A COVID Update from SIRCH Community Services — May
Covid-19 has affected us all. But the effects of the pandemic on some residents of Haliburton County have been harder than on others. Seniors make up 32% of our population. 30% of families are led by single parents. Haliburton County has a 23% child poverty rate. These residents are extra vulnerable and need help.
So what is SIRCH doing?
Haliburton’s own Rowan Tofflemire gives us a firsthand look at how SIRCH Community Services has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our chef and his team are cooking and freezing 600-800 healthy meals and soups every week to give out free! We send them to low-income seniors and family housing units in Minden, Haliburton and Wilberforce, to HHHS, Dorset Health Hub and other organizations, and to food banks.
Prepared meals are essential for those who are elderly, ill, lacking resources, experiencing depression/anxiety, self-isolating or homeless. The meals are free and available to anyone.
With the help of Lakeside Baptist Church, we are also giving additional fruit (sauces, crisps) with every meal.
Everyone working with food wear face shields, gloves, masks and sanitize everything!
“They’re telling the public to have a 2 week supply of food. OMG how? I skip breakfast and lunch so my kids will be fed. My landlord told me about the SIRCH meals – they have made all the difference to us.”
“I was self-isolating and feeling very lonely. My neighbour brought me some meals from SIRCH. It was the bright spot in my day!”
We are open on weekends for take-out … Saturdays and Sundays from 11 – 2 our staff or volunteers, using social distancing, hand out dozens of meals at 2 Victoria Street in Haliburton.
We are collecting hundreds of cloth masks and have partnered with Haliburton Highlands Health Services who sanitize them, keep some, and give some back to SIRCH to distribute to other frontline workers.
We are supporting pregnant women and women with young children in both Haliburton County and in City of Kawartha Lakes through our CAPC and CPNP Programs, who are living in “conditions of risk” such as low income, single parenting, facing health or mental health issues, etc. Although not gathering in groups we are able to call, text, meet via Zoom, offer gift cards and other resources.
Thrift Warehouse (Haliburton and Bancroft stores)
We have closed both Thrift Warehouses to shoppers, but have an online store, and are taking donations by appointment.
You can visit our online store at www.shopthrift.sirch.on.ca.
We have paused Repair Café, School’s Cool, Cook It Up, Ready for Retail, and our Catering for a Cause until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Please keep up to date by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Ways you can help:
- Pick up some free healthy meals on the weekend and take them to a neighbour, friend or family member who could use them.
- Purchase something from the SIRCH Thrift Warehouse online store.
- Donate good used furniture or household items to Thrift Warehouse by appointment.
- Sew fabric masks for frontline workers, and bring them to SIRCH for distribution.
- Donate to SIRCH via:
- VISA or Master Card – give monthly or one-time. Call in with your card: 705-457-1742
- Online (go to our website www.sirch.on.ca)
- Via e-transfer (firstname.lastname@example.org – send password in a separate email)
- By cheque. Drop off or mail to SIRCH Community Services, Box 687, 49 Maple Ave, Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0