Well as everyone knows, the news is all about staying well and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here at Shelldale Family Gateway, we are monitoring and following the recommendations of our Public Health and Government officials. In order to keep our staff and the families and children that we serve all as safe as possible ALL Shelldale Family Gateway programs have been cancelled until April 6th. Sadly, this includes our March Break Camp, Breakfast Club and all after-school programming. The County of Wellington suspended all EarlyON programming effective March 13th.
As you can imagine, this is a hard time for our staff and the community that we serve. We are supporting staff in the best way we can manage. As Executive Director, I have let all staff know to reach out to me if they need any assistance during this incredibly stressful time. All families in the Shelldale Family Gateway community were made aware of the shut down and we provided as much assistance as we could to inform them about alternate resources in the community during this difficult time.
It is more important than ever that we garner as much community financial support for our families and children when they return. As happens with so many not-for-profit organizations, sustainability of programs is always the number one concern, and certainly this situation will further put strain on our financial resources. Fundraising and grants cover only so much, and only on a program-to-program basis and so sustainable solutions must be found!
This is where you come in.
Please, if you are able, consider making a monthly financial donation to Shelldale Family Gateway. Our support of Onward Willow and neighbourhood makes such a huge impact for our families. With the uncertainly that surrounds us all, Shelldale Family Gateway is a beacon for those families who need us most.
Stay safe and well –
Shelldale Family Gateway