The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago’s Service Adjustments Due to COVID-19
Dear EFGC Community,
With ongoing news of COVID-19 quickly spreading across the country and world, we wanted to provide an update on what we are doing locally to support our clients, families and the epilepsy community.
What has been done: On Thursday, March 12th following the recommendations from the CDC and health authorities, EFGC made the decision to move all staff out of the office to work from home. This was done out of an abundance of caution to keep both EFGC staff and clients safe during a time of uncertainty. Currently, all EFGC in-person programs and meetings have been temporarily postponed through April 30th, 2020.
What we’re doing: While EFGC staff are not currently working out of our State Street office, we are maintaining regular hours working from our individual homes. Case Managers are available from 9am – 5pm and are able to provide the same quality service as always, but through phone and video conferencing.
In addition to all regular Case Management services, EFGC has worked to move support groups online. On Monday March 23rd we began hosting three online support groups per week. We have also launched a social media series of 30 Days of Mental Health Wellness with daily tips on how to monitor and improve your mental health during these times. We’re working diligently to schedule more online support groups, programs, and mental wellness support groups in the coming days and will share those dates and times as soon as they are available.
Since we are working to quickly adapt to the situation and provide more services and groups online, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to be made aware of all changes and upgrades to our services on a day to day basis.
What you can do: The most important thing that you can do right now is to keep yourself healthy! Please follow the recommendations of local and national health authorities by self-isolating and keeping your distance from others to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We’re also asking for your help as we work to adapt our programs and services. If you have any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions for services that would be beneficial for you and your family, please contact your case manager or email email@example.com and let us know what else we could be doing!
Finally, while the COVID-19 outbreak may be greatly affecting each of our daily lives, EFGC’s work and mission remain as important as ever. We’re still working hard to help those living with epilepsy and we still need your support! If you would like to help, any donation amount is greatly appreciated and can be made online by clicking here.
Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, and Stay EpilepsyStrong!
President and CEO
Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago