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Senior Life Center, Gainesville Connection unavailable through April 17

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (April 2, 2020) – Following the Gainesville City Council issuing a mandatory shelter-in-place order Wednesday, April 1, leaders will postpone reopening the Gainesville-Hall County Senior Life Center and reactivating other community services.

The Senior Life Center and Meals on Wheels program will remain closed through Friday, April 17. The center has remained closed to the public since mid-March.

This week, staff and regular volunteers – assisted by volunteers from the Gainesville campus of Free Chapel church – have packaged nearly 4,000 frozen meals and shelf stables to provide an additional two weeks’ worth of food to some 600 Meals on Wheels and Senior Life Center clients. Meals will be delivered to clients from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, April 3.

“… The Community Service Center (CSC) senior services staff call each of our clients daily to check on their status and to inquire about any urgent needs. Most clients are fine, but a few have had needs for more food, toiletries, etc. We have sent about two dozen requests for assistance to Free Chapel’s COVID-19 Urgent Response Team, and they have been very effective in meeting each and every need,” said CSC Director Phillippa Lewis Moss. “About two dozen of our Meals on Wheels and Senior Life Center volunteers have joined Free Chapel’s team during this pandemic. … The volunteers are paying for the requested goods and supplies themselves if the client does not have the financial means. Needless to say, this is huge contribution to our senior community!”

Gainesville Connection services, which normally provides scheduled bus services throughout Gainesville and parts of Oakwood and unincorporated Hall County, will also remain suspended through April 17.

Dial-A-Ride vanpool services will continue to operate with three vehicles instead of the usual seven. Trips will be prioritized for groceries, pharmacy supplies and medical appointments.

Dial-A-Ride operates weekdays from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Riders are asked to make reservations as soon as possible to secure their trip. Fare for Dial-A-Ride services starts at $2 and increases with each mile traveled. For more information, visit https://www.gainesville.org/fullpanel/uploads/files/dial-a-ride-brochure-9-2015.pdf.

The city will continue to communicate all cancellations, closures and possible service interruptions at gainesville.org and on the @GainesvilleGeorgiaGovernment Facebook page. At gainesville.org, look for the red banner at the top of the homepage for information detailing the city of Gainesville's response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

To remain current on coronavirus-related news and learn how to prevent the virus from spreading, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention online at cdc.gov or find the organization on Facebook.