Michael's Message - Surviving COVID-19 with Aplomb
Aplomb — noun, self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation.
These are trying times indeed, and I want you to know that we at Shipley Center care about you. Here are some resources and ways for us to stay connected and have purpose, even during social-distancing and our Center’s closure, which will last at least until April 27:
Phone-A-Friend Messaging Service — Let’s Stay Connected!
We can help you get in touch with other Shipley Center member friends of yours! Forgot someone’s number or never got their number? We won’t be able to give out numbers, of course, but we can pass a message along! Just call our front desk staff during our current office hours of 10am – 2pm, and let us know the name of the member you’d like to get a message to or hear from. We will then call them and relay your message and your phone number, if you’d like to supply it, to that person. They will then have the opportunity to call you back and catch up on things a bit.
Reach out to the ones whose numbers you already have, too! Take this “home alone” time to call and check in often on friends and acquaintances. This will help alleviate loneliness and worry. We will get through this together!
Make a Mask or Surgical Gown for Someone!
The shortage of masks, even for health-care workers and first responders, is acute. Some Shipley volunteers are already hard at work, making 2-ply cotton masks to give to the County Health Department’s Emergency Operations Center. While the disposable N95 masks are the best, and surgical masks are a good 2nd choice, doctors with the health department have told us that masks made of cloth, while a bit less effective, are better than no mask at all. They are also washable and can be reused. Some law enforcement officers and caregivers don’t have masks to wear to work with people who might have symptoms. If you would like to join the gown or mask-making brigade, give us a call and we will get the latest details and specifications to you. We want to thank member Debbie Eustice for delivering 88 masks to the County Health Department that she made in one day!
Donations go TP and Supplies Being Accepted
Perhaps by the time you read this, the panic about TP will have subsided and all of us will be confident we have enough on hand. Just in case the TP situation is not resolved yet, we will accept donations of extra rolls you may have, will “quarantine” them for 2 days, and then make them available to people who truly need them and who cannot fight crowds to get more. We will also accept donations of hand sanitizer, and wipes in a donation box just outside our office door.
Referrals to Community Resources for the Help You Need
We have just found out about senior programs, lectures, discussions and courses you can enjoy for free online or even over the phone! It is called Well Connected, a Covia Foundation Community Service, and is based in San Francisco, CA. Their number to find out more, get a course catalog, or join, is 877.797.7299. Or, take a look at their website at covia.org/services/well-connected — very impressive offerings.
I wish you health, hope, blessings, and confident staying-power as we sally forth with aplomb!
P.S. If you are not getting our email updates, please call us to let us know your current email address! Also, Follow Us or check our latest news at Facebook.com/ShipleyCenter or you can visit our website at ShipleyCenter.org.
We will actually be updating the Facebook page the most. You don’t need a facebook profile or sign up for anything to view our public page. Try it! We post fun stuff on there for you, too!