PHC's COVID-19 Response Plan
PHC RESPONDS TO COVID 19 - Creates Neighbours Helping Neighbours Program (NXN)
Do you need the help of a neighbour ? To make a pick up or just to talk on the phone?
Are you available to help a neighbour?
Residents who are following the recommendations to stay at home and need help OR residents who would like to volunteer as a helping neighbour please click the link below to fill out our online form OR phone 778-762-1274 for help completing the form.
Those who need help will be matched with someone who can help within 24- 48 hours. Those who volunteer help will be contacted as needed.
Volunteers wishing to be part of Neighbours Helping Neighbours must already have a police check - either from PHC or from another volunteer agency on Gabriola. If you want to help and don’t have a police check you must provide a letter of recommendation to PHC from a community member in good standing.
Please click here to fill out our online application
*CHANGES TO REGULAR PHC PROGRAMS*
Food Bank Grocery Program:
Pick-up Tuesdays between 10am-2pm OUTSIDE, on the side of the PHC building facing the gardens.
Groceries will be prepacked, and your name will be checked off a list rather than the usual 'selection list'. If you cannot make that time, please contact Kenda to make alternative arrangements. If you are in quarantine or social-distancing (because of vulnerable health concerns) we can arrange a drop off by contacting Kenda (see above).
*Updated* Soup Socials:
Meals are available to pick up 'to go' on Tuesdays ONLY now. Mondays and Fridays are cancelled.
*Updated* Food Recovery Pick-Up:
Food Recovery pickups are cancelled, except for the food recovery that will be sorted on Mon/Tues and go out in groceries.
All seniors' programs are closed. This includes peer led exercise, the monthly luncheon, New Age of Aging, and the seniors' activity day program, Stepping Up Stepping Out.
The Home Hospice, friendly visiting, and Caregiver support programs are currently continuing.
Community Social Worker - 250-802-4946
Community Advocate - 250-816-7645
Community Mental Health Worker - 250-714-4293
Nurses Line - 811
Non-medical information about COVID-19 is available 7:30am-8pm at 1-888-COVID19
Free, Online Assessment Tool -
Crisis Line - 1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433
Other events and programs
The Graduation Day for the 22 new Home Care Worker graduates has been postponed.
PHC Executive Director's Statement
Over the past few weeks PHC staff in consultation with our partners, volunteers and participants have been adapting our programs to reflect best practices and recommendations from Island Health and BC government agencies.
Volunteers returning from vacation across all programs are being asked to wait two weeks before returning to their program area.
It is always the most vulnerable amongst us who are hit hardest by these kinds of events. Without financial means it is hard to "buy ahead" or make extra money for additional expenses by taking on an extra shift especially if you work in a service sector job. Even coming into PHC for a few mornings a week to spend time where it is warm and comfortable is a luxury that is quickly evaporating. PHC staff and volunteers are adapting the food programs to reduce personal risks while maintaining service. Our costs for cleaning materials has far exceed the budget, containers, and additional canned good supplies have all gone up. Food banks across the country anticipate an increase in individuals and families seeking support from the Food Programs as the financial impacts of the virus ripple through the community. You can help by making a special donation to PHC via the Canada Helps website at www.canadahelps.org
Our seniors programs were adapted weekly for a number of weeks to reduce the exposure of participants. As of March 16, all of the seniors programs have closed.
The situation is constantly changing and we are continuing to change as well. If you have any questions or concerns please send them to email@example.com or call 250 247 7311