“Bergen Family Center has always been there for our families. The crisis surrounding the Coronavirus is no different. We’re continuing to be a vital resource for our community by providing services, support and compassion…”
Mitch Schonfeld, President and CEO
Bergen Family Center
A Message from Mitch Schonfeld
Meeting the Needs of Our Community
Over the past several weeks we've faced some unprecedented challenges dealing with COVID-19. The decisions that our management team has made are some of the most difficult choices in the history of our organization.
We feel we’ve 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.
Here’s what we’re doing to make sure clients are served through the COVID-19 health crisis:
- For Our Seniors: On March 13th, 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 will stay in regular contact with our 150 homebound seniors. SESCIL members may leave a message on 201-569-4080 x 10 and the Director will be in touch within 24 hours.
- 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: Last Friday our students went home with classroom instruction packets. Our staff will maintain 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 will maintain regular 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.
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 over the next several weeks, we will be able to adjust our outreach and services accordingly.
Here's where to get more information from Centers for Disease Control.
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).
- The virus spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
(Source - CDC)