PASTORAL CARE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

What we can do to comfort and care for our neighbors

A Faith Response to the Coronavirus: http://products.pastoral.center/pc/pc105/1/download-covi/index.html

We Need Social Solidarity, Not Just Social Distancing: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/14/opinion/coronavirus-social-distancing.html

Develop lists of local volunteers who can contact vulnerable neighbors. Provide them companionship. Help them order food and medications. Recruit teenagers and college students to teach digital communications skills to older people with distant relatives and to deliver groceries to those too weak or anxious to shop. Call the nearest homeless shelter or food pantry and ask if it needs anything.

 

Mental Health

Coping with Anxiety and Fear of Coronavirus Outbreak: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty: https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty

Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf

A Brain Hack to Break the Coronavirus Anxiety Cycle: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/well/mind/a-brain-hack-to-break-the-coronavirus-anxiety-cycle.html

Coronavirus Anxiety – Helpful Expert Tips and Resources: https://adaa.org/finding-help/coronavirus-anxiety-helpful-resources

 

Advocacy for our neighbors

  1. Do not panic. Stay calm.
  2. Do not downplay the gravity of this outbreak.
  3. Stay home, if you can.
  4. Share only accurate information from trusted sources.
  5. Check in on isolated neighbors, especially those over 60 and/or with
  6. Pray and connect with the lonely, family, one another.
Food and other assistance

St. Vincent de Paul

Catholic Charities of Orange County

Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County

Schools districts offering free grab and go meals in your area

Southern California Edison and So Cal Gas are suspending disconnections. Visit www.sce.com or www.socalgas.com for more information.

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. http://corporate.charter.com/newsroom

If you need assistance finding food, paying house bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, Dial 211 [or alternative numbers (888) 600-4357, (949) 646-4357, or Text your zip code to 898-211] to speak to someone who can help or search information at https://www.211oc.org/