COVID-19 CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE
Is your congregation willing and able to join us in helping to ensure there are MASKS FOR ALL as our communities begin the process of reopening? Find out how to respond to this need.
Watch interviews with faith leaders about how their churches are responding to COVID-19.
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COVID-19 RESOURCES & INFO
RESOURCES FOR CONGREGATIONS
PLANNING & PREPARATION
LifeWay: Online training and checklists
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Humanitarian Disaster Institute
Resources to assist churches and ministry leaders to prepare for and respond to the Coronavirus.
Webinar: Preparing Your Church for Coronavirus - Fridays 12pm CST
Church Law and Tax
Littler: Workplace Policy Institute
Sample letter for volunteers and employees commuting for "Essential Businesses" or "Essential Activities" during the Stay-At-Home Order .
CONGREGATIONS NEED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
If you are a congregation or individual that can assist churches with the basics of getting their worship and donations setup online let us know. If you are a church in need of technical assistance please submit a request.
PPE FOR HEALTHCARE
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
EDUCATION & FAITH
MORE QUESTIONS RELATED TO MASKS AND FACE COVERINGS VISIT OUR "MASKS FOR ALL" PAGE.
HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE THE VIRUS IN THE HOUSTON AREA?
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.
HOW CAN MY CONGREGATION OR ORGANIZATION HELPING PROVIDE MASK FOR UNDER-RESOURCED COMMUNITIES?
Government leaders have asked Houston Responds to help provide personal use face masks to help ensure there are MASKS FOR ALL as we transition out of quarantine, especially for those in under-resourced areas. Visit our "MASKS FOR ALL" page for information.
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 email@example.com.
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?
Texas Medical Center CEOs are asking all congregations to not begin meeting in person until June 1. You can hear more about that here. Congregations can also sign this Statement of Churches on Reopening stating that your congregation will not meet in person until June.
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