COVID-19 Update

Jarvie beneficiaries and COVID-19

Dear friends,

The pandemic is hitting all of us hard – but few places are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic as severely as New York City and surrounding areas. New Yorkers are under severe movement restrictions and hospitals are besieged with ill patients. We are all keeping the residents of New York in our prayers, particularly those serving in the medical field, and we hope you are, too. 

The health, safety and welfare of our Jarvie family members has always been and continues to be our highest priority.  As a result, we have made changes to ensure the health and safety of our Jarvie family members and are closely monitoring the developments of this evolving situation.  

We are glad to report that the staff and leadership of the Jarvie Program on the ground in New York City have been preparing for this pandemic well before others were even taking it seriously. This has proven to be very wise and proactive on their part – and we are grateful. The Jarvie program leadership asked for and received extra funds to buy supplies and medications for Jarvie beneficiaries weeks ahead of the declaration of a pandemic. This keeps them from having to go to stores and ensured they had items on hand that are now in short supply.

Social workers and our chaplain suspended their in-person visits out of an abundance of caution weeks ago, and we are grateful for that foresight. They are keeping in touch with the beneficiaries via phone and email. Our beneficiaries know they have an amazing team of individuals caring for them and their health and welfare.   

We have the utmost respect for our staff and the leadership of the Jarvie Program, and we continue to be indebted to them for their dedication to the program and to the beneficiaries. We are especially grateful now for their years of experience in the field that led them to make proactive decisions that have helped preserve the quality of life and health of the beneficiaries during this difficult time.

Please stay safe and healthy and keep the Jarvie family in your prayers.

In Christ’s Service,

Doug McArthur, Chair
Jarvie Commonweal Service Committee
March 31, 2020