COVID-19 Update

Jarvie beneficiaries and COVID-19

Dear friends,

This has been a year of great challenges, particularly for those who live in New York City as they have battled the COVID-19 virus. The Jarvie program was forced to suspend in-person visits earlier this year to our Jarvie program beneficiaries. Out of an abundance of caution, we have not yet begun those in-person visits again.

Instead, the staff that operates the program in New York City has stayed in touch remotely with the Jarvie program beneficiaries. We have provided a listening ear when they’ve felt lonely, isolated and stressed, and we have had groceries delivered when they could not leave their homes or did not feel comfortable doing so. Our Jarvie chaplain, who joined us full-time in May, has been in touch with many who have welcomed the conversations. Indeed, during this time, an extra set of listening ears and spiritual guidance has been most welcome!

The health, safety, and welfare of our Jarvie family members has always been and continues to be our highest priority. 

We are glad to report that the staff and leadership of the Jarvie Program on the ground in New York City were 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 back in March. This kept them from having to go to stores and ensured they had items on hand that are now in short supply.

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
July 29, 2020