While Maryland has moved into Stage II reopening plans, Catholic Charities has ongoing discussions about deliberate and thoughtful ways to operate in the safest possible manner for our colleagues, volunteers, communities, and individuals we serve. We continue to ask our wonderful volunteers to stay safer at home.
At Catholic Charities, the safety and security of those we serve, and of our colleagues, volunteers and visitors, is paramount. We do not turn away individuals who need assistance we can provide. Our policies, procedures, and guidelines to prevent COVID-19 infection is part of our operational planning for continuing services in emergency situations. We continually monitor local and national conditions using guidelines and alerts from the Centers for Disease Control, the Office of the Governor, and the Maryland Department of Health. We also work in cooperation with governing bodies in all of the areas where we serve.
All organizational programs subject to city, state or federal regulations—such as Caritas House Assisted Living, Gallagher Services, Head Start and Early Head Start, St. Elizabeth’s Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Weinberg Housing and Resource Center, etc.— are adhering to and complying with those regulations as specified. Programs that work in locations owned by entities other than Catholic Charities are also consulting and/or deferring to those entities’ practices to ensure safety and health.