Safe Berks Response to the Coronavirus COVID-19
The Safe Berks Board of Directors, our CEO Beth Garrigan, and our Chief Operating Officer Mereliss Colon Ortiz are closely monitoring new updates concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19). Our highest priority is to safeguard the health and safety of our residents, clients and staff.
In order to protect the public health, as well as the health of the Safe Berks family, we have enacted several changes. These changes are temporary; we hope to return to previous practices in the near future. We are very grateful to the community for your support of Safe Berks as volunteers, donors and advocates, and we ask for your continued support during these challenging times.
Temporary changes to Safe Berks policies
For victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who are seeking our free crisis services, we ask you to call our 24-hour hotline at 844-789-SAFE (7233) or text SAFE BERKS to 20121. Crisis services, including requests for shelter or medical advocacy, will flow through the hotline and text line. We will continue to provide free, confidential services to local survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault 24 hours each day. All our services are available in English and Spanish. Anyone in immediate danger should call 911.
For Legal questions and concerns, please call 610-373-1206, ext.107, and leave a message. Messages will be checked frequently by our Legal Advocates, who will call clients back. All Counseling Support Groups are postponed at this time, but free individual counseling is still available. For requests for Counseling, or questions specific to Counseling, call 610-373-1206, ext 606, and our Counselors will call you back. Safe Berks staff will continue to work closely with Tower Health/Reading Hospital, Penn State Health St. Joseph, and Berks Community Health Center to provide medical advocacy and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. For questions about medical advocacy, please email MacyL@SafeBerks.org.
Any public events involving the Safe Berks Education and Outreach Department are canceled at this time. For questions specific to Education, email Lisa Tumbleson, Director of Education & Outreach, at LisaT@SafeBerks.org.
Safe Berks is temporarily not accepting donations of used goods. Check out our social media, especially our Facebook page, for updates on new items we may request, and instructions on how we can accept those needed items.
Safe Berks will limit the number of people who enter our building to residents and staff. Volunteers are asked not to visit Safe Berks at this time. If volunteers have any questions, please contact Mindy McIntosh, Director of Development, at MindyM@SafeBerks.org.
Thank you for your understanding. We will keep you updated through social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter), traditional media, and other communication channels. Thank you and be safe!