Weekly Resources Update: Warming Centers Info, Free Tax Prep Service, Sexual Assault Survivors Support Groups, Job Assistance and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
February 12, 2021--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.
Warming Centers Open Through the Weekend
UPDATE 2/13: All City Recreation Centers are closed, Saturday, February 13; the Warming Center at Lee Center is open.
UPDATE 2/12: The Winter Shelter at Lee Center (1108 Jefferson St.) will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. February 12 and 13 to provide relief from the cold for community members who may not have access to a warm shelter during the day; that location will also be open the same hours on February 15, if weather conditions require. Also scheduled to open as Warming Centers February 13-14 are Charles Houston (901 Wythe St.), Leonard “Chick” Armstrong (25 W. Reed Ave.) and Patrick Henry (4653 Taney Ave.) Recreation Centers; weather may limit staffing and these three facilities may close or not open on short notice. Learn more about nighttime winter shelters.
Saturday’s ALIVE! Food Distribution Postponed
The ALIVE! Trunk to Trunk Food Distribution scheduled for February 13 has been postponed due to forecasted weather conditions and the safety of residents, staff and volunteers. Instead, the distribution events will take place on February 20 at the same locations and times. For more information and the latest updates, visit alive-inc.org. Access additional food assistance and resources.
Free Tax Prep Services for Eligible Residents Begins February 13
DCHS is offering free tax return preparation by appointment to eligible residents Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, February 13 through April 10. Taxpayers are eligible if income is below $55K for individuals and families. Expert volunteers from Community Tax Aid will ensure that taxpayers apply for all applicable credits and deductions. Call 703.831.2918 to make an appointment. For more information, view or download the flyer or read more on DCHS Connect.
Online Workshop on Avoiding Eviction or Foreclosure During COVID-19: February 13
Learn about your rights and options at a free virtual webinar at the Northern Virginia Housing Expo on February 13; the English language workshop is at 11 a.m. and the Spanish language workshop is at 1 p.m. Learn how to register. View a flyer in English and Spanish. For more information about this and other housing resources and assistance, visit alexandriava.gov/Housing.
DCHS Closed February 15
DCHS locations will be closed on Monday, February 15, in observance of George Washington Day. All emergency hotlines operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Virtual Medicare 101 Workshop on February 16 at 10 a.m.
New to Medicare or a caregiver for a Medicare beneficiary? Learn the basics of Medicare coverage (Part A, B, C, D and Medigap) in this virtual workshop presented by Medicare Counselors from the Division of Aging and Adult Services. There is no cost, but advanced registration is required. For more information call 703.746.5999. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/Aging.
Sexual Assault Center Offering Support Groups and Yoga Sessions for Sexual Assault Survivors
The Sexual Assault Male Survivor Support Group offers sanctuary for survivors of sexual abuse who identify as male. The group will meet for six weeks beginning February 22. Learn more about the group and how to register at alexandriava.gov/SexualViolence.
The Sexual Assault Center is hosting a nine-week virtual support group for Spanish-speaking women who are survivors of sexual assault beginning March 4. Learn more about the group and to register in English and Spanish. Access information about the Sexual Assault Center in Spanish.
The Sexual Assault Center is also hosting the second of two virtual yoga sessions for survivors and co-survivors on February 20. All survivors at any place in their journey are welcome to attend. Learn more and how to register at alexandriava.gov/SexualViolence.
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.
Hours Change at COVID-19 Self-Testing Kiosk at Houston Rec Center
The schedule for the Curative COVID-19 testing kiosk at Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe St.) is now weekdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Testing continues at Ben Brenman Park (4800 Brenman Park Dr.), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center (25 W. Reed Ave.) weekdays, 3 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Curative.com for weather-related kiosk closures. Learn more about testing options in Alexandria.
Vaccine Information Available in Multiple Languages
COVID-19 vaccines are a key ingredient to reduce illness, save lives, and return to normalcy in Alexandria. The City has developed shareable multilingual resources to explain the role of vaccines to end the pandemic. “Why Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?” explains the many benefits of being vaccinated and is available in Spanish, Amharic, and Arabic. “Are COVID-19 Vaccines Safe?” provides details about the development of the vaccines and what can be expected after vaccination, and are also available in Spanish, Amharic, and Arabic. Learn more at the alexandriava.gov/Vaccines.
CVS COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments for Ages 65+ Now Available
CVS Pharmacy is registering Virginians ages 65 and older for COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Alexandrians ages 65 and older can register through CVS or call CVS Customer Service at 800.746.7287 to schedule a vaccine appointment, even if they have already pre-registered through AHD. Those who have already received their first dose with AHD or at another clinic should get their second dose through the same provider, and not through CVS. At this time, CVS will be distributing vaccines only to those who are ages 65 and older, and by appointment only; no walk-in vaccinations will be provided.
For more information on the wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19:
This article was edited at 8:30 a.m. on February 13 to update information about Warming Center closures and at 1:05 p.m. on February 12 to update information about Warming Center hours.