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COVID-19 Updates

June 19, 2020
Getting Ready to Welcome You Back
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The on-site operations at Villa Charities and Columbus Centre will reopen following the phased approach as directed by the Government of Ontario and local public health authorities.
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While we look forward to welcoming each and every one of you from the Villa Charities community back, we fully recognize that a great deal needs to be in place before it’s “business as usual.” We believe it is our responsibility to provide a safe environment for all.
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Our top priorities are:
  • To provide a safe working environment for our staff,
  • To ensure service to our customers and partners in a safe and responsible manner, and
  • To do our part in preventing the further spread of COVID-19.
Therefore, our operations have been modified to meet all public health guidelines and occupational health and safety requirements. As a result, services and programs have been impacted as we adjust to the province’s phased approach for reopening the economy.
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We’re happy to share our “New Protocols and Procedures” digital guide, where you’ll find a summary of what patrons, visitors, tenants and staff can expect when our on-site operations resume, and the measures we have put in place to keep the Villa Charities community safe while enjoying our programs and services.
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Patrons will also be contacted directly with updates. As the public health situation evolves, we may adjust some of the policies and programs as needed.
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Thank you for your continued support and understanding. We will provide updates as new information is available.
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We look forward to seeing you back on the Villa Charities campus!
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Getting Ready to Welcome You Back

Villa Charities has been preparing for the past several weeks to welcome each of you back to a safer and healthier environment for all of us. As we all plan for Ontario’s reopening plans to be unveiled, we wanted to update you on our efforts to date.

While we look forward to welcoming each and every one of you from the Villa Charities community back, we fully recognize that a great deal needs to be in place before it’s “business as usual.”

Our top priorities will be:

  • To provide a safe working environment for our staff,
  • To ensure service to our customers and partners in a safe and responsible manner, and
  • To do our part in preventing the further spread of COVID-19.

Therefore, as we plan for the future, our operations will be modified to meet all public health guidelines and occupational health and safety requirements. As a result, services and programs will be impacted as we adjust to the province’s phased approach for reopening the economy.

What You Can Expect:

In addition to complying with all provincial guidelines and public health recommendations, we will be implementing the following:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection throughout the facilities, focusing on high-traffic and high-touch areas
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations throughout the facilities
  • Adherence to strict physical distancing practices
  • Capacity restrictions for programs, services, classes and events
  • Reduced program hours and/or classes to allow for additional cleaning between sessions, use of equipment, functions
  • No access to selected amenities
  • Self-screening

Join us for a Virtual Town Hall 

We are hosting a virtual town hall session on Wednesday, May 20th from 10am – 12pm, to provide further updates and answer any of your questions. The meeting will be held via the GoToMeeting platform. If you would like to participate, please RSVP by Friday, May 15th to csimpson@villacharities.com and we will send you the meeting link to use.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. We look forward to seeing you back on the Villa Charities campus, but until then, stay safe and healthy.

How Villa Charities is supporting it seniors during COVID-19

For almost 50 years, Villa Charities has been a destination and cultural leader for the Italian-Canadian community in the GTA, with support for senior care the pillar on which we were founded.

As our community continues to adjust to the new reality of COVID-19, Villa Charities remains committed to the safety and well-being of our most vulnerable population, our seniors.

Although our on-site operations at Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre are currently suspended, we want to ensure we are keeping everyone in the Villa Charities family engaged, connected and supported, especially the more than 700 residents in our independent seniors’ apartments: Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto and Casa Abruzzo.

We have implemented numerous programs and services, and with support from valued partners, we will ensure our apartment residents stay safe and healthy and have the support they need at this critical time.

Please click here to see how we are keeping our seniors safe and healthy during this public health crisis.

Following the direction of the public health authorities and Ontario government regarding the extended closure of non-essential businesses, please be advised that the suspension of on-site operations at Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre will continue.

Although our on-site programming and facilities are temporarily closed, we want everyone in the Villa Charities community to feel supported, connected and engaged, as we all stay home and do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Please check out our new online and digital content page and follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) so you can continue experiencing Italian culture and heritage while enjoying our programs from home!  We hope everyone stays safe and healthy and please continue to follow the latest information on COVID-19 through the Toronto Public Health website.

Thank you.

Villa Charities/Columbus Centre Management

Yesterday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford ordered the closure of all non-essential workplaces in Ontario, a significant escalation in the fight to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The order is to take effect Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59pm and will be in place for at least 14 days.

Therefore, the suspension of operations at Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre has now been extended to Wednesday, April 8, 2020. During this period all on-site programs, events and services will continue to be suspended.

However, although our facilities are closed, we want everyone in the Villa Charities community to feel supported, connected and engaged. Please continue to check the Villa Charities website at villacharities.com and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for the most recent information.

Thank you once again for your continued support. In this challenging time, it is truly heartwarming to see how our entire community has come together to strengthen Canada’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Stay healthy and safe.

Sincerely,
Anthony DiCaita
President and CEO
Villa Charities Inc.

We continue to follow the COVID-19 health crisis closely and our decision-making evolves to ensure we are in line with the most recent directives from the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments as well as the public health authorities.

As such, the suspension of operations at Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre has been extended to Friday, March 27, 2020. During this period all programs, events and services will not proceed. We will provide another update by Friday, March 27th or sooner, depending on how the situation evolves.

Additional updates for specific programs and facilities are outlined below. While our facilities are closed, we want everyone in the Villa Charities community to feel supported, connected and engaged.

Seniors’ Apartments
We have implemented strict protocols for visitors to the seniors’ apartments and are encouraging all residents to stay home and follow the recommended self-hygiene and social distancing practices. We have also contacted every resident in our buildings to ask about their health status and are developing plans to assist them with their daily needs such as groceries and medications, if they don’t have external support. We will continue to check on them to ensure they stay healthy and safe.

Cultural Programs
Please note that all cultural programming through Monday, April 13, 2020 has been postponed.

This includes:
• Cultural Tuesdays – March 24, 31
• Diaspora Series events – March 22, 28 & April 4
• Learn Italian By Doing with Angelita Papa workshops – April 1, 8
Concerti in Galleria concerts – April 5 (Vesuvius Ensemble) / April 7 (Columbus Concert Band) / April 25 (Fantasia)

We are planning to reschedule most if not all these programs and will update you when new dates have been confirmed. Tickets for the Concerti in Galleria April 5th, April 7th and April 25th concerts will be honoured for the new dates, or refunds will be provided if requested. Please contact rsvp@villacharities.com if you have any questions or for assistance.

Columbus Centre Camps
We are developing a comprehensive resource guide of activities that will be shared with our camp families, that will keep children of all ages engaged and entertained while they are at home.

Art & Music Classes
All art and music classes have been postponed until further notice. For more information please contact cultural@villacharities.com. We are presently exploring possible options that include remote learning and hosting classes that are socially distant in nature.

DanzArts Toronto
We are planning to develop online classes with our DanzArts Toronto instructors, so you can try different dance styles from the comfort of your home, as well as opportunities for private lessons via digital platforms. More details to follow or for further information please contact dance@danzartstoronto.com.

Columbus Centre Athletic Club
Membership dues are currently being suspended and we will honour all time lost while the Athletic Club is closed. For any member who paid in March, for the period that the gym was closed (from March 16th on), a credit will be issued. For further details please contact fitness@villacharities.com. We’ll also be sharing videos on healthy living and other fitness-related content from our Athletics staff through our social platforms to help you stay active and on track with your fitness goals during this period.

Please continue to check the Villa Charities website at villacharities.com and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for the most recent information. Customers will also be contacted directly if there are further updates regarding their specific program, event or service.

Again, we continue to monitor this public health situation daily and will provide ongoing updates as new information is available. We encourage all our visitors to stay up-to-date on the COVID-19 issue through the Toronto Public Health website and to continue the recommended self-monitoring, self-hygiene and social distancing practices.

Thank you for your continued understanding during this critical time as we work together to keep our community safe. I hope you and your families stay healthy and I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Sincerely,

Anthony DiCaita
President and CEO
Villa Charities Inc.

In light of the current public health situation around Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), on behalf of the Villa Charities and Columbus Centre Board of Directors and leadership team, I would like to provide you with an update on our operations. Our top priorities are to keep our employees safe, to ensure service to our customers and partners, and to do our part in preventing the spread of the virus.

The Villa Charities community is comprised of a diverse and multigenerational population, including many who may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Therefore, to ensure we are acting responsibly and contributing to the continued well-being of our larger Toronto community, we have decided to suspend operations at Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre effective Monday, March 16th at 5pm. This decision is in line with City of Toronto public health directives. We will provide an update by Friday, March 20th at noon or sooner, depending on how the situation evolves.

During this period all programs, events and services will be suspended. Please continue to check the Villa Charities website at villacharities.com and social media (FacebookTwitterInstagram) for all updates. Customers may also be contacted directly with additional details regarding their specific program, event or service.

Again, we continue to monitor this public health situation closely and will provide ongoing updates as new information is available. We encourage all our visitors to stay up-to-date on the COVID-19 issue and to visit the Toronto Public Health website.
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Thank you for your patience and understanding during this critical time as we work together to keep our community safe.
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Sincerely,

Anthony DiCaita
President and CEO
Villa Charities Inc.

Please be advised that all our programs and services at Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre will remain open and run as scheduled, unless you have been notified regarding a specific class or program. We continue to closely monitor the situation and are currently evaluating our operations with respect to the evolving public health situation and recommendations.  We will provide updates when any new information is available.

Organizational Update in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

To all Staff, Patrons, Visitors, Residents and Tenants:

Please be advised that Villa Charities Inc. (VCI) continues to actively monitor the health concerns surrounding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • We encourage everyone to stay informed and review the current information related to the prevention and treatment of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) through official information sources such as Toronto Public Health and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • We will be providing additional resources on the Villa Charities campus and will continue to distribute relevant information as it becomes available.
  • We are reviewing our programs and services that involve congregating to determine the best option in terms of a go-forward strategy.
  • We are reviewing our HR policies to ensure that they enable and do not discourage staff from acting in the proper fashion if they show signs of illness.

Please continue to take all necessary preventative actions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus such as frequent hand washing, avoiding contact with people who may be sick, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and staying home if you are sick. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Villa Charities Inc. (VCI) is committed to ensuring a safe environment and workplace for all its patrons, visitors, staff, residents and tenants.

Thank you.

Villa Charities Management

Guidelines for Prevention & Treatment of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Villa Charities Inc. (VCI) is committed to ensuring a safe environment and workplace for all its patrons, visitors, staff, residents and tenants.

We encourage everyone to review the information below related to the prevention and treatment of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) as provided by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):

Prevention
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    o CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    o Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately. For more information visit cdc.gov/coronavirus

Thank you.
Villa Charities Management