Supporting GOSO Participants and Community During COVID-19/
Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO) is committed to serving the justice-involved young men in New York City through our supportive services. We are closely monitoring all updates concerning COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and with the health and safety of our participants and staff in mind, we have amended our operating protocols.
UPDATE AS OF JUNE 22, 2020: GOSO will be reopening on Tuesday, June 23rd. We will operate on a three-day schedule on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until the week of July 20th, when we will be open 5 days a week.
Starting June 23rd, participants will be able to come to the front door of our 75 East 116th Street location to receive food, MetroCards, and PPE (masks, gloves, etc.).
On-site services are still postponed until further notice. To ensure our participants do not experience a detrimental interruption to the core supportive services upon which they rely, we have pivoted to a fully remote model and are still providing the following:
- GOSO’s social work staff will maintain scheduled appointments with all participants, holding virtual sessions by phone and video-conference beginning March 30th. As ever, we are committed to our participants and supporting them through these events, which may cause increased anxiety or other reactions for which mental health expertise is invaluable.
- GOSO’s Two-Week Job Readiness Curriculum will resume via HIPAA-compliant Zoom on March 31st, following its normal schedule.
- We will begin conducting virtual intakes beginning March 30th. This means we can accept new participants into our program, and they’ll be able to start our Two-Week Job Readiness Curriculum and access our other resources.
- Our GOSOWorks Employment Program is communicating with all employer partner sites to ensure participants who continue to work are in safe and sanitary conditions. If GOSOWorks interns are unable to work due to their site’s closure or personal illness, GOSO will provide paid time off/paid sick leave. We are actively seeking out new employment opportunities to keep our participants at work.
- In accordance with the NYC Mayor’s Office, we have postponed events and large gatherings, like our annual GOSO Gala.
- GOSO’s colleague organization SAVE (Stand Against Violence East Harlem) has also modified its protocols at this time. In response to the state-wide “work from home” mandate from Gov. Cuomo, SAVE’s physical office is closed until further notice.
- SAVE participants can maintain contact with Outreach Workers via phone, text, email, and video conferencing.
- To prioritize health and observe the practice of social distancing, SAVE staff will not canvas in the community. However, they will continue to find ways to connect with our community, through social media and other tools.
- People can contact SAVE if an urgent situation arises. For any questions or urgent needs, please call 646-383-2210.
We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and will continue to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).
Below is a list of helpful resources that our participants and anyone else in our community can use during this time:
- Up-to-date and accurate information on the NYC Dept. Of Health website: COVID-19 (coronavirus) Information
- To receive the latest updates from the NYC Mayor’s Office, text COVID to 692-692.
- Information and resources from the New York State Dept. of Health: Updates and Information
- New York State Department of Health coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065
- Call 311 if you are being harassed due to your race, nation of origin or other identities.
- URGENT CARE: If you are feeling ill, you can schedule a virtual urgent care appointment with New York Presbyterian. Click here for more info.
- Stimulus Checks:
- Apply for SNAP Benefits if you need assistance.
- Most food pantries remain open at this time, as they are essential services.
- Free meals from the NYC Department of Education (DOE)
- The DOE is providing three free meals every day for any New Yorker.
- Meals can be picked up at all Meal Hubs 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
- Click here to find a pick-up location near you
- Get the Plentiful App
- Plentiful is a free, easy-to-use reservation system for food pantries. Use the app to find pantries and get the food you need without waiting in line.
- Click here to learn more and get the app.
- On March 15, New York State announced a statewide moratorium on residential and commercial evictions until further notice. More info here.
- General Resources
- Youth and Young Adult Drop-In Centers
- Adult 24-Hour Drop-In Centers
- Comcast is offering free wi-fi access to low-income households through Internet Essentials.
- Optimum is offering free wi-fi access for any households with K-12 and/or college students.
- Spectrum is offering free wi-fi access to students.
- Contact Spectrum at 844-488-8398 to learn more.
- If you’re unemployed, you can file a claim for unemployment insurance here.
- Manage Anxiety and Stress – Resources from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Coping with Stress and Social Distancing During the Coronavirus Outbreak
- If you need help coping with stress, depression, anxiety, or substance use, contact NYC Well.
- Contact GOSO
- Check your email and phone as often as you can
- GOSO Career Managers are reaching out frequently to each participant, sending updates and resources.
- Legal Advice
- Youth Represent is still able to assist with any legal advice you need. Please contact your Career Manager to get in touch with the Youth Represent staff.
- Good Call NYC
- Good Call is a free 24/7 hotline in case of arrest.
- They will connect you to a free lawyer immediately.
- Call 1-833-3-GOODCALL (1-833-346-6322)
- Two-Week Job Readiness Curriculum
- Curriculum will resume via Zoom, beginning on March 31st.
- Please be in touch with your Career Manager with any questions.
- Current GOSOWorks interns:
- Contact Nick and Anna by email or phone if you have any questions or concerns
- If you are sick:
- Please stay home and if needed, work with your Career Manager on getting appropriate medical care.
- Contact your supervisor if you’re feeling sick, and please let Nick or Anna know. If you are able, please see a doctor and get a doctor’s note that medically clears you to return to work. GOSOWorks can offer paid sick time as long as you communicate with your supervisor and Nick and Anna.
- We recommend that all GOSOWorks interns set up direct deposit at this time, if you can. It ensures the money enters your account immediately. We are happy to help you set it up. If you are unable to do so, please work with your Career Manager and the GOSOWorks team to make a plan for how to get your check at an appropriate time.
- For anyone currently looking for work:
- Contact Nick and Anna (information above) so they can suggest current job openings in our emergency employment resource document.