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WALK THE WALK 2020

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FALL NEWSLETTER

October 2020
Read our most recent newsletter and learn more about happenings at VIBS.

 

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COMMEMORATION DAY 2020

VIBS recognizes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Commemoration Day 2020 by going virtual this year alongside other Long Island organizations and agencies serving survivors. Together, we have created a video to honor those who have been impacted by violence and abuse, including those who have died as a result of intimate partner violence.

Please click the play button below to view.

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COVID-19 UPDATES
Please visit our Resource page for information.

 In-person appointments are now available to clients in crisis. The staff will also continue providing all services remotely. Only those with an appointment will be permitted into the building. No children under age 7 will be allowed into the building at this time. Young children may enter the building with one guardian who will be permitted to wait in the Waiting Room. Safe social distancing must be practiced in the building and chairs will be labeled accordingly. No more than six people will be permitted in the Waiting Room.

All those entering our offices will be screened to ensure safety, including a screening assessment and temperature check. A face covering is required. Please continue to monitor our website and social media platforms for updates.

Governor Cuomo has announced a travel advisory for all individuals traveling to NY from states with significant community spread. Individuals traveling to New York from the following states must quarantine for 14 days: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania meet the criteria for the travel advisory but due to the region’s interconnectedness, quarantine is not practically viable. As such, we highly discourage non-essential travel between these states and New York to the extent practical.

See the full list and more details here.

(Updated list as of  10/20/20)

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In addition to limiting the number of employees at the agency at the same time and staggering schedules, several precautions have been put into place to ensure the safety and
well-being of the staff including:

  • Staff are required to wear a mask/face covering when utilizing shared spaces and common areas in the agency.
  • Protective equipment including sanitizer, gloves and masks is being provided to staff.
  • Personnel will maintain social distancing unless safety or core function requires shorter distance.
  • Staff are required to perform a screening upon entry that includes a temperature check and screening questions to ensure that they are healthy and have not come into contact with a COVID-19 positive person in the past 14 days.

The health and safety of our staff is of the utmost importance. We will continue to monitor the announcements from the Governor and officials in Suffolk County, and inform our clients and the community of any changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please call (631) 360-3730 or email info@vibs.org.

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Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Online chat available at www.VIBS.org. Crisis hotline available 24/7 at (631) 360-3606.

Please check our website and social media for updates, resources and timely information.
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To learn more about items needed please call VIBS today, or visit our Amazon wish list by clicking below.

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VIBS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Public Charity, Tax ID: 11-2411984

Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk, Inc.  is a registered 501c3 and files annual financial reports with the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau. A copy of the latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from the organization VIBS or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau located at 28 Liberty Street, 15th Floor, New York, New York 10005.