FAQ COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES
Last updated 9-23-20
What are the hours of operations in the coming days for Building One Community?
The Center is open from 9 to 4 daily, by appointment only and for emergencies.
We require all persons at the Center to register, have their temperatures taken, wear masks at all times, sanitize their hands, and practice social distancing.
We follow strict CDC guidelines for cleaning and sanitation.
Are programs and events canceled?
All onsite programs and events are canceled until further notice. We are working to reschedule and to keep everyone up to date with the latest news and essential information. Our Immigration Legal Service, Family Services, POWER, and Workforce Development teams are in direct contact with program participants to monitor needs and offer support. Please check our social media and website for continued updates.
We moved our programming online at the end of March. English and Citizenship classes, Immigration Legal Services, Family and Individual Services, POWER, and Workforce Development teams work remotely with program participants to meet their needs and provide support. There is now some limited in-person programming on a reservation-only basis. We hope to increase in-person programming in the near future while meeting the highest standards of safety for everyone. Please check our social media and website for updates.
Who may we contact for additional information from B1C?
Please contact our program areas by phone or email.
- Volunteer Information - [email protected]
If you are interested in helping out, please contact our volunteer department. Thank you to all who already donated through our Amazon wish list. We are distributing these essential household items daily to our vulnerable population.
- ELL Information - 203-674.8585 ext. 103 or [email protected]
All in house programs are temporarily canceled.
Our online ELL program is in full swing. Please reach out to Suzanne if you would like to participate.
To all our program participants we suggest that you use the following FREE Apps to continue to learn and practice - Learn to Speak English, Speaking English Practice, English Listening & Quiz and English Vocabulary Practice. To all our program volunteers, please see the section below on how you can continue to help.
- Family & Individual Service Information - 475.419.5340 or [email protected]
We understand that our program participants may need more help now than ever before. For the safety of everyone, we will only offer a limited amount of consultations by either telecommunication or phone calls. We are working hard to provide program participants with updates and resources.
In addition, we have launched a successful Homework Club online to help children with online learning. An emergency relief fund has been established to be distributed to families in need. We have also established an Amazon Wish List in order to be able to provide participants with cleaning and living essentials.
- POWER Information - 203.550.1559 or [email protected]
All scheduled POWER meetings will continue to meet via phone and video conferencing. Parents will receive instructions on how to meet using their phones and computers.
- Immigration Legal Services - 203.674.8585 ext. 109 or [email protected]
We are scheduling telephone and Zoom consultations on all immigration-related issues, and we continue to work on cases with new and existing clients. We offer a free Virtual Coffee with an Immigration Attorney once a month to answer your questions via Zoom that is open to all. Please contact [email protected] to request a consultation or more information. For emergency immigration legal issues, call 203.391.4084.
- Workforce Development – For the Hiring Site please contact 203.252.7044 or [email protected] and for Skills Development & Outreach please contact [email protected] or 475.333.9216.
At this time, many of our programs are running remotely with a few exceptions on site. We are keeping program participants informed through WhatsApp. We are also actively trying to find ways to promote indirect jobs in the community that can benefit our day workers while social distancing.
HOW CAN WE HELP
Hundreds of our local immigrant families are facing a chaotic and stressful time. Many have been living paycheck-to-paycheck and do not have savings or support systems to help them. We are working around the clock to organize food distribution, collaborating with city officials to help uninsured immigrants if they become sick, keeping our building open for day workers, offering urgent care management and referrals, and providing video and immigration legal phone consultations to those in need. We hope you will support our efforts to work together not to let our community down when they need us the most.
How can YOU support us?
- Amazon Wish List - Thank you to all who have given so generously through our wish list. We have distributed these essential items to our program participants. We regularly update the items and priorities to reflect what is needed most. Click here if you want to help out.
Please note that we cannot accept any physical dropoffs of food donations at B1C. Therefore, we have put together an Amazon Wish List instead.
- Financial Contributions to Support All Our Work - Please consider a donation to support our efforts. We are ready to take all necessary actions to help our community. We have already established an immediate relief fund to help those affected by COVID-19. We have also launched a COVID-19 Response Fund. Please join us in supporting our efforts. Donate today!
- Hire a Day Worker - COVID-19 is impacting our community's day workers tremendously. They rely on jobs to feed their families and cover necessary healthcare costs. If you have any jobs that do not require direct contact (for example, backyard clean up, outside painting, etc.), please consider reaching out to us so that we can refer you to day workers. We will help organize transportation. Or perhaps you have other ways that you would like to support these workers. Please contact [email protected], if you would like to help.
- Continuing Education Outside of B1C
A big thank you goes out to all our dedicated ELL volunteers. Our online tutoring sessions are in full swing. If you are interested to tutor online, please contact Suzanne at [email protected].
HOW TO STAY UPDATED
How can I stay up to date with announcements and important information from B1C?
Please make sure to follow us on all social media outlets, check our website, and sign up for our newsletter. We will continue to use these three communication vehicles to distribute information.
Important Community Phone Number and Resources:
Stamford Health COVID-19 hotline at 203.276.4111, 7 days a week, from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m
If you feel sick, you should call the Stamford Health Hotline. PLEASE DO NOT GO DIRECTLY TO THE HOSPITAL OR URGENT CARE.
We recommend to check the following links for more information:
- CT Department of Health Information on COVID-19
- Town of Stamford Health Information on COVID-19
- World Health Organization (WHO) Information about Coronavirus US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Situation Summary
- CDC: Stop The Spread (English version) - Detenga La Propagación De Los Microbiosayude (Spanish version)
- Resources and updates from Stamford Hospital
- Choose “All City News & Announcements” to receive daily COVID-19 and other updates from the City of Stamford
- City of Stamford COVID-19 Information for Residents
A BIG thank you for staying informed and supporting B1C.