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Sunday, 05 April 2020

Cancellations, Closures & Delays

 
 
 
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As a community, we do our best to minimize changes in our schedule.  However, sometimes weather and other circumstances beyond our control necessitate a cancellation, closure or delay.  Please check this notice board for up-to-date cancellations, closures and delay information.
 
You may also want to make a note of our cancellation phone line information  (413.539.5941 ext. 314 or toll free 866.641.2853 ext. 314) for times when you will not be near a computer.

 

Closures and Cancellations for March and April, 2020

We will update this page as closures and cancellations come in.

SPACES:

As much as we want to stay open to support our community - and especially those who have nowhere safe to go and/or no access to phone or on-line supports, our capacity is limited by our budget and our total number of team members available to step in when others are sick and/or taking precautions due to their own health vulnerabilities. We are also continuing to attempt ot balance the realities that not everything can close because not everyone has a safe home to go to, and the importance of stopping the spread of the Covid-19 virus through social distancing. As such our current plan (in addition to added cleaning protocols, etc.) is as follows:

Centers: Our Holyoke and Springfield Centers will be open to 8 people at a time, up to two hours at a time. The main priority will be to support people in having their basic needs met. This will mean prioritizing people who either have no other safe place to be, or who are under serious threat of force. Our Greenfield and Pittsfield centers will remain open, but with most support provided at the door (though people will be able to use the bathroom, etc.). Everything is subject to change based on team capacity and/or updated requirements from the state.

Afiya: Afiya will remain open for as long as we are able to cover its hours. However, intial conversations (to see if someone is a fit to come into the house) will take place over the phone rather than in person. We will also be prioritizing people who have no other safe place to be, and people under threat of force. Visitors will temporarily not be allowed at he house.

SUPPORT GROUPS:

All in-person groups or classes in Western Mass. We are temporarily cancelling or putting on hiatus any RLC-sponsored groups, classes, or events scheduled to meet in Greenfield, Pittsfield, Holyoke, or Springfield. Instead, we are making several offerings available on-line. Find more information HERE about on-line/phone supports and groups. 

Somerville Altenratives to Suicide Group: The Thursday night Alternatives to Suicide group that meets in person at Assembly Square has been temporarily cancelled. It has been rescheduled as an on-line group until further notice. Details available HERE.

Jail and hospital bridging groups: All hospital and jail bridging groups have been put on hold until further notice but you can leave a message for our bridger team by calling 413.539.5941 x 334. The local jails and hospitals are not currently accepting visitors, which means that the bridgers are unable to hold groups or enter the facilities at this time.

 

TRAININGS, EVENTS, & OTHER GATHERINGS:

All RLC-sponsored events and trainings based in Massachusetts are being postponed or cancelled until further notice. This includes (but may not be limited to):

Western Mass Peer Network Every-Other-Month Gathering on the 4th Thursday @ 187 High Street, Holyoke: This gathering has been canceled due to prioritizing social distancing, and canceling unnecessary gatherings.

Maastricht Interview Training with Peter Bullimore & Kate Crawford, April 6-8, West Springfield: This event has been canceled with hopes to reschedule in the future. The trainers are unable to travel from the UK to the US at this time.

Open Mic Night, March 20th, Greenfield: This event has been canceled with hopes to reschedule in the future. Our lead performers are unable to attend.

Unusual Beliefs Training with Peter Bullimore & Kate Crawford, April 9-10, West Springfield: This event has been canceled with hopes to reschedule in the future. The trainers are unable to travel from the UK to the US at this time.

Anti-Oppression Event - Screening of Filberto, April 22nd, Holyoke: This event has been canceled with hopes to reschedule in the future. Our host location is not allowing events or groups to meet at their space at this time.

Alternatives to Suicide 3-day Facilitator Training in South Hadley: Libraries are closing and/or recommending that non-essential groups do not meet in their spaces. It will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

When Conversations Turn to Suicide 2-day Training in Dorchester, May 11 & 12: Although we hope things are getting back to normal by May, the current requirements make it difficult to advertise and recruit for this training. It will be delayed to a period of time when people are in a place to be considering signing up for trainings!

Peer Networking Awards Banquet @ the Knights of Columbus, Chicopee on May 8: Although we hope things are getting back to normal by May, the current situation makes it impossible to properly advertise and seek registrations for this event! We want to be sure that happens during a time when people are able to think about supporting and getting excited about this event. 

 

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Cancellations & Closures for Saturday January 18th, 2020

Unfortunately, The Pittsfield Center will be closed today Saturday, Jaunary 18th 2020, due to inclement weather. There will be no open hours and no game night. We hope to return to our normal schedule as of tomorrow.

Closures for Today, January 5th

Due to the weather, some of our centers and groups will not be open or meeting today, January 5th. Check back here for more information when we have it! You can also visit our Facebook page for the latest info: https://m.facebook.com/Western.Mass.RLC/

CLOSED OR CANCELED:
  • Greenfield Center and all groups

Afiya Peer Respite will be open and running as usual.

Center Closures for January 4th

Snowflake ClipartDue to the weather, our centers and groups will not be open or meeting tomorrow, January the 4th. Check back here for more information when we have it! You can also visit our Facebook page for the latest info: https://m.facebook.com/Western.Mass.RLC/
 
CLOSED OR CANCELED:
  • Greenfield Center and all groups
  • Holyoke Center and all groups
  • Bowen Center, Springfield, and all groups

Afiya Peer Respite will be open and running as usual.

Some Center Closures in November

Please note that our centers will be closed and most groups and activities cancelled on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday November 24 due to an All-Team 2-day training.

Please see our calendar (click here) to check on specific groups and activities to see if they will be running or not!

 

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