MASK UPDATE - Mask Wearing Procedures at Catholic Charities
With the uptick in COVID variant D cases, Catholic Charities will follow the CDC guidelines on when and where to wear masks.
BEGINNING AUGUST 9, 2021
- ALL unvaccinated staff and volunteers need to wear masks inside our facilities
- ALL staff and volunteers, vaccinated or unvaccinated, working with clients need to wear masks
- If staff or volunteer is vaccinated, while we highly encourage all staff to wear masks in common areas, it is not currently required.
It is the current recommendation of the CDC that everyone wears masks indoors when in counties with substantial or high community transmission rates. Currently, the CDC has ranked Eau Claire and Marathon counties at high risk. Clark, Crawford, and La Crosse are at substantial risk. This information is based on the number of reported cases in the last seven days and the percentage change. We hope the majority of the staff not working with clients will choose to wear masks in common areas until the CDC has lowered the risk levels in our counties. We will monitor changes in CDC reporting and change mask-wearing based on recommendations provided by the CDC. Our mask-wearing procedures will be reviewed weekly as the CDC weekly monitors and updates each county.
Want to check out CDC information and updates? Visit https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view
The Sojourner House provides a safe, clean place for adult men and women who are experiencing homelessness; affirms the Christ-like dignity in every individual through compassionate presence, listening, and hospitality; and empowers people to rebuild their lives with the engagement of the greater community. Guests can sleep overnight, shower, wash their clothes, and eat breakfast while ensuring their personal dignity, respect and safety.
The Sojourner House opened its doors on November 1, 2011. We are a year round facility that serves those who are experiencing homelessness from 7 pm in the evening to 8 am in the morning. We can provide sleeping arrangements for up to 36 men and 16 women (capacity of 52). Everyone is welcomed into the shelter as long as they are respectful, kind, and considerate to all other guests, volunteers, and staff. No substances, weapons, or pornography will be permitted on the premises. A core staff is employed by Catholic Charities, with a large supplement of volunteers for support! We are all unique individuals and together we create community!
Monetary Support is always our greatest need; however we understand that everyone has different treasures, time and talent. We can always use additional volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, please check out our Volunteer Page and sign up to become part of the mission. Have access to other in-kind items? Here is our Current Sojourner House Wishlist!