Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay

Coronavirus Updates

April 2, 2020

Our doors are closed, but our hearts and minds are open…
Just like the invisible virus, you can’t see us, but we are here. For this very critical period as the pandemic reaches its apex, we are operating with a bare bones staff. We don’t know how long we will be closed. We’re hopeful we can reopen in May, but it will depend on the recommendations of the Governor and the CDC. I do know that all of us at the Center are looking forward to the day when we can welcome our old friends with open arms once again.

At this time, meal delivery is available but limited to emergency situations for those with food insecurity, or who are home bound. If you find yourself in need, please reach out. For everyone else, please stay home – stay safe.

Home is where you’ll find most of our staff. We’ve set up home offices, video conference calls, and an extensive phone reassurance program. We are connecting with hundreds of our members weekly to provide comfort and assess needs. Our social worker Beth is just a phone call away. We have a list of volunteers who are ready to be deployed who are willing to do grocery shopping or run errands for seniors.

The staff is developing virtual classes and finding resources to inform, entertain and engage our members. We will soon be hosting virtual support groups – get ready for online Senior Chat!

Stay positive and focus on the future, know that better times are coming, and life will be all the sweeter because of the hardships we’ve endured together while apart.

Judy Palumbo, Executive Director

Meal Pickup and Delivery Suspended

To protect our staff and members, and to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, we suspended daily grab-and-go and home delivered meals as of Friday, March 20. Until further notice, we will be providing shelf-stable meals on an emergency basis only.

Our Center is closed for members, but we are still here Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to answer questions and help any senior in need to find resources. Please stay home and safe, and limit your contact with others as recommended by the CDC. As they say, “Patience is a Virtue” – and in this case, it’s a lifesaver!

Emergency Requests

We are still providing meals on a daily basis (Monday through Friday) to those seniors who have no other access to adequate nutrition, with requests made by 2:00 pm the day before (or on Friday for a Monday meal). Meals will now be delivered to you frozen to ensure food safety, or can be picked up in-person between 12:00 and 1:00 pm Monday through Friday. In the case of an emergency, please contact us by calling 516-922-1770 if you are a senior in need of other necessities like medication, supplies, etc. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

Temporary Closing as of Monday, March 16

Dear Friends and Members of the Senior Center:

Nassau County has declared COVID-19 as an eminent threat to public health. Therefore, in a measure to slow continued community spread of the coronavirus, especially among the senior population who are the most vulnerable, the Life Enrichment Center is suspending all social activities and programs effective Monday, March 16th through at least March 31st.

There has been no immediate threat at the Center, however as a community center and a place of public assembly, we are taking a proactive approach. These precautionary measures follow directives from the CDC (Center for Disease Control).

We will be posting regular updates on emails, our website, and Facebook. Program staff will be on hand at the Center to answer questions, field phone calls and stay in touch with our patrons.

We will provide meal delivery for people who are currently in our transportation program. Meals will also be available upon request for pick up between the hours of 12:00 and 1:00 pm. Please reserve your meal by 2:00 pm the day before.

We will use the next two weeks to do a thorough cleaning and sanitizing at the Center. When programs resume, the Center will be squeaky clean and organized!

Please continue to stay current with CDC updates and follow precautionary measures for your health and the health of everyone around you.

We will miss your smiling faces and look forward to having you all back at the Center – until then, stay Active, Healthy and Engaged!

Judy Palumbo, Executive Director

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