4-29-2020 UPDATE FROM CANCER CONNECTION RE COVID-19

Cancer Connection’s Center and Thrift Shop are currently closed.

Gov. Baker has extended his order that all non-essential businesses remain closed, until at least May 18th, and issued an advisory for state residents “to stay home and limit all unnecessary activities.” For the safety of our participants, staff, and volunteers during this crisis, we are making every effort to communicate with and provide services to those in need through remote means. We appreciate your patience as we adapt to this changed work environment. Thank you for your support for Cancer Connection during this time. Your gift provides hope and strength to those facing cancer now and in the future. Please click here for learn ways to donate. Please check here for updates on our response to this ongoing crisis. For more information about the Cancer Connection Thrift Shop closure, check their page for updates.
Thank you.

IMPORTANT NEWS for anyone seeking support while dealing with cancer or for anyone who is a loved one or caregiver:

Call us at 413-586-1642 Our Befrienders are available to talk, listen, share information, and offer our services where we can during this time of in-person closure. If you do not reach a Befriender, please leave a message. We will call you back as soon as possible.

Since we can't bring you inside our living room today, we'd like to share the calming sound of a singing bowl. This was recorded in our living room along with an image from our new oriental rug (Thank you CC Thrift Shop!). It's 23 seconds of Zen to calm the soul. Click here to enjoy. 

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Effective since Monday March 16, 2020, we are:


• Closing the Cancer Connection Thrift Shop to all volunteers, customers, and donors.

We plan to stay closed until the state order is lifted and it is safe to reopen (May 18th at the earliest). We will evaluate this schedule as we gain more information.

• Closing the Cancer Connection Center to participants.

We plan to stay closed until the state order is lifted and it is safe to reopen (May 18th at the earliest). We will evaluate this schedule as we gain more information.

• Cancelling all in-person integrative therapies, programs, workshops, and groups*

*with the exception of those that can be conducted by telephone or by remote conferencing. (see our Programs page for additional information.)

• Holding Calming Strategies, which can be conducted by telephone.

• Asking all Support Groups to go on hiatus, unless they would like to continue meeting remotely.

• Continuing to provide telephone-only Befriending during our usual drop-in hours, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 10am - 2pm and Wednesday 10am - 12noon.

• Encouraging all facilitators to use phone conference calls and remote conferencing for their groups and programs, if sufficient interest and as seems appropriate.

• Cancelling in-person programs scheduled between now and May 18th at 41 Locust Street and at other locations.

• This includes Monthly Reiki Nights, Metastatic Breast Cancer Retreat, Breast Cancer Programs Meetings, Monthly Mindfulness (April), and To Be or Not To Be.

• Continuing certain programs if they can be held remotely**

**including Support Groups, Knitting, Spirit of the Written Word, Clay, Collage, and A Mindful Practice. Facilitators will check with their participants to assess if a certain percentage agree to participate remotely. If not enough participants are interested, the program / group will go on hiatus until further notice.

• Postponing programs that have not yet started or have additional sessions before May 18:

Card-Making Workshop, Papercut Workshop, Alcohol Inks Workshop, Self-Care Reiki, Rest to Heal, Music and Movement, Pilates, Listening Skills.

We are not at this time making any schedule changes for programs scheduled to begin after May 18, 2020.

We will assess the need for any changes as we receive more information.

 

Please read and follow the guidance on this flyer from the Massachusetts Department of Health:

https://www.mass.gov/doc/stop-the-spread-of-germs-respiratory-diseases-like-flu-and-covid-19/download


Additional sources of information are available here:

City of Northampton Health Department
https://www.northamptonma.gov/245/Health

Cooley Dickinson Hospital
https://www.cooleydickinson.org/2020/03/coronavirus-q-a/

Baystate Health System
https://www.baystatehealth.org/covid19

Holyoke Medical Center
https://www.holyokehealth.com/patients-visitors/covid-19-information-update/

Please help us all to keep each other safe!

Since we can't bring you inside our living room today, we'd like to share the calming sound of a singing bowl. This was recorded in our living room along with an image from our new oriental rug (Thank you CC Thrift Shop!). It's 23 seconds of Zen to calm the soul. Click here to enjoy. 

 

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