March 18, 2020
Dear MRCCAC Community,
We are all experiencing a constant stream of information regarding the COVID-19 situation. Here at the Midland Rape Crisis and Children’s Advocacy Center (MRCCAC) we know that violence has no boundaries and in fact, there will likely be an increase due to stress. We have carefully considered the advisories from the CDC and after internal discussion, as well as discussions with our partners at CAC of Texas and TAASA (Texas Association Against Sexual Assault), the MRCCAC has transitioned the majority of our employees to a work-from-home environment.
What does this mean?
- The CAC continues to provide interviews, predominantly for critical clients. To ensure the safety of everyone involved, children may be accompanied by one adult, and all clients are screened for illness before entering the building. If a client is currently ill, has been exposed to someone who currently has a respiratory illness, or has traveled to a “Warning Level 3” country, the interview is being delayed 14 days.
- Therapists have transitioned to teletherapy. This method is commonly used in the therapy world and is allowing our therapists to continue to provide care to their clients, where age appropriate, while ensuring the health and safety of staff and clients.
- The Education Department is focusing on new curriculum and keeping our community informed through our social media channels. As the majority of our presentations are done in schools and schools are temporarily closed, this time is allowing our staff to ensure we provide the best, most up-to-date information when we start again!
- Client advocates are continuing to coordinate with clients via telephone to ensure all clients are receiving the services they need and are entitled to.
- Due to restrictions at the hospital, we are not currently accompanying sexual assault survivors for SANE exams. However, the SANE nurses at Midland Memorial Hospital are well trained in the services we provide and have packets of information on the MRCCAC as well as the clothing and hygiene items we would normally provide to a survivor at the hospital.
- We continue to operate our 24/7 crisis intervention hotline without interruption.
Bottom line? We are still here for our communities; it just looks a little different right now! We have postponed our spring fundraiser until this summer. Until then, we hope you will join us in continuing to provide our life changing services by donating through this link. In times like these, we are thankful for our community of donors, volunteers, staff, and survivors.
Stay safe and healthy,