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  • 05/14/2020 00:56 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    Safer at Home - effective April 27, 2020

    Restricted Transportation Provided:

    To or from VA or medical

    To GVT transit for bus pass

    Urgent transportation needs otherwise not provided

    Food or grocery only as deemed necessary and not routine shopping.

    GVT Bus Passes Available

    Online Application Needed for Bus Pass or Transportation (one time only)

    Veterans Assistance Application

    All Transportation Requires the Following:

    Practice Social Distancing and Sanitation

    Driver must wear mask

    Passenger(s) must wear mask

    NO symptomatic passengers (or anyone who has been in contact)

    Passenger(s) must use hand sanitizer prior to entering vehicle

    No Passengers in front seat

    Clean and sanitize surfaces at end of trip

    Use Clorox wipes or Lysol or liquid disinfectant spray with cloth or wipe.

    Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer

    Avoid touching your face




  • 05/14/2020 00:54 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    Even though we may no longer be able to meet in person, we're still doing all we can to provide value to our members. The Veterans Art Center is still closed but we are doing what we can to reach out to you and carry out our mission.

    Here's more steps we are taking to get through this:

    • We are reaching out to as many as we can to get you set up with arts and craft materials at home.
    • We have delivery and curbside pick up available at this time.
    • Transportation is once again available on a restricted basis
    • GVT Bus passes are available for Veterans
    • Art supplies and kits we have available to you will be posted in the online store and on FaceBook on our page and the group as we get pictures of them.  You can pick what you want and most will be free.

    And to help you get through this crisis, if you are in crisis please contact us:

    • We provide emergency food and gas cards to veterans
    • Assistance with housing, utilities and other approved expenses

    For any assistance, transportation or art supplies request please complete the online form at operationrevamp.org/Veterans-Assistance-Application

    This form is for veterans, family members or caregivers.

    Volunteers Needed

    During our continued closure we are working on much needed deep cleaning, sorting and reorganizing.  We are also posting a lot of the items that are available for pickup or delivery, at no charge, along with items we have for sale in our online store and on social media.

    If you would be interested in helping out with any part, from sorting or assembling craft kits to sorting out storage lockers and hauling metal to the scrapyard please contact me by return email or text me at 970-424-2312 or leave a voice message. I would say phone me but I am very seldom close to my phone and have never gotten into the habit of carrying it around with me.

    I am also looking for volunteers to make masks and we have plenty of fabric for you to do it with.  Currently our volunteers are asked to wear masks and masks are mandatory when riding in the suburban so we need several.  Excess will be available for those needing them for the many other places in town with mask requirements. If you would be willing to make some please contact me.

    Funding

    We are in dire straits for our regular monthly expenses.  With the Veterans Art Center being closed we have had little to no income since mid March but regular monthly expenses did not take a break.  Our sales have been non-existent (even the coke machine) and no donations in the jug. Online donations are very low too.   

    I would like to request those of you who can, to help us out with online fundraising. One of the best in our experience is the FaceBook fundraisers and you can create one at  https://www.facebook.com/fund/VeteransArtCenter/

    By creating the fundraiser and sharing it with your friends the donation income is usually greater than if you just share one someone else created.  If you take the time to create it your friends are more apt to consider donating because they trust you.

    Additionally, we are offering our soap and other items in the online store.  As with everything in the store, if you are a member make sure you are logged in to get the member savings.  You can help with this too by sharing the link to the store.  The store is directed to local shoppers and members but there is an option for shipping for out of town shoppers.  If you are local you can select curbside pickup or delivery.  We'll let you know when your order is ready to go out the door.

    The DoTerra kit Spring Raffle that was to be drawn on April 8th is in limbo at the moment but as soon as all changes are approved by the State we will again have raffle tickets available and will let you know.  

    If you have any other ideas for funding resources during this time please let me know.  In fact let me know anything you want :) Or ideas about how we should adjust our programs to continue to meet our mission while at a distance.  The Veterans Art Center will not open for any in house services or classes until it has gone through deep cleaning, sorting and organizing.  

    This is a difficult time for all of us, but you're not alone: we're just as committed to helping you as we have been for the past 7 years.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

    Sincerely, 

    Wendy Hoffman

    President/CEO


  • 04/22/2020 12:47 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    The following are the guidelines we will be implementing after the weekend of April 27, 2020. At this time we will be on step one and are not able to provide a date we will advance to step 2.

    Covid-19 Action Plan – Safer at Home

    Step 1 – Restricted Access

    • ·        Volunteers Only
    • ·        No walk in services
    • ·        Deep Cleaning and Sorting
    • ·        Social Distancing
    • ·        Masks recommended
    • o   will be provided if needed
    • ·        Symptom monitoring
    • o   Temperature may be taken
    • ·        Ongoing sanitization of surfaces and frequent contact areas
    • ·        Contactless veteran and family services
    • o   Delivery or curbside pickup of supplies
    • o   Online application required
    • o   Food and gas cards receipted (only)
    • ·        Limited Donations
    • ·        Frequent Hand Washing and use of gloves as needed
    • ·        Restricted Transportation
    • o   Masks, distancing and thorough cleaning required
    • ·        Reaching out to members at home
    • o   Encourage art or craft activities while they stay home

    Step 2 –

    Continuation of above procedures with the following changes

    • ·        Open Studio, Computers, phone and printer available
    • o   Cleaning procedures required following access
    • ·        Open for walk in services
    • o   Online application
    • o   Food and gas cards receipted (only)
    • ·        Limit of 10 in building at one time
    • o   Social distancing
    • o   Masks optional
    • §  will be provided if needed
    • o   Symptom monitoring
    • §  Temperature may be taken
    • ·        Ongoing sanitization of surfaces and frequent contact areas
    • ·        Frequent Hand Washing and use of gloves as needed
    • ·        Reaching out to members at home
    • o   Encourage art or craft activities while they stay home
    • ·        Transportation services resume
    • o   Masks recommended, distancing and thorough cleaning required

    Step 3 –

    • ·        Classes Resume (limited participation)
    • o   Closed to open studio during classes
    • o   Computer area remains open
    • ·        Open Studio, Computers, phone and printer available
    • o   Limited days per week
    • o   Cleaning procedures required following access
    • ·        Open for walk in services
    • o   Online application
    • o   Food and gas cards receipted (only)
    • ·        Limit of 10 in building at one time
    • o   Social distancing
    • o   Masks optional
    • §  will be provided if needed
    • o   Symptom monitoring
    • §  Temperature may be taken
    • ·        Ongoing sanitization of surfaces and frequent contact areas
    • ·        Frequent Hand Washing and use of gloves as needed
    • ·        Reaching out to members at home
    • o   Encourage art or craft activities while they stay home
    • ·        Transportation services continue
    • o   Masks recommended, distancing and cleaning required

     

  • 04/01/2020 19:37 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    Local church acting as food distribution center

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- With so many families without work and needing food, a local church is acting as a food distribution center for other churches and people in need.

    Volunteers at Canyon View Vineyard Church unloaded a Convoy of Hope semi-truck filled with 27,000 pounds of food and supplies.

    A senior pastor at the church is on the board for Convoy of Hope, and arranged for a truck to be sent down from Missouri.

    Church leaders say they want to be a distribution center for other churches that need food for their congregations.

    “We have people coming to get food from us that are in Cadillacs, and normal cars..this is not just something that is hitting our lower income people,” said Worship Pastor, Tim Brown.

    The church also delivers food to people who are home-bound.


    https://www.nbc11news.com/content/news/569301451.html?fbclid=IwAR10PjqVmUNP8aaZzr-1au3Ku2UuBTl29Inln4ABMwlAsyEF883dKQUIhbc

  • 03/25/2020 23:14 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    In our continued efforts to serve veterans in need please note the following:

    We will continue to try and help eligible veterans in need as much as possible.  This is done by phone, email and text as mentioned in the last email.  The Veterans Art Center IS and will remain closed until further notice.

    To request assistance you will need to complete the application found here.

    Assistance is available for Colorado Veterans, Family  members and Caregivers.

    All assistance applications, requests and paperwork will be done by phone, text or email.

    My cell number at home is 970-424-2312.  This is the number for texting and if you phone, please leave a message.  I will not return unknown calls.

    For updates and information please follow our forum posts, our Facebook page or join our Facebook Group.


  • 03/25/2020 17:49 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide stay-at-home order Wednesday afternoon. It goes into effect 6 a.m. Thursday and will last until April 11.

    Many Coloradans, including the vast majority of people in metro Denver, live in counties where stay-at-home orders have already been announced.

    Polis said he is issuing the order to save Coloradans’ lives.

    Such orders require people to stay at home, except for the following reasons:

    • Getting groceries, food (including takeout) or essential household items
    • Getting medication or medical supplies
    • Getting medical care
    • Exercise (as long as social distancing is practiced)

    In-person gatherings with people outside one’s residence are prohibited.

    People can go to work if they provide essential products or services. Examples include health care workers, grocery store staff and some government employees (like first responders).


  • 03/22/2020 16:31 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser released a statement calling on state courts to halt eviction proceedings due to the COVID-19 crisis.

    As of Sunday, Denver, Mesa, Weld, and Boulder counties have taken this step according to Weiser.

    “In this emergency, evicting any Coloradan from their home would exacerbate the public health and economic crisis we are fighting together," says Weiser. "I applaud Governor Polis in leading state agencies and local governments in an effort to stop evictions during this crisis."


  • 03/19/2020 18:36 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    A few notes on updates and status of the Veterans Art Center.

    We are still currently closed to walk-ins and all classes are cancelled.

    There may or may not be a volunteer or volunteers in the building at any given time but we still remain closed. Please do not count on going down there and expecting someone to open up for you because the cat could well be the lone occupant.

    Since part of our mission is to eradicate a lot of isolation it is extremely difficult to instruct you to isolate but at this time we need this to happen. We are still available by phone, text or email and encourage you to access the website frequently for updates on our blog on the home page. Join us on Facebook, on the page or in the group.  Reach out however you feel comfortable.  This social isolation is about face to face contact and we are still here for you.

    Donations Currently we are not accepting donations of art supplies. If you have supplies for Veterans (like toilet paper) please call ahead to make sure there will be someone there or call and request a pickup. We do have several requests for assistance with some hard to come by items.

    Alternative Healing  Yoga V, Community Acupuncture, Tai Chi, and Reiki are currently cancelled. BodyTalk is also cancelled at the Veterans Art Center however John will continue with sessions at his office on the same date and time.  Contact me by email for the details if you would like to participate.

    Art Classes are cancelled until further notice. We want to keep you busy and creative, though, so if you need any supplies to work on projects at home please contact me and we'll help as much  as possible.  For the veterans who have been in soap class we can set you up to carry on at home and I can still answer all your questions remotely.

    Emergency Assistance  remains unchanged and will continue to follow the same criteria and policies as in the past.  We anticipate a greater need and ask that you continue to seek other resources first but contact us as necessary. 

    Food and Gas Cards These continue to be available with the same requirements and criteria as before. There could be a minor delay but we will do what we can.

    Bus Passes  Call us if you are in need of a pass and we will make a determination at that time.  GVT is keeping us updated on operations but they could shut down or restrict services at any time.  

    Transportation We are not currently offering rides however we are available for errands, pickups and deliveries. Call or email.

    Fundraising and Cash Donations We have as great a need if not greater at this time so for those who have so generously supported us in the past, or those who haven't had time but would like to we are extremely grateful for any donations through any of our online options or mail a check. We are limited to online fundraising, have no current sales abilities,  but continue to have all our regular monthly expenses along with increased need of our veterans.

    RAFFLE Our second raffle of a DoTerra essential Oils kit was launched earlier in March, before we closed our doors.  We have no intention of sending board members out to sell tickets and the draw date is April 8th so we are trying to find a method of selling them locally online. If you want a ticket let me know and we'll figure out how to do this without human contact.

    We know that many of our veterans do not have email or internet and ask that you please pass on this information. Remember the information included here will be available on  our news blog.

    Iam on day 3 of my 14 day quarantine but self isolation may or may not continue after that.

    Be Well, Stay Healthy

    Wendy

    email: wendy@operationrevamp.org

    text: 970-424-2312


  • 03/19/2020 16:16 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    If you have visited areas that are known to have sustained community spread (certain foreign countries, other states with common spread, or Summit, Eagle, Pitkin, and Gunnison counties in Colorado), and were in public locations such as retail shops, restaurants, bars, or ski lodges, we recommend that you watch for symptoms. Self-quarantine is recommended; however, the CDC states that transmission of the disease in the absence of symptoms is less likely.

    If you believe you’ve been infected with COVID-19, symptoms will occur within 14 days of exposure (but most likely within 6 days). At the first indication of symptoms, you must isolate yourself. Symptoms for COVID-19 include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Isolation means you must stay home and away from others until seven (7) days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND 72 hours after the fever has gone away, with improvement in respiratory symptoms.

    For anyone who has not visited an area with sustained community spread, you can still be at risk. Mesa County expects to have sustained community spread soon. In order to keep your risk for contracting the disease low, please be diligent about following these guidelines:

    • Stay at home and away from others, as much as possible.
    • Avoid non-essential travel.
    • Stay in touch with others by phone, email, or video.
    • Maintain 6 feet of separation when you are around others.
    • Frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces like keyboards, phones, doorknobs, and light switches. The latest information suggests this virus can live on hard surfaces for up to three days.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is acceptable.
    https://health.mesacounty.us/covid19/


  • 03/19/2020 15:28 | Wendy Hoffman (Administrator)

    This list will be updated as information changes so check back often

    On March 16, 2020, VBA issued Circular 26-20-7, entitled "Special Relief for Those Potentially Impacted by COVID-19." https://www.benefits.va.gov/HOMELOANS/documents/circulars/26_20_7.pdf

    Mesa County Public Health https://health.mesacounty.us/covid19/

    United Way Covid-19 Resources  https://www.unitedwaymesacounty.org/4682-2/

    Food Resources https://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/covid-19/

    SD51 Covid-19 Resources https://www.d51schools.org/resources/covid19





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