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.

Currently, participants are able to come to GOSO’s 75 East 116th Street location to receive food, MetroCards, and PPE (masks, gloves, etc.).

Other on-site services are by appointment only. To ensure our participants do not experience a detrimental interruption to the core supportive services upon which they rely, we have pivoted to a 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. 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 tracks programs are active via HIPAA-compliant Zoom.
    • We are conducting virtual intakes.
    • 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.

We 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).

Quick Links

Below is a list of helpful resources that our participants and anyone else in our community can use during this time:

General Information

    • 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.

Food Resources

Housing, Shelter and Community Centers

Internet Access

      • 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.

Unemployment Resources

Mental Health Resources

Specific Information for GOSO and SAVE Participants

GOSO Participants

      • Contact GOSO
        • Phone: 212-831-5020
        • Email: info@gosonyc.org or email your Career Manager directly
        • If you need to get in touch with your Career Manager urgently and don’t have their contact info, please call the phone number listed above, DM us on Instagram (@gosonyc), or email us.
      • 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)

GOSOWorks

      • Current GOSOWorks interns:
        • Contact Lamont Spence and Anna Kalm 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 Lamont 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 Lamont 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 Lamont and Anna (information above) so they can suggest current job openings in our emergency employment resource document.