Program Updates In Response to Coronavirus

Our office locations in Cullman, Decatur, and Moulton are CLOSED to the public.

The Partnership is working daily to stay up to date on the COVID-19 outbreak.  Our programs are taking steps to ensure our families, customers, and staff stay safe while still providing services when and where possible.  Each Partnership program will follow guidelines as dictated by local, state, and federal officials.  Please check this page often for the latest programmatic information.

Children’s Services

All schools in Alabama closed beginning Thursday, March 19.  Our classrooms follow the school systems where they are located and will re-open when directed by the state and local authorities.

We have provided Education Resources to help with supporting children’s learning during this challenging time.  Click the Education Resources button to access the list.

2020-21 Applications

Children’s Services staff are committed to taking applications for the 2020-21 program year even while our classroom sites are closed. 

Click the Apply Here button for contact information and instructions on how to apply for the program online.

Utility Assistance

Beginning Friday, May 22nd, all 3 office locations (Cullman, Decatur, and Moulton) will implement a new no-contact process for picking up and submitting applications for utility assistance.
For details about the new no-contact application process, or for the latest information from major local utility providers, click the Utility Assistance button.

Housing Counseling & Financial Capabilities.

Housing Counseling  sessions will be conducted via telephone, face time or skype until further notice.  If you are concerned about your housing needs or budgeting limited money please contact us at 256-260-3108.  Please leave a message and we will return calls in order asap.

Rent assistance is available to qualifying individuals affected by COVID-19.  Complete the Rent Assistance form below to send an email to the program fund manager.

Foster Grandparents

Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) services are currently suspended for the health and safety of all volunteers.  Plans to resume services will follow the direction of the school systems where the services are provided.

In-service meetings are currently suspended until further notice.

Meals on Wheels & More

Effective Monday, March 30th:

After March 30th, meal delivery will occur each Wednesday ONLY.  Recipients will receive prepackaged boxes of non-perishable food items delivered to their doors with limited personal contact.

For a pre-recorded message with program updates, call the Meals on Wheels & More kitchen at 256-351-6850.

Senior Companions

Senior Companion Program (SCP) services have been officially suspended since Wednesday, March 18th and will resume upon notification from local, state, and/or federal officials. 

In-service meetings are currently suspended until further notice.

Weatherization

All DOE and LIWAP Weatherization work is scheduled to end Tuesday, March 31st.  Contractors and inspectors are finalizing plans to finish jobs already begun.  Jobs that have not begun will be on hold until the clearance to proceed has been given.

For those needing an application call 256-260-3116 and leave a message.

Use these ADPH and CDC recommendations and requirements for COVID-19 testing.

Click on the image to open a PDF document.

 

Video Stories About Covid-19

Children’s Services Director Kim Dodd reads King Covid and the Kids Who Cared, a book by author/illustrator Nicole Rim

Children’s Services Director Kim Dodd reads Seeing Other People Wearing Masks, a book by author/illustrator Tara Tuchel of Autism Little Learners.

Alabama Department of Public Health Hotline

The Alabama Department of Public Health has set up a hotline for people who are concerned about whether they need to be tested and where testing is available.

The testing hotline is 1-888-264-2256 (888-264-CALM).

 

 

Photo credit: CNN

The Alabama Department of Public Health has created a new source for COVID-19 information.  There is now a statewide general information hotline and email address to answer questions.  This is separate from the testing hotline.

The toll-free hotline is 800-270-7268. Telephone calls are answered from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily.

The COVID-19 general information email address is covid19info@adph.state.al.us.

COVID-19 Awareness from Public Health Authorities

 

ADPH

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies to provide guidance regarding COVID-19. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including COVID-19, the public is urged to continue practicing social distancing and other precautionary measures.

    CDC

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have established steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community follow the steps outlined in a one-page printable handout HERE.

    WHO

    The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information about Coronavirus across the globe.  From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands.