Temporary changes have been made to operations at Pillars Resource Center and Pillars Adult Shelter due to a sudden spike in positive COVID-19 cases among clients.
Since June 29, nearly two dozen Pillars clients have been moved into Pillars-owned housing units to isolate or quarantine after testing positive for the virus or being a close contact to someone who did. Pillars leadership jumped into action to turn existing units into safe spaces for individuals to rest and recover.
In an effort to stop the spread, Pillars Resource Center is closed to the public until further notice and is open by appointment only for select services. The daily van that brings clients to the Salvation Army for lunch is also suspended. Volunteers and minimal staff will remain on-site during normal business hours (weekdays from 8:30am to 4pm) to answer phone calls and check people in and out of the building.
Pillars Adult Shelter is temporarily open to clients during the day Monday through Friday. Staff from Pillars Resource Center will be providing extra support, and lunch will be provided daily at the shelter for those that are unable to get to the Salvation Army. Clients will also not be able to move locations within Pillars as an extra precaution to keep everyone safe.
“We hope to be back to normal operating procedures as soon as possible, as we understand that these disruptions pose unexpected challenges to our clients, staff, volunteers, and community,” said Kathy Dean, Pillars Crisis Housing Director.
There have been no serious infections or hospitalizations from COVID-19 at Pillars during this recent spike.