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Town of Fort Erie Community News and Supports - COVID-19

In an effort to help our residents stay up-to-date with the information regarding community programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will do our best to let you know what the community organizations are doing in and around Fort Erie.

211 Ontario - COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Air Miles - Air Miles has updated their website to include links to their partner agencies regarding COVID-19.  They have also launched a site starting on April 6, 2020 where you can use Dream Miles to donate to Kids Help Phone and Food Banks Canada.  For more information please visit their website at: www.airmiles.ca/donate .

Association of Municipalities of Ontario - AMO Update: Non-essential businesses to close at midnight tonight

ATTCH Niagara - The Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (ATTCH) Niagara is a NonProfit Organization modelled after the Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (ATTCH) and current best practice treatment for healing mental health, trauma and attachment dysregulation.  ATTCH Niagara has a safe & inclusive Facebook Group to provide free interactive activities for people who are living alone, feeling lonely and want to make new connections. If you would like to connect please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/2973605442729733 or contact: reception@attch.org.  You can also visit their website at: www.attchniagara.com 

Autism Ontario - All Autism Ontario events are cancelled and no face to face visits at this time, but they are still available by phone or email. Visit https://www.autismontario.com/ for more information regarding closures and current updates.

Big Brothers Big Sisters - COVID-19 is adding to the stresses families were already facing pre-pandemic and straining them emotionally. We know that social isolation will only increase the risk factors for the children and youth in our programs, who were already facing adversities before the start of this pandemic.

Our professional staff will provide social connection at a time of physical distancing; be a community social safety net and support distance learning. Staff continue to support and monitor matches during COVID 19 through virtual platforms such as remote video meetings, telephone/text and email communications.

We anticipate that the number of new volunteers we are going to need is going to increase substantially in the coming months in order to meet both new community requests for service and to also address our existing waitlist of children. During these challenging times one of our main priorities is to ensure the protection of children in our communities. To this end we are still recruiting volunteers to mentor children and youth in our community as we continue to support them and to keep them safe. We have adapted our recruitment and volunteer screening process so that we can complete it virtually.

If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in mentoring, you can contact: Simon Skinner, Community Engagement Developer at Simon.skinner@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca or 289 547 5454 or visit the website at 
https://bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/ .

Bridges Community Health Centre - All Bridges CHC groups have been cancelled until further notice.  If you are a Bridges client with an appointment, please expect phone and in person screening prior to appointments.  For the latest updates from Bridges Community Health Centre please visit: https://www.bridgeschc.ca/

Community Outreach Program Erie (COPE) - If you are in need of Food Bank services COPE is still servicing those in need (the clothing and household goods program is suspended at this time).  Please call 905-871-2526 or email outreach@becon.org for information on how to access the Food Bank Services.  For further information please visit: https://niagara.cioc.ca/record/NIA0992 

Crystal Ridge Community Church Food Bank Services - 241 Elwood Ave, Crystal Beach, 905-894-6922.  Please call for information regarding their food program to help those in need.

Diabetes Canada - is operating with limited staffing at this time.  Please visit their website at https://www.diabetes.ca/ to get more information on how you can get support during COVID-19.  Diabetes has also suspended their clothing/household items pick-up service and drop-off donation boxes.  Please do not use the boxes or drop your items off in front of the boxes.  Diabetes Canada is asking you to hang on to these items until these services can be resumed.  For more information regarding the changes in donation services you can visit their website for updates.

Dr. Mitchell Walk-In Clinic - Dr. Mitchell is offering a Virtual Care Clinic open daily from 10am - 4pm, 7-days per week during the COVID-19 Emergency Period.  For more information or to set up an appointment, please call 905-994-9417 or email walkinsupport@cogeco.net.

Family Support Niagara - Hosting Mindfulness & Meditation seminars via Zoom every Monday night.  Visit http://www.familysupportniagara.com/ for more information on how to join.

Fort Erie Community Food Assistance - Feeding Fort Erie is a volunteer group who have been working to provide warm meals to people in our community for a number of years.  Because schools are closed, Community Crew is delivering food to children who might otherwise go without at home, rather than at school.  Families with elementary-school-aged children can register their children online. Neighbours can also refer families online. The lunches are delivered once a week while practicing safe distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak. To register online, please visit https://communitycrew.ca/lunch-delivery/ .  For more information regarding Food Services in Fort Erie click here to download a poster with more information.

Fort Erie Public Libraries - All Fort Erie Public Libraries are closed as mandated by the Provincial Government due to the risks associated with the COVID-19 virus. Please visit https://www.fepl.ca/ for more information on what the library is offering during this time and information regarding borrowed books, memberships and scheduled events.  The library is seeking people to submit their COVID-19 community pictures so they can be archived.  Pictures that show fenced off parks, grocery lines, no cars on the usually busy roads, community spirit, chalk/window art, etc.  Please submit your photos at https://www.fepl.ca/community_archive.php and put the subject as COVID-19 Archive.

Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region (LDANR) - Has cancelled the last two weeks of winter programming. Spring program applications are still scheduled to open Monday, March 23rd, however the spring program schedule remains tentative and may change depending on how the COVID-19 situation unfolds.  They have lots of books to donate to anyone looking for books.  Visit https://ldaniagara.org/ for further information and contact info.

Matthew House Refugee Ministry in Fort Erie - Requesting supplies of hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, bleach, gloves, masks, baby diapers (various sizes) and any form of food.  Visit http://matthewhouseforterie.com/ for more information regarding services and how to help.

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) - Has closely monitored the evolving COVID -19 risks to public health and safety and we regret to inform our community that due to the seriousness of COVID-19, and in an effort to support social distancing, entrance to conservation parks will be closed as of March 26th 2020.  This decision has been made in coordination with our municipal partners and is based on advice from public health officials. NPCA’s top priority remains the health and safety of our staff and visitors and the closure of our conservation areas is in line with what Federal and Provincial leaders as well as Public Health experts.  We must all work together to help stop the spread of Covid-19 through social distancing and staying home as much as possible. NPCA appreciates your understanding and cooperation. Visit https://npca.ca/ for more information.

Pathstone Mental Health - In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Pathstone Mental Health sites are now CLOSED.  Children, youth and families can receive mental health counselling & support, through our Crisis Line 24/7 at 1-800-263-4944. Visit https://pathstonementalhealth.ca/ for more information regarding services at this time.

Primary Care Niagara - Will close to routine face to face patient visits and now conducting patient consultations over the phone.  Visit https://primarycareniagara.com/ for the latest information regarding the clinic.

Salvation Army - Will continue to run the food bank until further notice.  All other programs are suspended until the all-clear from Public Health.  Visit http://salvationarmyforterie.org/ for further information. 

Niagara Region

Community Services - The government is providing social services relief funding to help protect the health and safety of the province's most vulnerable people.  This includes: expanding access to Emergency Assistance and increasing access to Discretionary Benefits.  For information on how to apply for Ontario Works / Emergency Assistance please visit https://www.niagararegion.ca/social-services/default.aspx?home_task=1 or click here for a information page from Community Services Niagara Region.  You can also call the intake line at 905-641-9230. 

Food Banks - For more information regarding Food Banks in your area please visit https://www.niagararegion.ca/social-services/food-for-all.aspx

Niagara Gatekeepers - Measures to support seniors in the community amidst COVID-19 - During this time, Seniors Services, in partnership with local community agencies, will be taking a number of measures to support isolated and/or vulnerable seniors in the community, including:

  • Launching a Neighbour to Neighbour Campaign
  • Directing Residents to the Niagara Gatekeepers line: 905-684-0968, should they identify elderly neighbours that need help in this difficult time.

For further information regarding this program, please visit: https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/seniors/programs/gatekeepers.aspx 

Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games & PSI Niagara to Present 'Niagara Light of Hope' During the Month of May Across the Region.

On Saturday, May 9th in Fort Erie from 9-10 pm, Niagara 2021 & PSI Niagara will present Niagara Light of Hope to help unify Niagara’s residents with a message of hope and solidarity amidst COVID-19 pandemic. This 2 week tour will see lights over all of Niagara's 13 Municipalities. Check the full schedule here: https://bit.ly/3dhXgbw  

Province of Ontario

Government takes steps to limit COVID-19 spread at construction sites

Ontario providing electricity relief during COVID-19

Ontario Implements enhanced measures to protect the safety of residents in long-term-care homes

Stop the Spread business information line now open

Government of Canada

Government introduces Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses