Dream Centers of Michigan COVID-19 response
As you all are aware, the COVID-19 virus has significantly impacted our region in unprecedented ways in recent weeks. We, like everyone else, have been closely following the situation from a state, national and local level. Although this is an extremely challenging situation, we want you all to know that we have a strong Leadership Team that has developed a plan to safely guide us to the other side of this pandemic. This situation is fluid and ever changing, and our Leadership Team is staying informed and adjusting as new information is provided.
Rest assured, the Dream Centers of Michigan is as dedicated as ever to our participants. We are planning and working diligently to ensure that they continue to experience the love of Christ, flourish and move toward self-sustainability.
Please consider giving to our Critical Needs Fund to specifically support Covid-19 efforts and ongoing services for our current clients.
- Feed more people
- Employ more people
- Develop more leaders
- Educate more kids
WHERE CAN I SERVE/HOW CAN I HELP?
**Please note all food distributions occur on the exterior of the building. See below for all precautions the Dream Center is taking to keep the environment as safe as possible.
**For social distancing purposes no more than 6 volunteers will serve per day. We are adhering to Oakland County Health Officials orders for essential businesses.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is the Dream Centers of Michigan open?
The building is closed but we continue to serve. Workforce development coaches continue to meet with their clients. Families & kids participating in our after-school program receive weekly calls and cards in the mail. Our residential program is proceeding as normal, as normal as it can in these unprecedented times.
Should People Come to the Dream Center if They are Feeling Sick?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that anyone who is feeling sick stay home for their safety and the safety of those around them. If you aren’t feeling well, we encourage you to rest at home while being mindful of sharing germs with those you live with.
What Precautions is the Dream Center Taking to Make the Environment as Safe as Possible?
We are taking the following precautions at the Dream Center:
- We will disinfect frequently touched including rails, doorknobs, handles, and restrooms. Team members who clean these surfaces, as well as individuals who prepare any food or beverages, will wear disposable gloves.
- Staff who welcome you to the Dream Center will not shake hands or hug you.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the building in common areas.
- Only staff and pre-registered volunteers are allowed in the building and in small numbers.
- Mask and gloves are required for all
What Precautions Can People Take When They Come to the Dream Center?
In addition to the efforts of our team, we ask you to join us in keeping yourself and others healthy. Here are some tips from the CDC to keep in mind for you and your kids:
- Be mindful of physical contact with others, giving a smile or wave where you might normally offer a hug or handshake.
- Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, or mouth and be sure to wash your hands with soap and water often.
- If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a sleeve or tissue then wash your hands immediately after.
- If you aren’t feeling well, see your doctor and stay home from work or church. Be mindful of sharing germs with the people you live with as well.
How Can I Better Understand the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It’s part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold.
The COVID-19 outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, COVID-19 seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The CDC states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.