Gateway Gazette

Rowan House Society Response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

High River, AB, March 17, 2020 – Like everyone else, Rowan House Society has spent the last few days putting plans into motion to address concerns around the growing Coronavirus Pandemic and what it means for our organization and services. The ongoing safety of staff, residents, clients and volunteers remains of utmost importance.

Prior to the declaration of the pandemic, the shelter was at capacity. These families are currently well, but we
continue to closely monitor them and staff for symptoms. We have also increased our usual cleaning, disinfecting
and handwashing protocols and have cancelled all volunteers and other visitors to the shelter, effective immediately. This also means we are unable to accept donations at the shelter at this time. If you are able to still support, online donations would be greatly appreciated.

We recognize this is an especially difficult time for all, and many families are facing great emotional stress and financial strain. Statistics show it’s these conditions that can lead to an increase in incidents of domestic violence. While the situation is changing rapidly, we want the community to know that Rowan House Society is absolutely still here for them and they can call our 24-Hour Crisis Line (403-652-3311) day or night to inquire about space or receive counselling support or help with safety planning.

Meanwhile, our Healthy Relationship Education Groups have been cancelled, and of course, all school presentations. Our Preventative Education and Communications staff are currently working to find ways to continue to provide meaningful education to the community in varying online formats including our website, social media and new podcast.

Two of our upcoming events – Tanya Ryan’s Songwriter’s Round and our Purple in the Park Fundraising Gala have
been postponed or cancelled and we will be connecting with ticketholders and sponsors directly to discuss what this means and how we plan to move forward.

We remain in daily contact with our government ministry reps and will keep the community posted should our
situation change. Please check our website or follow us on social media for the most current information.

Rowan House’s mission is to provide crisis intervention, long-term support and education for those affected by family violence in rural communities. In doing so, we work to fulfill our vision: that every person is safe and secure and lives without abuse.

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