COVID-19 Resources: Helping our Community Cope

The CDC provides information on COVID-19 and guidelines for people who contract the virus, as well as information for communities, businesses, schools and other organizations where persons might still gather. Find information about what you can do to help slow the spread of COVID-19 including disinfecting your home and using cloth face coverings.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services has the latest information about Wisconsin’s response to the virus and state statistics.

Wauwatosa Health Department – for all questions related to Tosa’s health the COVID-19 virus.

Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services has the latest information about Milwaukee County’s response to the virus and county statistics.

 

Watching Out for Wisconsin’s Children and Families

As Wisconsin keeps physically healthy by staying Safer at Home, children have fewer interactions with many of the professionals trained to observe and mandated to report suspected child abuse.  It is critical now, more than ever, for families, friends, and neighbors to be aware of the signs of child abuse and neglect and to know how to report those signs to their local child welfare agencies.

This one-page flyer from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) can help you, your family, and friends understand the signs of abuse and neglect and report suspected incidents.  If you suspect abuse or neglect, contact your county’s child protective services (CPS) agency immediately.  Your local CPS agency’s contact information can be found online or by calling the United Way’s resource line by dialing 2-1-1.

The Tosa Community Food Pantry (operating out of St. Bernard parish) is unable to accept food donations from outside sources but would greatly appreciate monetary donations to help pay for purchased food.  Meijer is approved to supply the pantry with needed food, but money is becoming scarce to pay for it.  This money is usually used to pay for milk, cheese, meats, etc., but now needs to cover what is usually donated as well.  At this time, the pantry is handing out prepackaged boxes of food in the parking lot to clients as they drive through.

Tosa Cares is another food pantry. They usually have events where people can pick up food but have adjusted their operations. They are distributing to people via drive up, and appointments are required. You can see their website for more information.

Eras Senior Network is providing volunteer services to take older adults to essential doctor appointments, and they will also go grocery shopping and pick up medications for older adults. They have just started a phone wellness check program as well.

For our older adult residents (60+), a good place to start for resources is the Milwaukee County Department on Aging. There is a flyer attached with the phone number. It’s kind of a one stop shop to call for transportation, food, legal and financial help, long term care needs, services for people with dementia, and more.

For Utility assistance, a good starting point is the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services.

Impact 211 is a great place to start when looking for a variety of resources to assist those in need.

For mental health assistance, NAMI’s COVID 19 Resource Guide is available.

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