Last Updated: Monday January 18, 2021 at 5:45 pm
In response to the soaring cases of COVID-19 in our province, the Ontario Government announced a state of emergency that went into effect on Thursday January 14, and are tightening up restrictions and encouraging everyone to stay home unless it is absolutely necessary – groceries, healthcare, exercise, and essential services only. You can read more about the announcement here:
Staff, residents, clients, and volunteers of Nova Vita are working diligently within the guidelines of our pandemic safety plan to ensure that we can continue to offer essential support and services to members of our community impacted by violence and homelessness.
Update on Programs & Services at Nova Vita during Province Wide Shutdown & State of Emergency
The following essential services continue to operate in full capacity:
24 Hour Crisis and Support Line: Dial 519-752-HELP to receive immediate support and safety planning. This service is available to all members of our community. For those note able to safely place a call, you can text us at 519-754-5332 (text only line).
Emergency Shelter: is open to provide safe shelter and essential support to women and children impacted by domestic violence and homelessness. Our safe intake room is available for walk-in appointments for shelter services.
The following programs and services will be impacted until further notice:
Community Outreach, Intake, and Other Support Services, including Women’s Community Counselling, Men’s Community Counseling/Challenge to Change, and Transitional Support Services: Emergency support is always available by calling 519-752-HELP, and while in-person meetings are cancelled our teams continue to offer phone and video counseling.
Donations: At this time we cannot accept physical donations of any kind (clothing, hygiene products, prepared food, etc.). You can still make a difference:
- Donate Online – monetary donations ensure the required equipment, necessities, and services are supplied to residents and clients in need of additional support at this time. You can specify how you would like the money to be used at www.novavita.org.
Closet Couture Boutique: Our retail boutique, located at 415 Fairview Drive in Brantford, will be closed until the Government of Ontario announces that all non-essential workplaces are cleared to re-open. For more information, or to shop online, visit closet-couture.ca.
Volunteer Program & Student Placements: Nova Vita is unable to have volunteer’s onsite and we are postponing all student placements for the 2021 winter and spring semesters.
We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide updates on our website www.novavita.org and on our social media platforms @NovaVitaBrant.
Download PDF version of our December 22, 2020 Services update here.