As Greene County enters a period of shelter in place, Harmony House is classified as an essential service and will remain open during the stay at home mandate. However, it is anticipated that access to services will become more limited in the coming days. The shelter is currently at capacity and will most likely remain at or near capacity during this period.
Harmony House has put into place the following procedures to comply with the local mandate and to ensure the safety of our staff, residents, and volunteers.
- Residents will be asked to stay in the shelter unless accessing essential services. Residents will continue to have all basic needs met, including meals, medications, case management meetings by phone and books/crafts to help avoid boredom.
- Advocates, key leadership, maintenance and kitchen staff will continue to report to work to assist residents and to maintain operations within our facility. All remaining staff have been directed to work from home for the foreseeable future.
- Shelter services will be limited as we enforce strict social distancing to protect current residents.
- Common areas of shelter are now being cleaned and sanitized four times each day. Residents have been provided cleaning supplies and will sanitize their rooms each day.
- In accordance with the new federal ordinance of no more than 10 people gathered in one place at a time, we’ve moved to “grab n go” meals which residents can eat in their rooms.
- Harmony House donations center is closed until further notice.
- Harmony House volunteers are excused from their normal shifts until further notice.
- We ask that residents self-report to the AO any symptoms they experience such as a fever of 100.4 or higher, dry cough, and shortness of breath.
- In an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in shelter, residents will “quarantine in place.” If a resident is exhibiting COVID-19 signs, then that resident and their roommates must be quarantined in their room for the required 14 days or until they are tested and receive a negative outcome.
The Harmony House Hotline will be available 24/7 during the lockdown. If you need advice, help with safety planning, or guidance please call 417-864-SAFE. Please call 911 if you are in imminent danger.