Learn more about our response to COVID-19 below:
- The pandemic has impacted over one-third of our workforce requiring them to be on 14-day self quarantine.
- We are providing three meals per day, seven days a week, to 210 shelter residents plus employees, tripling our food budget.
- Our essential employees remain onsite caring for our families. Leadership has adopted a staggered schedule to continue supporting our essential direct care staff in this time of need.
- In partnership with Corcoran Management, we have implemented cleaning protocols to be completed every 4-6 hours in order to keep our employees and families safe.
- Our residential programs have adopted virtual support systems to assist our families offsite with clinical support, case management, and searches for permanent housing.
- Our need for personal protective equipment continues to grow as equipment is on backorder, while we provide what we have onsite to our 210 residents and 115 employees.
- Our education and employment programs have pivoted their offerings virtual, continuing to provide workforce development, adult education, and peer-to-peer communication of COVID-19 prevention and self-care to 100+ women and teen youth across Boston.
St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children has been proud to partner with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Plan (BHCHP) and St. Mary’s Center in offering the first doses of the Moderna vaccine to employees, including active relief. Our leadership team has participated in several weekly calls outlining details and specifics in advance of the rollout, in accordance with state and local regulations and procedures. At a clinic held in February, we welcomed over 60 people from other human services agencies who participated in receiving the first Moderna dose at St. Mary’s Center, with the follow-up dose provided the first week of March. Over 40 St. Mary’s Center residents and employees have received first and/or second doses as of this printing. Attendees of the vaccination clinics received St. Mary’s Center Comfort Kits, including facial tissues, herbal tea, ibuprofen, and lozenges. Those who received their first dose by March 4th are able to return for their follow up shot.