COVID-19 Update

When our six community centers closed on March 17, a lifeline to socialization, a nutritious meal, and exercise was cut off. But as an essential service, Berks Encore did not skip a beat in making sure we were there for our seniors even though they could no longer come to us.

  • Many of our Meals on Wheels volunteers in the at-risk category understandably stayed home for their safety. Staff stepped up and filled in until new volunteers could be enlisted to make sure none of the 650 deliveries to homebound seniors were missed.

  • With a 30% increase in demand for Meals on Wheels service, care managers are making phone assessments and enrolling new participants as quickly as possible.

  • Volunteers have adjusted to masks and social distance for packing meals and deliveries are now made to porches and breezeways in insulated coolers as physical contact is limited.

  • Other volunteers and staff are making phone calls to check in on those homebound neighbors who used to come to our exercise classes and centers.

  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing has become the “new normal”.

  • An anonymous donor provided funds to purchase enough food and supplies from Helping Harvest to fill 2000 emergency food boxes.

  • New offers to help flooded our emails and voicemail – as people out of work were willing to give time to help the most vulnerable in our community.

At Berks Encore, we are ensuring that seniors in need in our community continue to receive the services, supplies, and resources to stay safe in their own homes.

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