Reopening: STEP 3

Effective July 16, 2021

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While COVID-19 has impacted all of us, there are individuals who may be at a greater risk of poor health from COVID-19 due to factors such as age, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, existing health conditions, ability, income, transportation, social isolation, or difficulty accessing culturally appropriate health services. This section is for individuals who may need extra support and also for the agencies and caregivers who provide support to individuals at risk during COVID-19.

Continue to check the Government of Canada and Ontario websites as these provide updated information on funding for individuals negatively impacted and who require extra support.

The COVID-19 Lambton County Community Resource compiles community organizations and their services that may assist you during the pandemic into one document. This resource may be downloaded and printed for easy access. For the most up-to-date information on services related to a specific topic, you can navigate using the categories below:

How can I get information on:

I am vulnerable, know vulnerable people, or have questions about COVID-19 vaccination for vulnerable people. Where do I find out more information?

Find out more about the vaccine at: www.GetTheVaccine.ca

Services for Older Adults At Home During COVID-19

The Family Counselling Centre (FCC) provides a single-point access for older adults in Lambton County to connect to services for health, social, or other needs.

Older adults, caregivers, and family members can call one number to access a wide array of support services to help them thrive at home while reducing their risk for COVID-19. Contact 519-336-0120 ext 251 or visit the Family Counselling Centre’s website.

You can find other local resources for Seniors in Lambton at: www.AgeFriendlySarniaLambton.ca/

Community Events & Volunteering Safely

Supporting others and volunteering are excellent ways to help our community make it through this pandemic. Continue to follow COVID-19 public health measures and restrictions when assisting others. This will help protect both of you.

Guidance for Food Assistance and Emergency Food Programs – For those receiving and distributing food donations during COVID-19
Training Resources and Supports – A curated list of videos and training documents for organizers and volunteers participating in events 
Guidance for Food Donations During COVID-19 – Measures for donating safely

Interested in staying connected or giving back through volunteering? 
Find volunteer opportunities at SPARK Ontario
 
To volunteer safely: 
Consider your own health before volunteering. If you are at greater risk of poor health from COVID-19, you may want to consider ways of volunteering that do not increase your potential for contact with COVID-19. There are many ways to give back to your community, for more ways to help go to #LambtonStrong.
Stay home if you’re sick. Screen yourself for COVID-19 symptoms or this Ontario Self-Assessment before participating. If you have any of the symptoms, stay home. 
Practice physical distancing with individuals outside your household.
Wear a proper mask or face covering if distancing is not possible.
Wash your hands frequently, and before and after interacting with someone.
If you’re dropping something off call or text to let them know their items are at the door. If face to face contact is necessary, remember to practice physical distancing. 

Income, Employment, & Work

Social Services can help you to cover the cost of basic needs such as food or shelter and access Ontario Works. For inquiries please call 519-344-2057 or email socialservices@county-lambton.on.ca
 
Financial help is available, answer a few simple questions or access the Canadian Government’s website to find out if you are eligible for Employment Insurance or other Recovery benefits.

CERB (Coronavirus Emergency Response Benefit) ended as of October 3. If you are still in need of financial support, you may be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). 
If you were receiving CERB, you may be eligible for one of the new recovery benefits retroactive to September 27, 2020 and available until September 25, 2021. Find out how you can apply at the Canadian Government’s website

Accessing Food and Health Care

Accessing food:
• Mobile Markets have started for the season. See this resource for dates, locations and additional information.
• Grocery stores offering pickup or delivery services, find a location close to you.
• Food banks – find a food bank near you
• Meals on Wheels delivers a variety of meals right to your door. 
• Garden Fresh Box is a low cost food box program with pickup sites throughout Lambton County. For a location near you, call Lambton Public Health at 519-383-8331 ext. 3111.
• If you are an emergency food provider, COVID-19-related guidance is available. 

Accessing healthcare:
• Ontario will cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people, see Ontario Expands Coverage for Care.
• Where to access healthcare (other than the hospital)

Housing

• Need to find emergency housing – Inn of the Good Shepherd – Lodge Intake at 519-344-1679.
• Need help finding housing? Call County of Lambton Housing Services at 519-344-2062 ext. 2200. 
• Need help with tenancy-related issues such as eviction or needing repairs? Call Community Legal Assistance Sarnia at 519-332-8055 or 1-888-916-2527.

Mental Health, Substance Use, & Abuse Services 

Have you been struggling with your mental health and well-being? There are free local services in Sarnia-Lambton at MindsConnected.ca and Ontario resources on the provincial website. 

For other COVID-19 specific resources, visit one of the websites below:

Mental Health & the COVID-19 Pandemic – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health strategies to maintain your mental health during COVID-19
Wellness Together – Government of Canada online platform that connects you to mental health and substance use support, resources, and counselling with a mental health professional
Big White Wall – 24/7 anonymous online platform for mental health peer support
BounceBack Ontario – guided self-help program using workbooks, videos, and phone coaching
Mindyourmind – interactive tools and resources to build capacity and resilience for youth and young adults
Coping with Stress, Anxiety and Substance Use During COVID-19 – Infographic from Canadian Centre on Substance Use & Addiction

Local Services & Resources:
• Bluewater Health – Withdrawal Management Services
– Community Withdrawal Management 519-332-4673
– Residential Withdrawal Management Program 519-464-4487
Bluewater Methadone Clinic Sarnia Location 519-337-5000
– Wallaceburg Location 519-627-5800
Women’s Interval Home of Sarnia-Lambton– 1 800-265-1412
Victim Services of Sarnia Lambton – 519-344-8861 x 5238

Supports for loved ones:
Mental Health Commission of Canada – Caregiver Resources
The Ontario Caregiver Association – Find Support
British Colombia Centre on Substance Use – Family and Caregiver Resources 

Staying Connected

Do you know someone who could use some help staying connected with others?
There are free services available: 
• The Tel-Check Program can provide regular phone calls to seniors, people with disabilities and people who may live alone or with their families/caregivers.
Lambton County Connects is a free phone based program and a way for isolated community members to participate in social activities.
• The Ontario Caregiver Association offers free resources, a helpline, and live chat for those caring for loved ones, including tips during COVID-19.

First Nation, Metis & Inuit Services

Lambton Public Health’s service area is located on the territories of many Indigenous peoples and provides services to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people living in urban and rural communities. We recognize and value First Nations, Métis, and Inuit healing practices and the work of local Healers and Elders. Listed below are resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic from local organizations as well as from the federal and provincial organizations.   
 
Health Services
First check with local healers and elders in your community. There are supports locally you may wish to contact for information related to COVID-19:
E’Mino Bmaad-Zijig Gamig (Aamjiwnaang Health Centre)
Kettle & Stony Point Health Services
The Walpole Island Health Centre
• Sarnia Lambton Native Friendship Centre in Sarnia at 519-344-6164 or email info@slnfc.org
Lambton College Indigenous Student Centre
 
Other Relevant COVID-19 Resources
Chiefs of Ontario
Ontario Native Women’s Association
Assembly of First Nations
• Government of Canada Indigenous YouTube channel
COVID-19: How Indigenous people can access services and benefits
• The Government of Canada has released information to support First Nation and Inuit people in preparing, monitoring, and responding to COVID-19.
• Shkaabe Makwa partnered with CAMH to create a poster about self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accessibility Needs

For some of us there are physical and intellectual limitations that make the COVID-19 pandemic even more stressful. Watch this short video for more information on how to keep our loved ones safe.
 
Sector specific guidance for Group Homes during COVID-19 is updated regularly on its own website.
 
For additional information about the resources available in Lambton County visit:
Lambton County Developmental Services
Community Living Sarnia-Lambton
Pathways Health Centre for Children
Ontario Disability Support Program (Sarnia)
Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities

Newcomers, Immigrants, & Refugees

Info sheets on COVID-19 and how to stay safe in multiple languages from Ottawa Public Health. 
The YMCA Learning and Career Centre is offering virtual services to all newcomers in the Sarnia-Lambton Community.
The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants has a series of COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletins available in multiple languages.

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