Stay Safe - Stay Healthy
BFC Responds to the Needs of Our Community
What Is BFC Doing?
We have closed our main BFC facility on Armory Street and our SESCIL facility on Grand Avenue to clients. Our plan is to be closed until the State of Emergency is lifted by Bergen County and the State of New Jersey.
Why Has BFC Closed Its Doors?
We want to comply with all health regulations from the state of New Jersey and the Englewood Health Department. We want to be extremely cautious until we know more about COVID-19 and the impact on the community we serve.
When Will BFC reopen?
The short answer: when it's safe for clients and staff. We are constantly evaluating the situation involving COVID-19 and will be revisiting a schedule for re-opening as e get more information. We are in constant touch with health officials at the Englewood Health Department and will be monitoring the CDC for updates.
Here's where to get more information from Centers for Disease Control.
What About BFC Clients?
For Our Seniors: Before we closed, we contacted all seniors and surveyed their needs. For anyone who needs meals, we have enrolled them in Meals on Wheels. Seniors and caregivers will be contacted 3 times a week to stay connected. Our Care Managers at BFC will be carrying their client phones and stay in regular contact with our 150 homebound seniors.
- For Our Teens: BFC is staying in touch with teens and their parents and guardians via text, email, and our social media platforms. We're also using other apps that connect our teens with staff - ZOOM, SKYPE, Remind App, Facetime.
We are also providing social and emotional supports by licensed mental health clinicians to address stress, anxiety, boredom, loneliness, and frustration brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. The support is confidential and available by phone and text.
- For Our Early Learning Center: Our students went home with classroom instruction packets. Our staff is maintaining regular contact through Dojo, a state-of-the-art online learning platform. Find out more here.
- For HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters): Families on home instruction have received activity and learning assignments. Through teleconferencing applications like Zoom, SKYPE and texting we are in constant contact with our clients.
- Family Success Center: BFC is using our extensive social media platforms to stay connected with families. Our Care Managers have established a mobile hot-line to provide support and referrals for families as well.
What Has BFC Done Thus Far?
Our management team has been addressing the situation since the end of February, and following best practices as set forth by the CDC. We have also been in close contact with officials at the Englewood Health Department.
We feel we have achieved a critical balance between keeping our staff and clients safe while still providing services that BFC is known for and our community depends upon. As conditions change, we will be able to adjust our outreach and services accordingly.
More Info From
COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
(Source - CDC)