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Family Resources During Coronavirus Closure

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Family Resources During Coronavirus Closure

Suportes de recursos para famílias durante o fechamento devido ao Corona vírus

Recursos de apoyos para las familias durante el cierre por el Coronavirus

Framingham Public Schools

Family Resources Guide During Coronavirus Closure

While schools are closed, families may find they need assistance from community agencies.  Below please find a range of local Framingham Supports.

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Food/Meals

FRAMINGHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Beginning March 18th, the FPS Department of Food Services will prepare grab and go breakfasts and lunches for students. Families will be able to drive up to the schools (noted below) where they will be met by a member of the Food Service team. Walk-ups are welcome. Each school-age child that is present will receive one lunch for that day and one breakfast for the next morning, per visit. Monday through Friday 10 AM - 1 PM. Contact: 508-626-9109

Pick-up Locations:

  • Cameron Middle School - 215 Elm Street, Framingham
  • Barbieri Elementary School - 100 Dudley Road, Framingham 
  • Fuller Middle School - 31 Flagg Drive, Framingham 
  • Woodrow Wilson Elementary School - 169 Leland Street, Framingham

Food distribution Flyer English

Food distribution Flyer Spanish

Food distribution Flyer Portuguese

DANIEL’S TABLE

Beginning on Tuesday, March 17th, Daniel’s Table will be open and distributing food to anyone in need.  Tuesdays and Fridays 1 PM - 3 PM, Wednesday 5 PM - 7 PM. Pick-up location 10 Pearl Street, Framingham. Contact 508-405-0769.

PROJECT BREAD

If you are in need of food security, contact Project Bread at 1-800-645-8333.

UNITED WAY OF TRI-COUNTY - PEARL STREET CUPBOARD & CAFE AT PARK

United Way will be open to anyone in need.   Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 9 AM - 1 PM (M, W, F), 5:30 PM- 7 PM (W).  Pick-up location 46 Park Street, Framingham. Contact 508-370-4921 and 774-200-3556.

A PLACE TO TURN 

Open to All MetroWest Residents. Food pick up is available Tuesday and Thursdays only from 9:30-12:30. They require some form of ID, and/or a bill. Pick-up location 99 Hartford Street, Natick MA. Contact 508-655-8868

For additional information on food resources visit the City of Framingham Food and Donation Information webpage. The city recognizes that some residents are in an emergency situation and cannot reach those resources. Framingham has developed an additional resource for those people and set up a phone number - (508) 532-5479 - for residents experiencing an extreme food emergency. 

** For families who will have difficulty accessing the food distribution sites, please  add student’s information to the Google Doc managed by Jacob Hanson (jhanson@framingham.k12.ma.us).  Please include the student’s name, address, phone number and whether translation services are needed, total number of people in home, school, and person making the referral.

Housing, Aid and related family supports

  • The United Way: Call 1-866-211-9966 and provide your zip code to get a list of local agencies providing various forms of assistance. 
  • Shelters: The shelter system is still up and running but local offices may be closed. Shelter applications should be done by phone at 1-866-584-0653. 
  • MA Jobs for Justice: Access information on emergency relief funds.  Click here for more information in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
  • MetroWest Legal Services:  Is accepting new intakes between the hours of 10 AM to 1:00 PM (M, W, F) and 2 PM to 4 PM (T and Thur).   Call the main office line at 508-620-1830 and you will be directed to the appropriate party.
  • Family Resource Center: Provides a range of supports and services to families and Is currently operating by appointment only. Please call (508) 270-4313 to make an appointment.
  • TEMPO Young Adult Resource Center: Remains open but is currently accepting visitors by appointment only.  TEMPO serves young adults 16-24 and has laundry facilities, showers, computer access and can drop off food to those in need.  Please call (508) 879-1424 to make an appointment.
  • Department of Transitional Services (DTA): Assists low-income individuals and families to meet basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long term economic self-sufficiency. DTA is open to help with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assistance (SNAP benefits) but physical offices are closed. The DTA Assistance Line is (877) 382-2363 and is available from 8 AM - 4:45 PM  (M-F).
  • Department of Children and Families (DCF): Is open and working with limited staffing onsite. Most social workers are working remotely and using telehealth to conduct home visits. Staff can call as they usually do when filing reports. lf you cannot get through, use the hotline 1-800-792-5200. 

Email Jacob Hanson at jhanson@framingham.k12.ma.us for support, if needed

Emergency Childcare

MetroWest YMCA: Is offering care to essential workers, if they are in need. Visit this website for more information or call (508) 626-8271.

Coronavirus Questions or Concerns

The City of Framingham’s Emergency Operations Center is open to answer questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including information about food resources, testing sites, and ways to slow the spread of the virus. The center will be open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To connect to the Emergency Operations Center, please call: (508) 532-5800.

The statewide 2-1-1 helpline is for residents to get up to date information on COVID-19 prevention, testing, and referrals to local assistance. Callers dialing 2-1-1 will hear an automated menu of options. Callers press 2-6 for coronavirus or visit www.mass211.org.

Framingham Board of Health: (508)-532-5470

MA Department of Public Health, Epidemiology: (617) 983-6800 

  • If you have mild symptoms of a cold or flu, it's recommended that you stay home, rest and practice social distancing.
  • If you have concerning symptoms of a cold or flu, call your primary care physician. If you do not have a primary care physician, consider visiting a local urgent care center. Here are few urgent care centers: 
    • CareWell Urgent Care, 50 Worcester Rd #3, Framingham: (508) 861-7375
    • ConvenientMD Urgent Care, 236 Cochituate Rd, Framingham: (774) 244-3227
    • Natick Urgent Care, 4 Mercer Rd, Natick: (508) 318-4466
    • Partners Urgent Care,  219 North Main St, Natick: (774) 231-1977
    • AFC Urgent Care Natick, 945 Worcester St, Natick: (508) 650-6208

What if you are sick CDC fact sheet: English and Spanish

HealthyChildren.org – Coronavirus Resource for Children and Families

Mental Health Support

Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
Wayside is continuing to provide a range of services, including counseling, psychiatric emergency services (PES) and support groups.  Please click the link

Wayside Youth & Family Support Network for more information.

Crisis Support 

  • Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES)  508-872-3333. 
  • Advocates 1-800-640-5432
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • TYY- Hearing & Speech Impaired 1-800-799-4889
  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ) 1-866-488-7386 
  • Samaritans  1-877-870-4673 (Talk or Text)
  • Voices Against Violence is offering help by phone at 508-826-8686 or 1-800-593-1125 or online chat at rc.chat/voices.
  • Call to Talk 1-508-532-2255 or Text 741741

Resources to talk about COVID-19 with Children 

Children look to adults for guidance in stressful times. How we manage our own fears and worries when children are present can influence their mindset and responses. To the greatest extent possible, when we as adults project calm and confidence in front of children, it helps to reduce their anxieties.  Many children find it calming to know that there are behaviors within their control to lower the risk of contracting COVID-19.

  • Remain calm and reassuring
  • Make yourself available
  • Monitor television viewing and social media usage
  • Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible 
  • Be honest and accurate
  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19
  • Review and model basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices for protection

Remember to keep explanations age appropriate

  • Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should balance COVID-19 facts with appropriate reassurances that their schools and homes are safe and that adults are there to help keep them healthy and to take care of them if they do get sick. Give simple examples of the steps people take every day to stop germs and stay healthy, such as washing hands. Use language such as “adults are working hard to keep you safe.”
  • Upper elementary and early middle school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what will happen if COVID-19 comes to their school or community. They may need assistance separating reality from rumor and fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to prevent germs from spreading.
  • Upper middle school and high school students are able to discuss the issue in a more in-depth (adult-like) fashion and can be referred directly to appropriate sources of COVID-19 facts. Provide honest, accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control.

Resources in English

Resources in Spanish

Resources in Portuguese

Resources to Support Children’s Social Emotional and Mental Health

Preventative Measures: Social Distancing 

  • Social distancing is the practice of deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19. 
  • Social distancing in the context of school-aged children looks like:
  • No kid playdates, parties, sleepovers, or families/friends visiting each other's houses and apartments. We need to try to create distance between family units and between individuals. But even if you choose only one friend to have over, you are creating new links and possibilities for the type of transmission that all of our school/work/public event closures are trying to prevent. 
  • The symptoms of the coronavirus take four to five days to manifest.. Someone who comes over looking well can transmit the virus. 
  • Sharing food is particularly risky — and shouldn’t be done outside of family or usual housemates.

Resources in English

Resources in Spanish

Resources in Portuguese

Preventative Measures: CDC Recommendations to Protect Yourself and Your Family

You can practice healthy habits at home to help protect against the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice social distancing
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you sneeze or cough into a tissue, throw it in the trash right away.
  • Keep your hands out of your mouth, nose, and eyes. This will help keep germs out of your body.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Follow these five steps—wet, lather (make bubbles), scrub (rub together), rinse and dry. You can sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
  • If you don’t have soap and water, use hand sanitizer.
  • Keep things clean. Older children can help adults at home clean things we touch the most, like desks, doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls. 

For more information visit the CDC website: English and Spanish