GRCFS Community Notice
Monday, March 30, 2020
Fellow Band/Community Members:
The Garden River Child and Family Services team would like to communicate some information as we move through these stressful times. Now more than ever, we are all anchors for our children and young people as they struggle to understand why they can’t see their friends or may not be able to visit their extended family. Our team is working on a couple of initiatives to assist where we can while our regular programs and visits are on hold to protect one another through social/physical distancing.
We will be gathering relevant information and creating packages for distribution over the next week. The first initiative will consist of a meat package along with 1 lb. each of carrots and potatoes. We are taking a community care approach. The elderly and disabled will have their packages delivered on Wednesday, April 1st.
In order to help your family “stay home and stay safe” as much as possible, our plan is to provide one meat package to Band/Community households of Garden River First Nation on an as needed basis. We are hoping this small gesture will help offset some difficulties you may be experiencing during this unprecedented time.
Meat packages will be available for pick up from Silver Creek Golf Course on Thursday, April 2nd, 16th, and 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please keep in mind this is a new initiative and we realistically cannot accommodate every household during this first round. We respectfully ask that you allow those in need first consideration.
Please contact the following staff Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. if:
1) You do not have access to a vehicle and you require delivery
2) You are a Garden River band member living in SSM
3) You are a Garden River band member living in another city
Jessica Whitley (705) 971-3963
Melissa Grawbarger (705) 971-9079
Belinda Camara (705) 987-2810
Our second initiative involves the research and collection of information to be distributed regarding Covid-19 and the anxiety we as families are sure to be experiencing. We would like to offer what we can so you will have information to help guide your conversations and calm some of the fears and anxieties our children are journeying through. How we respond to these newfound challenges will impact our children.
Please know we are doing our best to stay connected as we get through this difficult time together. Stay home and stay safe.
Garden River Child and Family Services department
Click here to see poster for more information.