A message from the President and Executive Director of Chez Doris
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to unfold, Chez Doris has taken the following measures so that our day shelter remains a safe place for our clients, staff, interns, and volunteers.
Chez Doris, along with other similar services who work with vulnerable clients, is working closely with the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l’ïle de Montréal (CIUSSS Centre-Sud) and is following the guidance of the Ministère de la Santé et des services sociaux (MSSS).
As of March 13, Chez Doris has implemented the following measures:
- We have enhanced our existing hygiene and health practices, which includes obligatory hand-sanitizing and hand-washing for anyone who enters our building. In addition, we have implemented additional disinfecting and sanitizing practices in high-touch areas.
- Out of an abundance of caution, for the time being, only basic services will be provided: breakfast and lunch, emergency clothing, hygiene products, food bags, showers, dormitory, basic cheque administration services and basic frontline services. We will offer more food bags than usual to encourage women to stay at home. Our daily operating hours continue to be from 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
- Women who are homeless are being asked to limit their circulation and are encouraged to stay at Chez Doris during our operating hours while following protocols.
- While our day beds, used primarily by homeless women, are positioned side by side, the pillows alternate between top and bottom.
In view of a scarcity of supplies, we are seeking donations of unopened, unexpired bottles of hand sanitizer, as we are very close to exhausting our current supply. We will also accept donations of No. 95 masks for clients who have a cough and/or a cold. Your monetary donations are kindly welcome as our food bag as well as our hygiene and cleaning protocols will increase our operating costs. Moving forwards, we will post any further specific needs that we might have on Facebook: facebook.com/ChezDorisRefuge. We ask that you do not drop off used clothing as our number of volunteers are reduced and we cannot sort large quantities of clothes until further notice. To donate, click here.
We will continue to be proactive in our efforts and would like to thank you for supporting our vulnerable clients and our dedicated staff and volunteers. We will continue to monitor the situation and the recommendations issued by the public health authorities.
President of the Board