COVID 19 Updates

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 4, 2020

The Provincetown Recovery Coalition Announces Community-Wide Social Services Survey

The goal is to understand the community’s thoughts and needs to provide direction to the coalition, the select board, and town government

(Provincetown, Mass.) – The Provincetown Recovery Coalition announces the creation of a community-wide survey which launches today.  The social services team, led by Provincetown Health Director Morgan Clark, HOW Executive Director Gwynne Guzzeau, and ASGCC CEO Dan Gates, created the survey to understand the thoughts and needs of those who live and/or work in Provincetown, and to get feedback on how people would like see the next few months unfold.  The information gathered from this survey will provide essential direction to the coalition, the select board and town government as they work together to figure out the best way to approach a phased re-opening of Provincetown.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for people to have their voices heard, to tell us how they are doing, how they are feeling and how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting them,” said Morgan Clark, Provincetown’s Director of Health.  “The Health Department, the Recovery Coalition and our many partners take the health and wellbeing of our community seriously and we want to hear from everyone.”

The survey will be distributed to everyone who calls Provincetown home or works here.  The identified populations are year-round residents, part-time residents, workers who work in Provincetown but live elsewhere, and parents of children who attend the Provincetown schools.   The survey team is mindful of the diversity of Provincetown’s population and the goal is to reach as many people as possible.

People will be able to find the survey on the town’s website until May 11, 2020 and a link to the survey is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ptownrecovery.  The coalition’s members will promote the survey through their subgroups and email lists, and the public will be notified through the media, public service announcements, social media, and town department newsletters.

“Your participation in the survey will provide important information for the Coalition, the Town, and the many social service agencies — from non-profits, to churches and volunteer groups — that are working to serve the ongoing and emerging needs of our neighbors and colleagues,” said Gwynne Guzzeau, HOW’s Executive Director.

“Marginalized populations are most at risk during this health crisis, and by designing a Social Services group within the Provincetown Recovery Coalition – which includes input from nearly every social service agency in town – Town Manager Robin Craver is working to ensure we all have a seat at the table. I’m grateful to co-chair the Social Services working group with Gwynne Guzzeau,” said Dan Gates, CEO of ASGCC.

Gates added, “Between ASGCC and HOW, our agencies serve numerous communities within Provincetown, from people living with HIV, women facing chronic health conditions, people disproportionately impacted by alcohol and substance use, the LGBTQ+ community, those experiencing housing instability and those in need of access to fair healthcare and mental health care, we help locals from all walks of life who call Provincetown home. Given our experience, and under the supervision of Health Director Morgan Clark, we thought a community-wide survey was needed to best assess a path forward.”

“I think the information we receive from the community through this survey will be indispensable for the Select Board and town committees as we work together to find the best approach for the phased re-opening of our town,” noted Robin Craver, Provincetown’s Town Manager.  “I want thank Morgan and her team for their thoughtful and hard work.”

For any questions on the survey, please email the Provincetown Recovery Coalition at Coalition@provincetown-ma.gov

Contact: Leslie Sandberg (651) 746-9767

 


March 2020

Dear Community Members,

We hope you are all doing well in this unprecedented time of change. We realize that community members are feeling a growing sense of uncertainty at this time, so we want to remind you that we are here with you.

As residents living across Cape Cod and the Commonwealth prepare for the closing of non-essential businesses and moving into “stay at home” measures, ASGCC today took additional steps to greatly reduce risk for our clients, participants, volunteers and staff over the next few weeks.

Provincetown:

  • All Medical Case Management services are shifting to virtual meetings, staff are working remotely.
  • ASGCC’s Food and Nutrition program – specifically daily meals for clients living in Provincetown and Truro – will be available by delivery only. We have a small staff working out of the office for food preparation and delivery.
  • The Drop-in Center on Commercial Street will continue with appointment only for Syringe Services and Narcan access, by delivery. All staff will be working remotely. The phone number for the Drop-in Center is 508.487.8311
  • HIV/STI testing is temporarily suspended. However, if you feel you have been exposed to HIV transmission and need urgent access to testing, please call us.
  • Phones will be answered from 9:00am until 3:00pm daily. The office number is 508.487.9445 for the client services, including the food program.
  • Foley House services will continue uninterrupted with social distancing practices in place.

Hyannis / Falmouth:

  • All Medical Case Management services are shifting to virtual meetings.
  • Phones will be answered from 9:00am until 3:00pm daily. The phone number for Hyannis is 508.778.1954, and for Falmouth it is 774.763.6656.
  • Office sites will closed to the public and staff will have limited presence on site. No “walk up” services are available. All syringe/Narcan services will be phone order and delivery only one day per week. All Staff will be working remotely.
  • Food pantry services will be delivered once per week on a specified date with phone order delivery service only for ASGCC clients.
  • HIV/STI testing is temporarily suspended. However, if you feel you have been exposed to HIV transmission and need urgent access to testing, please call us.

Martha’s Vineyard:

  • Office services are temporarily suspended, but phones are still active from 9:00am until 3:00pm daily. The office phone number is 774.994.7935.

All behavioral health support groups have temporarily shifted to online platforms. For information on Crystal Free (including access to the “drop-in” group for gay/bi men seeking recovery supports from crystal meth), please email dgates@asgcc.org.

Dan Gates
President and CEO
AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod