"We've spent a lot of time on educating our staff," said Lombardo. "For us it's about keeping our staff as safe and healthy as we can, and doing the same for people we serve." Lombardo said VOA is keeping to its mission of "immediate, direct services," while trying to take all appropriate precautions. "We have trained professional staff (on the street) and that was a conscious decision," he said. "We've minimized the number of volunteers we're using now; we don't want them exposed (to the virus)."
‘We don’t have the luxury of going home.’ N.J. homeless shelters brace for coronavirus.
“We are operating under the basis that it is only a matter of time and we are going to try and postpone the inevitable as long as we can,” said Dan Lombardo, the CEO of Volunteers of America Delaware Valley. “We have been spending the last couple weeks trying to get it to a place where we are minimizing as much exposure to the virus as we can.”
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High quality, outcome-driven assistance programs offered.
Families in our shelters are placed in permanent housing.
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Recidivism rate for clients served by Safe Return program.