notice from JF&CS regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19)
Jewish Family and Child Service (JF&CS) is closely watching the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. In our response, we are following the advice of Public Health authorities.
Currently, the health risk associated with COVID-19 is low for the general population of Canada. Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available, and JF&CS will provide updates if the risk for COVID-19 changes.
Please check our website regularly for further updates. We will continue to work with our communities as much as possible to support those who need us most at this critical time. Click here for a list of helpful resources.
Update as of Wednesday, April 1 2020.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Children’s Aid Societies and Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agencies in Ontario ARE continuing their child protection services. We are NOT closed. Although agencies across the province have modified their business practices to respond to health and safety concerns, their core protection services continue. If any member of the public or professional have a concern about the safety and/or well-being of a child or youth under 18, they should immediately contact their local Children’s Aid Societies or Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agency. A list of local contact information for these agencies are available here: http://www.oacas.org/childrens-aid-child-protection/locate-a-childrens-aid-society/
We will be consolidating all services out of Central Branch | Lipa Green Centre
4600 Bathurst Street, First Floor
Toronto, Ontario | M2R 3V3
One Open Door | York Region Branch (Joseph & Wolf Lebovic JCC ) is closed as of March 19
Gordon S. Wolfe | Downtown Branch is closed as of March 19
Just A Second Shop is closed and the donation bins will not be collected.
The Family Resource Centre is closed
Please see below for the list of JF&CS program closures:
All group programming, including:
Counseling and psycho-educational groups;
Family Life Education (FLE) groups;
Here to Help;
Family Resource Centre;
Just a Second Shop.
What we are doing
We are consistently monitoring Public Health updates on COVID-19
We are ensuring that all service areas have hand sanitizer and are cleaned regularly
We are still running programs and other service-related activities
What you can do
Similar to the flu, the best way to protect yourself is through prevention:
Clean your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Cover your mouth and nose with a sleeve/tissue when you sneeze or cough
Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose or mouth) with unwashed hands
Avoid contact with people who are sick
Stay home if you are sick and limit contact with others
If you notice symptoms of the virus (such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing), it is advised that you contact TeleHealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000), your healthcare provider, and/or your local health authority.
We are monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis to ensure the safety of our community members, staff and families.
Please visit our website for future updates.
For more information:
For updates on COVID-19, we encourage you to visit the following sites:
For infection control information and resources, please visit the Public Services Health and Safety Association website.