COVID-19 CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE
Watch interviews with faith leaders about how their churches are responding to COVID-19.
COVID-19 RESOURCES & INFO
RESOURCES FOR CONGREGATIONS
PLANNING & PREPARATION
Center for Disease Control
Corona Response Training for Churches
LifeWay: Online training and checklists
A Concise Coronavirus Guide for Churches
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Humanitarian Disaster Institute
• CoronavirusandtheChurch.com Resources to assist churches and ministry leaders to prepare for and respond to the Coronavirus.
CARES Act for Churches Overview
Littler: Workplace Policy Institute
The CARES Act & Your Church Staff
Church Law and Tax
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
EDUCATION & FAITH
Daycares for Essentials Employees
Comcast: COVID-19 Internet Essentials
How to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus
Downloadable Resources ENG | ESP
Coping with Anxiety During COVID-19
Supporting a Loved One Struggling
HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE THE VIRUS IN THE HOUSTON AREA?
To find the most current number of identified positive cases click here.
WHAT ARE BEST PRACTICES FOR CLEANING & DISINFECTION?
The CDC website has a disinfection guide on how to keep your space clean.
HOW DO I GET TESTED?
Use the Harris County/Houston Coronavirus Disease online self-assessment tool to help determine whether you may need further assessment or need to be tested and to receive further instruction. People in other counties should call your local health department and meet certain criteria before you get tested. A step-by-step guide can be found on the CDC website.
WHAT DO WE DO IF SOMEONE IN OUR HOME IS INFECTED?
At this time, the CDC is asking for anyone who has the virus or thinks that they might have the virus, to be practicing social distancing, even within their own family or home. The CDC recommends these precautions for households where a member has COVID-19 or symptoms.
WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO THOSE THAT ARE VULNERABLE AND/OR POTENTIALLY AFFECTED?
If you or someone you know is potentially affected by COVID-19, Ready Harris is available to guide you through what that person may need specifically. Visit ReadyHarris.org for more information.
• Harris Co. 832-927-7575 9am-7pm
• Houston 832-393-4220 M-F 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-3pm
• Fort Bend Co. 281-633-7795 M-F 8am-5pm
• Galveston Co. 409-938-7221 M-F 8am-5pm
• TX Dept of Health 1-877-570-9779 M-F 7am-8pm
HOW CAN WE SERVE OUR COMMUNITY DURING THIS TIME?
Multiple volunteer opportunities can be found here.
WHAT ARE WAYS FAMILIES AND SENIOR CITIZENS CAN GET FOOD DURING THIS TIME?
The Houston Food Bank has created "grab & go" lunches to allow families to "drive-thru" to pick up lunches. Click here to see locations.
CrowdSource Rescue connects volunteers to assist with no-contact food deliveries to high-risk Houston residents.
Meals on Wheels is also providing "drive-thru" and no-contact food deliveries for homebound seniors. Click here for more information on applying or volunteering.
WHAT CAN MY CONGREGATION DO TO HELP WITH FOOD DISTRIBUTION?
Churches can apply to become a temporary distribution center with the Houston Food Bank by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit HoustonFoodBank.org to see where there may be a need for additional temporary agencies near you.
NOW THAT BUSINESSES ARE OPENING BACK UP, IS IT SAFE FOR OUR CONGREGATION TO START MEETING IN PERSON AGAIN?
Suggested guidelines for safely reopening your congregation for in-person services can can be found here.
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