Weekly Resources Update: Free COVID-19 Testing, Jobs and Training, Free Immigration Legal Advice Clinic, Sexual Assault Center Yoga Sessions and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
November 20, 2020--Each week, the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) highlights new and existing resources to support individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis or those in need.
We encourage residents and faith-based and nonprofit organizations to share these resources with their neighbors and networks. You can also learn about and share the latest resources and news by following DCHS on Facebook or Twitter or subscribing to the Spanish Language Text Line by texting ALEXINFOESP to 888777.
Spanish Language Event for Parents With Children in Day Care on November 21
On November 21, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., the Alexandria Health Department is hosting a virtual meeting in Spanish for families with children in daycare to discuss when to remove a child from day if they have symptoms, when they can return and how to prevent COVID-19, and when to get tested for COVID-19. Register online.
Last Engagement Session On the City’s Race and Social Equity Efforts is November 21, 11 a.m.
Register for the final virtual engagement sessions hosted by the City and give your input on the City’s race and social equity efforts, which will be used to draft a resolution for consideration by the Alexandria City Council. Alexandria's commitment and efforts moving forward require inclusion, input and ideas from every part of the community. Everyone is invited to work together to build a more equitable community that will serve and improve the lives of all Alexandrians. Register at alexandriava.gov/Equity.
Free COVID-19 Testing November 21 and November 23
The Alexandria Health Department and Neighborhood Health are conducting weekly targeted COVID-19 testing events in Alexandria’s communities to increase access to testing. These free testing events are intended to reach those who don’t have access to care, are uninsured or might not have identification. The next events are November 21 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) at William Ramsay Recreation Center (5650 Sanger Ave.) and November 23, 1:30-4:30 p.m., at Armistead L. Boothe Park (520 Cameron Station Blvd.). Call 703.535.6160 to pre-register. Walk-ups welcome. Check for updates on the events.
Register for Resiliency Yoga Sessions for Survivors and Co-Survivors of Sexual Assault on November 21 and December 16
The Sexual Assault Center invites survivors and co-survivors to join us for two virtual yoga events hosted by Kyra Davenport on Saturday, November 21, 10 a.m., and Wednesday, December 16, 6 p.m. All survivors at any place in their journey are welcome to reclaim their resiliency through the practice of gentle and mindful yoga. To register, contact Monica Huerta at 703.746.3134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. After you register, you will be sent a link to the session(s). View or download a flyer for the sessions.
Deadline to Apply for Free Child Care to Eligible Working Parents is December 1
To meet the rapidly changing needs and preferences of families affected by the pandemic, the City is offering a Micro Pod Child Care program as well as other traditional child care arrangements at no cost to eligible working parents while slots are available. Learn more about these programs and how to apply by the December 1 deadline.
Weekly Jobs Flyer and Workshops
Weekly Job Flyer. View this week’s list of employers who are hiring, which the Workforce Development Center (WDC) compiles and releases every Monday. Follow WDC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for the latest flyer listing employers, or visit the WDC’s job board for a complete list of job opportunities.
Free Workshops and Training. Access free WDC job readiness and career development workshops--including interviewing skills, navigating the virtual job fair, transferable skills, one-on-one job coaching, networking and more--and over 5,000 SkillUp online skills training courses. Select WDC workshops are also available in Spanish.
Skills Training Programs and Scholarships. Access training through Re-Employing Virginians and Fast Forward Virginia, two new programs to help Virginians gain skills and credentials in high demand fields and get back to work. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/118923.
Meet the Employer Event - Alexandria Public Schools. Register and attend a free online event for job seekers on December 10, 2-6 p.m. Attendees will meet representatives from various departments with Alexandria City Public Schools and learn about immediate openings for teachers, administrators, support staff and more. Learn more about the event and how to register.
DC Bar Pro Bono Center Virtual Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic is December 7-10
Individuals can access free legal advice related to immigration during the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's Remote Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic December 7-10, 9a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more information about this and other resources for immigrants and refugees.
REMINDER: Winter Shelter for Families and Individuals are Open
The City's Winter Shelter for individuals and families experiencing homelessness is open in two locations. A shelter at Lee Center (1108 Jefferson St.) is serving single adults and another at Carpenter's Shelter (930 North Henry St.) is serving families. The program ensures that guests have a warm, clean and safe environment to retreat from the elements of winter at night. The locations are open 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily regardless of weather conditions. Learn more.
Utility Shutoff Protections Established
Virginia’s revised state budget allocates $100 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to support jurisdictional and municipal utility customers facing financial hardship due to the public health crisis. It also directs the State Corporation Commission to establish an application process for distributing the funds to utilities so they can efficiently provide direct assistance to eligible customers. The budget also puts in place a moratorium on utility disconnections, including water and electricity, which will remain in effect until Governor Ralph Northam determines that the economic and public health conditions have improved such that the prohibition does not need to be in place or until at least 60 days after the declared state of emergency ends. The budget includes protections for utility providers dealing with revenue shortfalls and establishes a repayment plan to give customers the opportunity to pay off back debt over a longer period.
For more information on the wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: