(as of 4/29/2020)
Residential Programs: OPEN
Barracks Row Drop-in Center: OPEN
Downtown Drop-in Center: CLOSED
At Sasha Bruce Youthwork, our participants and our staff are like family. And like you, during these last few weeks we’ve been focused on doing everything we can to keep our families safe and healthy.
As the region begins to reopen, we want to share some information about what this means for you, and how you can help us slow the spread of COVID-19
What does the gradual reopening mean for the District and Prince George’s County?
The District’s stay-at-home order was lifted today and Prince George’s County will begin a gradual reopening on June 1, but the public health emergency is still in effect. This means:
- Gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited.
- Individuals should stay six feet apart and wear a mask/face covering when around other people.
- Some stores have reopened for outdoor pick up or delivery when items are ordered online or by phone, but indoor shopping and indoor pick up remain prohibited.
- Parks, dog parks, tennis courts, tracks and fields are open, but public pools, recreation centers and indoor facilities remain closed.
Please consult your local municipality for the latest guidance.
What does this mean for Sasha Bruce Programs?
For now, you will not see many changes to our programming.
- Our emergency shelter for minors, The Bruce House, and residential programs will remain open 24 hours.
- Our 24/7 Crisis Hotline and pickup is still operating.
- Meals at our Drop-In Center are still available as “grab and go.”
- Virtual programming and counseling will continue.
- Staff will continue to take precautions around cleaning, and screening residents, staff and visitors to our buildings.
If you test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, we will provide you with support where you can be seen by a doctor and stay until you are feeling better or are cleared to return to shelter.
What You Can Do
To help prevent the spread of Covid-19, you should:
- Wear a mask at all times while in shelter and avoid contact with others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (talk to one of our counselors if you need help with supplies).
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness.
- Seek medical attention if you have reason to believe you have been exposed to COVID-19.
While our staff may be practicing social distancing, we are here for you and all youth.
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Help us meet the needs of homeless youth during this pandemic. Consider sponsoring a basic need via our giving page.
This page will be updated as information becomes available.