The COVID-19 public health crisis in Oregon is evolving rapidly, and we are constantly monitoring the situation, following guidelines, and adapting to best care for everyone in our community. We are trying to find the balance of providing the core services needed at this time of crisis—and support our staff to be safe and work remotely whenever possible.
We have made the difficult decision to close our offices to the public until further notice. This includes IRCO Main, Asian Family Center, Africa House and all other co-located sites. As we monitor the situation, closures may need to be extended and we will post updates HERE.
We are adapting our services to be as safe as possible, while continuing to support Oregon’s most vulnerable and isolated communities. Planned public events—regardless of size—are cancelled or postponed. We are encouraging all elders 60+ or in other higher-risk groups with chronic conditions to stay home safe. We will continue to staff essential employees but most staff will be teleworking. We are staggering appointments and rescheduling non-critical appointments until it is safe to meet in person again. Home visits are limited to only critical visits—assessments and non-crisis check ins are provided via phone.
We still need your support. More than 35,000 people rely on us each year, and in times of crisis like this, that number grows. The effects of COVID-19 on our community disproportionately impact the people IRCO serves—people with limited English language skills, families with low incomes, individuals with chronic health disparities, elders, and those who cannot easily access internet and digital devices. Our job placements are in industries being hit hard by COVID-19, like food service, hospitality, health care and airports. As schools close, our families are left without childcare and are forced to miss work. Most of our newcomers do not qualify for unemployment because of limited time working in the U.S.
We are addressing these challenges. You can help us make an impact. Give today.
Please note that at this time, all donations should be made online or by mail. No in-person drop-offs or in-kind donations (toys, clothes, etc.), please!
Check our website and social media channels for continued updates. We also ask that you refer to public health agencies such as the Oregon Health Authority and Center for Disease Control to ensure that correct information on COVID-19 is shared.
Together, we will emerge from this stronger.
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