to help. Please check our website for updates and resources. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.

Warm regards,

Jen Scully, ATR-BC

Sr. Director of Program Administration/Acting Executive Director

Gilda’s Club Westchester

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