As part of Casa San Jose’s continued commitment to provide support to the LatinX community, we want to share with you how our organization is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. Each day we are learning more about how this crisis is impacting our communities where we live and work. For us that means understanding how it affects our employees and our clients and making the necessary adjustments to ensure the health and safety of all.
WHAT IS CASA SAN JOSE DOING TO RESPOND TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK?
- To comply with the guidelines provided by the CDC and to ensure the safety of our community members and staff, Casa San Jose is operating via phone calls until further notice. For all general inquiries call during regular business hours (412) 343-3111. For emergencies related to immigration cases only, call (412) 736-7167.
- Through our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter at @casasanjosepgh), we are constantly sharing critical information in Spanish related to news about the outbreak, available city resources, emergency response, etc. The main sources of the information come from key sites in Allegheny County and state and federal agencies. For information only issued in English, Casa San Jose is translating them into Spanish. We are also providing information through WhatsApp at (412) 452-5144.
- All our programming (After school program, Youth with Purpose, Bridges to the Future, Casita, the Glass Blowing Class, ESL Classes, Reading group, and Advisory group) are cancelled in both of our offices in Beechview and East Liberty, until further notice. Walk-ins in both locations have also been temporarily suspended.
- In close coordination with our partners and donors, we are working to provide food, cleaning items and other resources to the Latinx community. This effort has allowed us to assist more than 200 people in the last two weeks.
- We are conducting on demand one-on-one follow ups with our clients to ensure their needs are met.
- We are actively advocating for the Shutdown of Berks Detention Center. In the face of this outbreak we believe that immigrant families deserve to be safe.
- Casa San Jose is also advocating for the decarceration of Allegheny County Jail and the stop of all evictions in the city. Find more information here.
How you can help
- Cash Donations: Our work in support of our vulnerable LatinX community during this crisis is crucial, and we can’t do so without your support. Please consider a donation by using the link provided in our website.
- Non-Perishable food and cleaning items: If you would like to donate non-perishable food and cleaning items, please call (412) 343-3111 for more information.
- Take Action: #ShutdownBerks – We continue insisting that Governor Wolf immediately Issue an Emergency Removal Order to shut down Berks County Detention Center. Please email him here or call: Governor Tom Wolf 717-787-2500, Lt. Gov. Fetterman 717-787-3300, or PA DHS Secretary Miller 717-787-2600. The families imprisoned there, with children as young as 2 years old, are dangerously vulnerable to the virus, and without proper medical care or sanitation. Family detention is not only immoral, it’s illegal.
- Follow us and Share: Follow Casa San Jose’s social media @casasanjosepgh and help us share up to date information about the outbreak, our work and the needs of our community.