SOME Response to COVID-19
We want to assure everyone in the SOME family that we are taking the public health issue surrounding COVID-19 seriously. Our staff continues to monitor the situation and follow recommendations from the CDC and DC's Department of Health and Human Services.
The health and safety of our clients, volunteers, and staff is our highest priority. While the situation is rapidly evolving, SOME remains committed to providing essential services to those experiencing homelessness and poverty in our community while doing our best to prevent the spread of the disease. To that end, SOME's services will continue to operate, with some short-term modifications. We will keep this list updated if/when things change. As of April 2, 2020, SOME's operating status is as follows:
- Dining Room: People can pick up hot to-go breakfasts and bagged lunches from 8am to 10am. Per instructions from DHS, meals must be to-go and our Dining Room will not be available for seating.
- Clothing Room: Clothing is available in emergencies only by visiting the front desk between 8am and 10am.
- Showers: Shower facilities will be open daily for men from 6am to 9:30am and for women from 9:45am to 11am. If you require special accommodations, please speak with a staff member. The waiting room will be available for use by shower patrons only.
- Mail Distribution: Mail distribution will take place Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm.
- Food Pantry: By appointment only. Please email [email protected] or call 202-695-7816 to set up an appointment. McKenna Center at 19 I St NW (down North Capital) has a pop-up market run by Capital Area Food Bank from 1:30-4:00pm Monday through Thursday.
- Donations Drop-off: Please see the list below for our most needed items. At this time we ask that our supporters hold onto donations of clothing or household items NOT listed below. If you wish to support SOME and honor DC's "stay home" mandate, please consider making a monetary donation.
- Medical and Dental Clinics: The Medicial Clinic is OPEN and accepting walk-ins ONLY. The Dental Clinic is currently closed.
- Case management and mental health services: CLOSED at both 60 O Street, Isaiah House, and the Conway Center. We are offering some services via telemedicine.
- Addictions treatment: Operating as usual.
- Senior Services:
- Senior Center: on-site activies are cancelled; staff are faciliating a daily conference call for socialization
- All seniors are receiving wellness calls and meal delivery continues as normal. Also offering twice daily conference calls for additional socialization.
- Center for Employment Training: On-site classes have been cancelled; students participating in virtual learning.
- Housing: Group events and community meetings have been cancelled or have moved online.
In addition, we are making the following modifications at our Dining Room:
Six (6) new handwashing stations will be available for use through the building and clothing room.
Purell disinfecting wipes will be handed out to guests at the start and end of each meal and be available via our front desk.
A deep clean of our dining room will take place after each round of each meal to ensure each new guest eats in a newly cleaned environment. This will include cleaning tables, chairs, floors, surfaces, doors, and doorknobs.
Any guest displaying symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, or signs of fever will be provided a meal to go and requested to visit our medical clinic for virus screening.
Our front lobby, guest waiting area, showers, and bathrooms will be regularly sanitized at least 3 times each day.
Informational announcements will be made each day to our guests to explain precautionary measures they can take themselves.
Signage of proactive hygiene practices will be placed in all high traffic areas.
SOME is also taking the precautionary measure of postponing all client-facing volunteer opportunities at 71 O Street NW until further notice, effective Saturday, March 14, 2020. We will offer several behind-the-scenes volunteer opportunities beginning March 17. These will be posted to VolunteerHub.
How You Can Help
For 50 years, SOME has been able to rely on an incredible community to support the organization and the people we serve. If you are able, monetary donations are most helpful during times of uncertainty, as your gift will ensure we are able to meet any crucial needs that come up. Donate Online
SOME is also in need of the following items to help support our clients/residents:
|Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 500mg||Tissues and toilet paper||Meals in a can (chili, ravioli, etc)|
|Alcohol wipes or rubbing alcohol||Gloves||Ginger ale and bottled water|
|Cold-Eeze lozenges||Disinfectant Wipes||Applesauce cups & yogurts|
|Cough drops||Hand sanitizer||Granola bars|
|Delsym cough syrup||Disposable to-go cups (with lids), plates & napkins||Oatmeal|
|Vicks Vaporup||Paper towels||Cereal & fruit|
|Thermometers (forehead or ear)||Lysol spray||Bread & sandwiches|
|Thermometer covers||Liquid hand soap||Cold cuts and canned proteins|
Other items include Depends, Ensure, board games, decks of cards, coloring books and supplies for children and adults, and journals. Items can be dropped off at 71 O Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 on weekdays from 8:00am to 4:00pm or on weekends from 7:00am to 2:00pm.