Keeping our communities safe
Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana cares about the health, safety and well-being of the individuals we serve, our staff and those in our communities. Based on guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as state and local health officials, we are putting some safety measures in place within all our locations as we prepare for the impact of COVID-19.
At this time, we are limiting the number of visitors to all our programs and facilities. Each program and facility has its own visiting policy, so we ask that you call before visiting any of our locations. Please contact 504-482-2130 to reach the individual program or facility to learn of their specific visitor policy during this critical time.
As a cautionary measure, visitation from family members and other guests will not be allowed unless medically necessary at the following locations:
- Our four residential housing developments for seniors - Academy Place, Bayou Villa, Terraces on Tulane, and Wisdom Manor
- Our single-room occupancy facilities (SRO) on Canal Street and Tulane Avenue
- Our seven group homes for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities
- Our residential reentry facility
- Our two veterans’ transitional housing facilities
Only medical personnel and staff will be allowed into the building. Effective immediately, we will require all essential visitors, residents, and staff to take a safety screening prior to entering the building. This is at the recommendation of the CDC.
Additionally, loitering outside will not be permitted at any residential facility. This also applies to residents at Bayou Cane, Centennial Place, Elysian Courtyards and The Groves at Mile Branch. These actions are in the best interest of our community to adhere to the CDC’s social distancing recommendations.
PROGRAMS & FACILITIES
Within all our programs and facilities, we are cleaning and disinfecting all common areas and increasing the frequency of cleaning common touch points including doorknobs, handrails, bathroom surfaces and fixtures, computer keyboards, phones, etc. In addition, we will continue to monitor staff and residents' health, particularly with respect to flu-like symptoms. We are confident these safety measures will keep those we serve safe and healthy.
OUR STAFF and Volunteers
In response to guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local and state health professionals and Louisiana’s Governor to decrease the exposure and spread of COVID-19, we are advising all staff to stay at home if they are sick. In addition, we have enacted a work from home policy for administrative and non-direct client care employees.
- All non-essential business travel is suspended.
- Until further notice we are suspending all volunteer opportunities.
We feel confident that taking these measures will protect everyone. We recognize this is an evolving situation and we will continue to provide updates as things change and post them on our social media channels and website. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and one another. We will get through this.
For the latest updates and news on COVID-19, visit the www.cdc.gov/covid19.