Responding to Coronavirus

Gabriel Network is working and praying to protect our clients, volunteers, and staff during the outbreak of the coronavirus while continuing to provide critical services to mothers and children in need. We will update these policies and recommendations as we learn more over the coming days and weeks. Please refer back to this page regularly for the most up-to-date policies.

Pandemic-friendly ways to serve GN Client Moms and Families

  • Call/text Clients to offer support & encouragement
  • Send Postcards / handwritten notes
  • Deliver boxes of baby items to doorsteps (and add a card if you’d like!)
  • Pick up donated items from our Crofton office to share with Clients (our office remains open to Clients and Angel Friend Coordinators)
  • Share relevant parish/community resources with Clients (ie. pop-up food pantry, online prayer groups, financial scholarships)

Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery – Updated 5.14.20

Governor Hogan’s Roadmap to Recovery spells out the tentative steps to reopen businesses and social activities in stages,  while practicing safe social distancing . Stage One takes effect Friday, May 15 with the stay at home order lifted and the gradual reopening of retail, manufacturing, houses of worship, and some personal services.

Stage One will be implemented with a flexible, community-based approach that empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopenings.  Prince George’s County has extended the stay at home order until June 1 and Montgomery County has extended the order until June 4.

We want our Angel Friend Teams to be aware of these changes and what they mean for your client mom relationships. This might mean an in person visit with your client mom while maintaining a safe social distance, as long as both parties are healthy and comfortable. With parks open and stay at home orders lifted or plans to be lifted, we encourage Angel Friend Teams to discuss their options and any changes to their current service model.

  • The stay-at-home order has been modified to a “safer-at-home” advisory.
  • Retail businesses can reopen up to 50% capacity with strict safety precautions.
  • Some personal services, such as barber shops and hair salons, may reopen at 50% capacity, and by appointment only.
  • Churches and houses of worship may begin to hold religious services. Outdoor services are strongly recommended, and indoor services will be limited to 50% capacity.
  • Broadening of permitted outdoor activities (effective May 7): permitted outdoor activities now include individual and small group sports such as golfing, tennis, and similar activities; outdoor fitness instruction; recreational fishing and hunting; recreational boating; and horseback riding. Closed functions at state parks will be reopened, including all state beaches for walking and exercise, as well as playgrounds.

Angel Friend and Volunteer Guidelines – Updated 4.17.20

These guidelines are in place for all Coordinators, Angel Friends, and Volunteers to keep themselves and our clients safe during this time. Coordinators and Angel Friends should stay up to date and follow your parish or church guidelines. If there is a conflict in our guidelines and your church’s, please follow whichever guidelines are more protective of you, your Team, and those we serve. Please read these carefully and contact us at stephen.wallace@gabrielnetwork.org if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Follow the CDC’s Prevention Guidelines, including:
    • Wear a face mask / cloth face covering in designated public settings where social distancing is hard to maintain (Maryland – required, District of Columbia – strongly encouraged)
      • In grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retail locations
      • On public transport
      • In medical offices
      • DC additions: ride-sharing vehicles, taxis, and hotels
      • MD additions: Convenience stores, Farmers markets, Takeout restaurants, Laundromats, Liquor stores, Cleaning supply stores, Home good stores
    • Wash your hands often for 20 seconds with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Hands must be washed:
      • Before and after meeting with a client;
      • Before and after interacting with children;
      • After using the bathroom;
      • After coughing or sneezing
      • After you have been in a public place.
    • If you or a member of your household are sick, stay home. Inform us at office@gabrielnetwork.org and do not meet with a client or other volunteer in person until you are symptom-free for at least one week.
    • If you are over 60 or in an at-risk health group, do not have in-person meetings, contact with sick persons, and large groups.
    • Practice respiratory etiquette.  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.  Throw away the tissue after use.  If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve.  Wash your hands afterwards.
  • All Gabriel Network Angel Friend Team meetings are to be moved to a teleconference until further notice.  You can activate a free teleconference number for your Team at freeconferencecallhd.com or email nora.jean@gabrielnetwork.org for assistance.
  • Provide electronic assistance where possible. Angel Friends may still continue to meet with and serve clients in person where needed. Where possible, text or call clients rather than meeting in person until further notice.

COVID-19 Resource Guide – Updated July 27th

Please see our Resource Guide for Coping with COVID-19. This includes information and recommendations covering:

  • Updated employment opportunities
  • Nutrition: free meals and pantry items
  • Finances: WIC, TANF, unemployment, TCA, and more
  • Social Services
  • Spiritual Resources
  • Exercise, and much more!

Remember that our online, searchable resource locator tool is always available here.

Angel Friend Conference Call Recording

Stephen Wallace and Lindsey Fedyk held a call on March 16th with Coordinators and Angel Friends to discuss our spiritual approach to crisis, coronavirus policies, how to continue to serve clients remotely, and anticipating new client needs.

2020/03/16 Angel Friend Coronavirus Call

Baby Supplies Available

Gabriel Network is making two-week boxes of supplies available for Angel Friend Teams to distribute to their clients as needed. These supplies are available through the main office in Crofton. They include two weeks of diapers, wipes, and baby toiletries. Other supplies, including formula, baby clothes, pack ‘n plays, baby books, and more are available upon request as supplies last.

Call 301-637-3223 or email sarah.portner@gabrielnetwork.org to arrange for pick-up or delivery. Make sure you have the diaper size you need! Delivery availability will vary.

Continuing Office Support

We are here for you! Gabriel Network will continue to provide support to our Coordinators and Angel Friends without interruption. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

25 Years of Saving Lives

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Women and Childen Served
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Active Angel Friend Teams
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Maternity Homes
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Helpline Contacts this Year

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