An Update on Fearrington Cares Services While We Are Remaining Closed Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Please visit this page for details about the services (including Zoom movement classes) we are able to provide during this time of social-distancing requirements and while we have to remain closed to protect the health and safety of both staff and clients.
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Gratitude in Challenging Times: A Note from Karen Metzguer, RN, Nurse & Executive Director
One of my favorite authors, Parker Palmer, writes that people with hope acknowledge the tension created by seeing both “what is” and “what could and should be,” and do something each day to narrow the gap between the two. I believe this is what each of us is being asked to do as we paddle our small boats into uncharted waters. For several months I have encouraged you to create quarantine care circles: just a few individuals you see regularly, at a safe distance, and speak with often. It’s great to speak with lots of folks if you can, but we all need a few individuals we can open up to and lean on when we’re weary and the going gets tough.
In addition to friends, there are three resources I can recommend that are just a phone call away. Both the Disaster Distress Helpline (800-985-6990) and Hope4NC (855-581-3463) are open 24 hours a day and you can speak with trained volunteers and professionals about coping and anxiety. I am also happy to return your call if you reach out to me; just leave a message in my voice mailbox (919-542-6877).
Fearrington Cares is actively providing virtual programs, movement classes, support groups, grocery and pharmacy home delivery, equipment loans, outdoor handyperson assistance, health consultations, and information and referrals by phone. We are offering a series of programs this fall; join us and polish up some of your tried and true resilience tools for dealing with the unknown. Let me know if you’d enjoy a “video date” to catch up with someone you haven’t seen in several months. I’ve set those up for a couple of villagers and they were delighted and surprised with how much fun it can be.
I’m grateful for the flowers and the wildlife, for friendships, for books to get lost in, and for each of you! Fearrington residents are supporting this organization financially and are generous volunteers. Although 100% of our temporarily-suspended services put a volunteer within six feet of a resident and almost all of the residents with needs and our volunteers are over 65, I am working with our volunteer Board of Directors (virtually) to plan new ways that we can be of service. Please explore our website to join our programs and to see updated health information about COVID-19 and other news articles.
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SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification App
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Visit this website for complete details and to download the app for Apple and Android phones. Download the SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification app, enable your Bluetooth and Exposure Notification settings, and be notified if you have been in close contact with someone who has shared a positive COVID-19 test result in the app. Once you opt-in to the notification system, you can also anonymously share a positive COVID-19 test result in the app. SlowCOVIDNC protects your identity and privacy while empowering you to protect yourself, your family, and your community.
For the latest information on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) disease, see this page located on the Resources menu tab.
CDC Advice: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19. How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering, CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings, How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering? How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering? Visit this CDC page.
AmazonSmile WORKS! If you designate Fearrington Cares as your charity on the Amazon website, each time you place an order AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases to us at no additional cost to you. Thanks to your shopping, from the time we began our participation in AmazonSmile, we have received donations of over $1,464.16 from this program! Thanks to all who designate Fearrington Cares as their charity on Amazon. Keep up the good shopping, and remember AmazonSmile when shopping during holiday seasons and always!