How Welcome House is safeguarding health and safety of residents, staff, and volunteers during COVID-19 pandemic.
Those in recovery from Substance Use Disorder still need support no matter what events occur in the world around them – if anything, their needs increase when fear, uncertainty, and anxiety levels rise. It’s critical that everyone with a sincere desire to recover can still find the support they need to live a long, sober, productive life.
Welcome House remains open and operating amid the COVID-19 pandemic, however we have temporarily suspended accepting new residents in response to the city’s stay-at-home order commencing March 24, 2020, and lasting at least 30 days.
In addition to more frequent cleaning of surfaces and practicing social distancing, our organization is conscientiously preparing as best we can to keep our residents, employees, and partners safe and healthy.
We have eliminated, for now, the daily “large-group” recovery meetings and monthly all-house meetings. Smaller, more frequent AA/NA meetings are being conducted throughout each day, with attendance limited to 10 or fewer individuals in accordance with the official Stay-at-Home directives.
Our facility is closed to all non-residents, volunteers, and visitors. We have closed the basement residential space and prepared it for use as a quarantine area, should the need arise.
Along with our residents, the health and safety of our professional staff is also of significant concern and we have taken actions to minimize the potential risk of exposure and spread of the virus. An alternative professional staffing schedule is allowing us to maintain essential program support requirements. As always, we are in agency-wide communications to ensure our employees are kept informed and engaged.
Most critically, we are here for those we serve. We are responding to our residents’ and their loved ones’ concerns during this anxious time. Many residents have lost their jobs due to the wide-ranging restaurant and retail closures across the city, and Welcome House has waived the program’s work requirement for now. Staff are also helping eligible residents in applying for unemployment benefits.
Additional interventions implemented to date include:
- Increased cleaning and sanitizing of all public areas and equipment
- Eliminated self-service meals and now serving meals in shifts to limited numbers of residents
- Suspended the outside meeting requirement
- Suspended all discretionary/non-essential program activities
- Closed the facility to all non-residents, volunteers and visitors
- Suspended all overnight passes and discouraging all avoidable off-campus appointments/excursions
- Suspended the requirement for unemployed residents to be out-of-the-house, off of the property and looking for work during the day
- Monitoring for symptoms (including temperature screenings) and all residents required to notify the professional staff immediately should they become symptomatic
- Ordered additional UA tests, BA tips, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, soap and hand-sanitizer
If we can answer any questions or concerns, please reach out to Jamie@WelcomeHouseKC.org or call 816.472.0760.
The primary requirement for admission to the Welcome House is a sincere desire to be sober and change one’s life.
Detox & Continued Abstinence
Complete abstinence from the use of alcohol or other mind-altering substances is required of all residents. Clients must be detoxed before admission. Welcome House does not have on-site medical facilities necessary for detox.
AA/NA meetings, lay counseling sessions, care team, Welcome House University courses and active program participation is required.
Employment & Volunteerism
Residents of Welcome House are required to seek and maintain employment and participate in volunteer activities. Job search and networking assistance is available.
Length Of Residency
Residents of Welcome House should plan to be in the program for 9 months. An extension of up to 3 additional months of residency is available by application and approval. Residents are not allowed to remain at Welcome House beyond 12 months.