IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19:

March 12, 2020

FIND FREE SOCIAL RESOURCES

Beginning March 13, our Memphis schools will be closed for all activities until further notice - a minimum of 14 days (per current Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidance). COVID-19 has created a health crisis in our community and beyond, and we are committed to supporting the health and safety of all our scholars, faculty, staff and families. At this time, we have no reported cases at any Green Dot school.

We have been following recommendations and protocols that have been shared by Shelby County Public Health to ensure that our students, staff and community were protected. At this time, Government officials have requested that we all implement practices to slow the spread of COVID-19. Based on this request, we have made the decision to close our schools.

At this time, we have more questions than answers about the implications of this closure. We are committed to sharing information and updates as we continue to learn. This is unprecedented and we appreciate your grace and understanding as we problem solve any issues this closure creates.

We know this creates a hardship for families and want to do our best to support you in these times. Our teachers and staff are available via email to answer questions you may have regarding school work or other issues. You can expect that you will hear from teachers, administration and our engagement team in the coming days.

Resources

Food

Mid South Food Bank

If you are unable to access food during the COVID-19 shutdown, Mid-South Food Bank is assembling food boxes for families in need. Find a location near you. 

Bellevue Baptist Impact Ministries Food Pantry
3759 N. Watkins Memphis, TN 38127
901-358-3391

Catholic Church of Ascension Food Pantry
3680 Ramill Rd Memphis, TN 38128
901-372-1364

First Congregational Church Food Pantry
1000 S. Cooper Memphis, TN 38014
901.278.6786

Heartsong Church UMC Neighborhood Center
800 N. Houston Levee Cordova, TN 38018
901-755-6332

Neighborhood Christian Center - Chickasaw Place Pantry
218 E. Red Oak Circle #1Memphis, TN 38112
901-324-8783

Refuge of Memphis
3683 Austin Peay Hwy Memphis, TN 38128
901-386-5055

Salvation Army-Ben Lear Corps Food Pantry
877 Blythe Memphis, TN 38014
901-543-5136

St. Mary's Catholic Church Soup Kitchen
155 Market Street Memphis, TN 38105
901-522-9420

University Cluster Food Pantry
480 S Highland Memphis, TN 38111
901-452-6262

Housing

MIFA - Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association

Emergency Shelter Placement ProgramThis program helps families in Shelby County with minor children secure temporary shelter if homelessness cannot be avoided through mediation. Click Here to apply for Emergency Shelter placement. 

Homeless Hotline: This 24-hour hotline helps connect homeless families with minor children in Memphis and Shelby County to shelter and/or other resources. For more inforamtion, call (901) 529-4545

 

 

Unemployment and Wages

Emergency Cash Assistance 

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is making essential financial resources available to families that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Beginning 10 A.M. CST Thursday, March 26, families can begin applying, online, for up to two months of emergency cash assistance if they were employed as of March 11, 2020 and they’ve lost employment or at least 50% of their earned income as a result of the pandemic. 

Unemployment Claim

The fastest and most efficient way to file an unemployment claim is to go to www.Jobs4TN.gov. Due to the high volume of claims because of the COVID-19 emergency, if you file with any other method you could significantly delay the processing of your claim.

Health & Medical

Maternity Shelters/Services

Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition

Protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in Memphis, TN and Shelby County through the assistance of the medical profession, the public health system, and the community. They help families get breastfeeding off to the best start possible and strive to support you each step of the way. Classes are cancelled and the center is closed. However, Helen Scott, iBCLC has volunteered if you need any individual help. You can call her at 901-878-2083. Also the website has the Resource Guide and many helpful people listed. Also ask if you want a private session if you were planning on attending a class. 

Mental Health

Nami Memphis

Nami Memphis is a grassroots, self-help organization dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals with mental illness, their families and communities. Call 901-725-0305 and ask for Ms. Veronica Black.  

Childcare

Transportation