CANCER CONNECTION RESPONDS TO COVID-19
Cancer Connection continues to provide Befriending (one to-one-support) by telephone and is offering all of our support groups and some programs via remote technology.
February 11, 2021:
New call center launches to help residents 75 and older who cannot schedule appointments using the website: www.mass.gov/covid-O0p9
No access to internet? the Call Center hours are: Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.
Live call center workers will be available in English and Spanish, and 100 additional languages will be available through translators. The line can be accessed by dialing 2–1–1 and selecting the prompt for “Help Scheduling a Vaccine Appointment.”
Residents may have to wait on the line given expected high call volume. Once connected with a representative, the caller will be asked to confirm he/she is 75 or older and either has no internet access or otherwise cannot use the website to book an appointment.
Please continue to tell your friends and family facing cancer that we are here for them.
Befrienders are available by phone during our regular Befriending hours:
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 10 AM - 2 PM and Wednesday 10 AM - 12 Noon.
Call the center (413) 586-1642 and leave a message with your contact information and available times. A Befriender will call you back.
The Center at 41 Locust St, Northampton, remains closed to in-person services.
We are Cancer Connection and we care for you.
As Massachusetts reopens with a phased approach, Cancer Connection will also reopen in phases. When our Center can reopen, we will move with care and safety to offer integrative therapies, programs, and support groups at that location once again.
As always, we invite you to call or email if you are, or someone you care for is, dealing with cancer. 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 and available times. We will call you back as soon as possible.
Center Phone: 413-586-1642
Please check our Programs page for information about our current offerings and call us at 413-586-1642 for support, to learn more, and to register.
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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.
Updated guidance and information about health and safety
Please read and follow the guidance on this flyer from the Massachusetts Department of Health:
Additional sources of information are available here:
City of Northampton Health Department
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Baystate Health System
Holyoke Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center (COVID-19 info located at Trinity Health of NE site)
Please help us all to keep each other safe!
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