April 27, 2020
“A meal is hope and love.” Oprah
Our VON Oxford team has been working diligently to help more than 800 clients during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve had to close programs and send our volunteers home. But, right away we started doing check-in calls and making resource packages. We redeployed our staff to help screen visitors at VON Sakura House and to take on the delivery routes for our Meals on Wheels program.
It has been a challenging time but it has also been incredibly rewarding to take care of our community. After six weeks of checking in and listening to clients, we are hearing that access to food and having enough food to eat are emerging issues. We knew we needed to act and we are now asking for your help.
VON Oxford has identified these funding priorities for our local VON Oxford Covid-Response Fund:
- Emergency Food Delivery
- Emergency Grocery Care Boxes
- Home Help Subsidies
- Meals on Wheels Subsidies
Will you help someone in Oxford County today? A donation of any size will help. You can donate now to the VON Oxford Covid-19 Response Fund. Learn more here.
March 23, 2020
VON Oxford has cancelled the following programs until further notice:
• Adult Day Program (Woodstock, Tillsonburg and Ingersoll)
• Bathing program (Woodstock and Tillsonburg)
• Overnight respite program (Woodstock)
We will offer other supports to clients as we are able to provide. We are thinking of all of our clients and their families during this closure. If you have questions, please call 519-539-1231.
March 16, 2020
In response to the risk of COVID-19, VON Oxford has made the decision to close group/congregate programs effective immediately and until further notice.
This includes the following programs;
• SMART exercise classes
• Dining Programs
• Grief and bereavement groups
• Blood Pressure Clinics
Other programs continue to run at this time. Our staff are completing screeners on ALL clients prior to providing service. If they experience any symptoms, clients are moved to a cough corner and sent home immediately. Those who live with someone in self-isolation should not attend work/programs.
Programs continuing to run at this time are as follows;
• Adult Day and Overnight Respite programs
• Meals on Wheels
• Transportation – medical appointments only
• Home at Last
VON is encouraging that our staff work from home if possible. Instead of coming into our office, we encourage:
Clients to make their bill payments online through their banks, call in a credit card payment or mail a cheque;
Cheques can be mailed to VON Oxford at 550 Ingersoll Avenue, Woodstock, ON N4S 4Y3
Please call 519-539-1231 for any questions related to programs.
If you have questions about donations or your 2019 charitable tax receipt, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-476-8848.