Family Resources

Dear Danvers Families,

At this time, we are sharing some resources for families.  Below you will find links and contact information in various areas of support.  Please choose the resources that best fit your family.

For resources about Talking to your Child About COVID-19, please see the Parent Resource chart below: 

How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus

Open Circle

News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere, and it is critical for us to be intentional about how we talk to children about what they are hearing.”

How to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus

Talking to Teen/Tweens about Coronavirus

What Kids Want to Know

A Comic created from NPR based on interviews with experts

What Kids Want to Know

Homeschooling Teens and Tweens while schools are closed

Advice if you are trying to keep a routine of learning going for your child(ren).

Homeschooling Teens

Managing Coronavirus Anxiety

Free Lunch Option: Delivery or Pickup for Families in Need

In order to better serve families in need, we have decided to expand our school lunch service during the closure. We will be offering the program to ALL Danvers citizens in need.

If you would like to receive a prepared lunch, please email lunch@danvers.org by 9am each day with your name, address, number of family members and lunch(s) of choice. Our staff and volunteers will deliver to your home and leave on your doorstep. The following choices will be available:

  1. Turkey and cheese
  2. Ham and cheese
  3. Tuna salad
  4. Salad

Lunches will also remain available for pickup between 11am and 1pm, Monday through Friday.

Resources For Those Experiencing Homelessness

Food

  • As of today, only public schools where at least 50 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals or Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) area eligible open sites that were operational in the Summer of 2019 are currently eligible for USDA reimbursement for meals served during school closures.
  • DESE has also been in discussions with the Department of Transitional Assistance, Project Bread, and the regional Food Bank system about ancillary services during this effort.
  • As meal distribution sites are approved DESE will work with its outreach partner Project Bread to ensure the public is notified of student meal site locations and service times. In the meantime, promote meal sites locally.
  • Counselors at Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 are available to connect your community to food resources in their community as well as provide them with information about elder meals programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The Hotline will continue to operate Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm, and can provide information in 160 languages through our Language Line. Promote this as needed.

Shelter

  • The shelter system is still up and running . Local Office are closed are closed Monday and Tuesday this week (3/16 and 3/17).  Do not send families into local offices.
  • Shelter applications can and should be done by phone at 1-866-584-0653
  • If you are working/talking with families in shelter stress the need to follow all the prevention strategies posted by DPH – hand washing, social distancing, cleaning surfaces and so forth.  This is very  important in shelters just like anywhere else.
  • Families must follow shelter quarantine/isolation rules should those go into effect.
  • Families should not be worrying about housing search at this time.  They may still apply for housing online and work with their case managers by phone.
  • DHCD will be encouraging housing authorities temporarily not to take any action against tenants who have a family doubling up and Housing courts are suspending eviction proceedings temporarily.

Campus housing

  • As of March16, state universities and UMass campuses have committed to housing homeless students in residential housing even as classes shift on line. This is a fluid situation, however, and circumstances may change as public health guidance shifts. Students who are concerned about their ability to remain on campus should reach out to their Single Point of Contact (SPOC) and/or staff in their campus student affairs office.

Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

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