COVID-19 Update 10/15/2020:
As supporters, volunteers, and friends of Citizens Inn, we will be keeping this web page updated with information about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how you can help. As the situation evolves, we are shifting operations as necessary to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of those experiencing food insecurity and homelessness in our community, while keeping our clients, staff, and volunteers safe and healthy.
We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our community and acting proactively, with the following modifications to our operations:
- We will no longer be accepting in-kind donations (food, clothing, etc.) until further notice, due to sanitary concerns.
- Our administrative office (81 Main Street), is open M-F 9-5. However, if you have any questions or concerns please call first, 978-531-9775.
- No visitors are permitted at the shelters at this time. All outside providers should call our administrative office prior to visiting.
- Haven from Hunger (71 Wallis Street, Peabody) will continue to operate, providing clients with pre-bagged groceries, including dairy, meats, fresh produce, and shelf-stable food from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. This service is available to all residents of Peabody, Salem, and Lynnfield.
- NEW – senior hour for clients 65 and older. Seniors can come to Haven for pantry services between 9am-10am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
- If you are a Peabody, Salem or Lynnfield resident and need to access our pantry services, please fill out this form and bring it with you, along with an ID and a piece of mail from the last 30 days with your address on it. The form is also available in Spanish and Portuguese. Please refer to the times above for pantry hours.
- Take-away meals will be distributed from 4:00-5:00 pm on the same days, from the same location to any Peabody residents who need a meal.
- All of our facilities, including Inn Between, Inn Transition, and Haven from Hunger, are cleaned and sanitized frequently, and our clients and staff are thoroughly following best hygiene practices
How can YOU help?
- Volunteering opportunities are limited in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. Please reach out to Gianna Langis, firstname.lastname@example.org to find out specific days and times available for volunteering at Haven.
- Cash donations are most appreciated at this time, as we have seen a surge in unforeseen expenses associated with this virus. This includes cleaning supplies, bags for food, gloves, additional staff if needed, additional shifts to accommodate more trips to the Greater Boston Food Bank and transportation of food to many senior citizens’ and students’ homes.
- Lastly, our holiday season at both the shelters and pantry will look different this year. We will be purchasing gift cards for families in shelter, as well as at Haven instead of physical gifts. We need funds to purchase these gift cards. Please consider making a gift of any amount to help make this holiday season a little brighter for the thousands who rely on our services in your community: www.citizensinn.org/give
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK or text TALK to 741741
- Lahey Behavioral Health Emergency Services at 978-745-244
- Massachusetts Covid-19 unemployment information
- SNAP Benefits (formerly food stamps)
- Experiencing a housing crisis?
- FoodSource Hotline – Project Bread 1-800-377-1292
- NSCAP partners with Board of Health Hotline for residents with questions or in need of referrals: 978-548-5795
In the News
- Pandemic causes spike in Peabody summer meals program – Salem News
- Feeding the Need – Salem News
- Laid-off restaurant workers come to the rescue for Citizens Inn – Lynn Item
- Postponement of food drive leaves a shortfall – Salem News
- Food bank puts food on the table, people back to work – WCVB Channel 5
- Pandemic hard on pets ‘Pet food bank’ responds to overlooked need – Salem News
- Column: Cooperation in a time of COVID-19 – Salem News
- Feeding the hungry: Pantries need a helping hand – Salem News
- Peabody Pantry is Haven from Hunger in Troubled Times – Lynn Item
- ‘This too shall pass:’ Families already on edge face additional hardships – WCVB Channel 5
- Groups gather, distribute food to kids in need in Peabody – WCVB Channel 5
- Shelters work to keep homeless safe, supported amid pandemic – Salem News
- As virus spreads, pantry goes grab and go – Salem News
- Interview with Dustin Luca of the Salem News and virtual tour of new operations – Salem News
This week’s topic focuses on children and Covid-19. Executive director, Corey Jackson is joined by Christin Brown from Children’s Friend and Family Services a division of JRI. Corey also chats with our clinical director, Maureen Fiore.
Helpful resources for families, parents and children:
Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A, Week 6 —
This week’s Virtual Community Response and Q & A can be found here. Executive director, Corey Jackson chats with Barbara St. Pierre join us, a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years experience working with children and families. Hear Barbara’s helpful tips regarding mental health and self care during this crisis.
Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A, Week 5 —
This week’s Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A can be found here. Executive director, Corey Jackson focuses on our efforts with the Peabody schools, with help from Rotary Club of Peabody and No Child Goes Hungry in Peabody. Corey chats with school committee member and No Child Goes Hungry In Peabody ED, Jarrod Hochmant.
Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A, Week 4 —
This week’s Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A can be found here. Executive director, Corey Jackson focuses on the current operations at Haven from Hunger, including our recent hiring of 10 new employees with crisis funding. We will also update you on our work with the Peabody schools and the Salem Community.
Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A, Week 3 —
This week’s Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A can be found here. Executive director, Corey Jackson focuses on our current hiring needs. We are using crisis funding to hire 10 new temporary employees at Haven from Hunger. We anticipate this to last, at minimum, 8 weeks. This is a great opportunity for someone who works in the food service industry and is currently unemployed due to COVID-19.
Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A, Week 2 —
This week’s Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A can be found here. Executive director, Corey Jackson focuses on our current, essential services and how folks can access those services. Learn how we, at Citizens Inn, are keeping our clients safe during this unprecedented time. And finally, find out about other emergency services for you or someone in need.
Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A, Week 1 —
This weeks Virtual Community Response Update and Q & A can be found here. Executive director, Corey Jackson shares our role in helping the most vulnerable during this crisis and answering questions that we invited the public to submit.