Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In response to the public health crisis over coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure our staff, the people we serve, and our community members that we are carefully monitoring the situation on a daily basis, via updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as any communications from State and Local authorities.


As the global effect of coronavirus (COVID-19) intensifies, we remain firmly committed to the health and safety of our clients, staff and community.  At this time, we are extending the suspension of many of our programs and services until further notice, in line with the Governor’s statewide safety measures.

These programs include:

  • Gerwig (Columbia) Day Program
  • Baltimore City Day Program
  • Woodside Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP)
  • Woodside Deaf Services
  • Youth Transition Services (SOS, STEP, SCC, WBLE, W2W)
  • Adult Workforce Development and Employment Services
  • Transportation Services

We will continue to provide essential in-home services to individuals we serve in Residential, Supported Living, and Behavioral Support Services. Personal Supports and Employment Services (for human services clients) are being provided on a limited basis only. We are also pursuing alternative service models that may allow us to reinstate some of our programming through remote training and telehealth services.

As many of you may know, the nonprofit sector has been hit especially hard during this crisis. It is disrupting our economy and causing pain for both the people we employ and the vulnerable populations we serve. We realize the enormous impact that the absence of our services has had in our community and we look forward to restoring these services as soon as it is safe and practical.

As we face this unprecedented public health crisis, we need your help to continue providing essential, uncompromising services to our community and those we serve. Your contributions are vital to sustaining our services during this time.
 
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As part of the federal government’s new COVID-19 Stimulus bill, additional tax incentives are now available for those who want to increase their charitable giving during this time (more info below).

Across the community, we see inspiring displays of generosity and commitment by people determined to help others. We must remember that we are all in this together and we will get through this together. At Humanim, we remain steadfastly committed to our mission of supporting and empowering individuals who face social or economic challenges — by building pathways to economic equity, opportunity, and independence.

Thank you so much for your continued support and partnership.


What We Are Doing

  • Humanim has assembled an Emergency Response Team to monitor the spread of COVID-19, respond quickly, and provide updates to staff, clients and community.
  • All staff have been provided procedural and prevention guidelines. Procedural guidelines will be updated as needed.
  • Prevention guidelines and protocols have been posted in and at the entrance of all Humanim office locations.
  • Humanim is continuing to diligently follow CDC protocols for keeping our buildings and transportation services clean. Sanitizing products are readily available at all of our locations.
  • We have stopped all agency wide travel conferences.
  • Large agency meetings have been cancelled and replaced with video conferencing. Employees who can work remotely, are encouraged to do so.
  • Staff who are sick or exhibiting signs of respiratory illness or fever are required to stay home from work, and follow CDC quarantine protocols.
  • Staff who have been potentially exposed to the virus, have traveled on a cruise, or have traveled to any of the countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice will be prohibited from returning to work until they have completed the 14 day CDC Quarantine Protocol.

We also ask that all staff, clients and visitors follow the health and safety precautions recommended by the CDC:

Prevention & Safety Guidelines:

  • Get a flu Shot – it is not too late.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap & hot water for at least 20 seconds, scrubbing in between fingers and nails. Dry hands thoroughly.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (let it dry, don’t wipe off).
  • Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If there is no tissue on hand, cough or sneeze into the crux of your arm (elbow).
  • Avoid shaking hands. (elbow bump instead)
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Practice good health habits — get plenty of rest; eat well-balanced meals.
  • Practice Social Distancing: Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters) and limit your activities in public. Avoid crowded areas such as shopping centers, gyms, movie theaters.
  • If you are sick, exhibiting any signs of respiratory illness or fever, stay at home. Do not attend programs or go to work. Please do not enter Humanim facilities.
  • If you have been potentially exposed to the virus, have recently traveled on a cruise ship, or have visited any of the CDC website’s Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries, please do not enter Humanim facilities for at least 14 days.

Charitable Contribution Provisions in the COVID-19 Stimulus Bill
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)

  • There is a new above-the-line deduction available for up to $300 in annual charitable contributions in cash to a qualified charity, for people who do NOT itemize their deductions (contribution is subtracted from gross income).
  • Prior to the CARES Act, an individual’s deduction for cash contributions to public charities generally was limited to 60% of the individual’s adjusted gross income. The CARES Act increases the deductible amount for an individual’s contribution in 2020 to a qualified public charity to 100% of the individual’s adjusted gross income.
  • The COVID-19 Stimulus Bill charitable contribution provisions apply only to cash donations to qualified public charities; they do not apply to private foundations or donor advised funds. To constitute a qualified contribution, the contribution must be made during the 2020 calendar year regardless of whether the taxpayer’s taxable year is the calendar year.
  • Corporations can deduct charitable contributions up to 25 percent of taxable income, up from 10 percent previously.

This information is not intended to provide legal or accounting advice, or to address specific situations. Please consult with your legal or tax advisor for specific advice and additional information


RESOURCES

COVID-19 Symptoms

COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines

What To Do If You Get Sick

Download Our Community Resources Directory

COVID-19 Resources from the Developmental Disabilities Administration

COVID-19 Resources from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

COVID-19 Unemployment Guide

Self-Care for Direct Support Professionals 

COVID-19 Toolkit for Direct Support Professionals

We encourage everyone to visit the Maryland Health Department and CDC websites to learn more:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx

 

Updated 3.30.20