As state restrictions/guidelines ease, we are continuing to follow best-practice safety and social distancing norms and are not planning on fully reopening at this time. As an essential service, Sister Carmen Community Center is committed to providing assistance to residents of Eastern Boulder County who are in need. In order to keep supporting our community during the COVID-19 situation, we are taking steps to keep our staff, volunteers, participants, and the community at large safe and help prevent the spread of the illness. In order to follow social distancing recommendations from CDC and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, we are changing our operations as follows:
UPDATE: as of Tuesday, September 8th and until further notice, employees, volunteers, agency partners, guests, and vendors entering the workplace will go through a temperature check station located at on the following entrances: the reception desk, food bank, and Thrift Store south entrance, and Donations entrance. Temperature will be taken and individuals will be asked to sign a Health Screening Certification verifying that they are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 and that they have not had a temperature of 100.4F or more in the last 72 hours. Individuals under the age of 18 are not currently allowed in the building. This is in addition to the mask wearing and cleaning procedures and policies already in place.
Advocacy Appointments: as of Monday, March 16, all appointments for financial or other assistance with SCCC Advocates will be conducted by phone. Please call if you need financial assistance. Walk-ins will not be accepted. To set up a phone appointment, call (303) 665-4342.
Food Bank: as of Friday, March 13 our food bank will move from a shopping model to distributing pre-packaged food boxes. Food boxes will be distributed in a drive-through model Monday – Friday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Please remain in your car, wear a mask, and our staff and volunteers will load food into your trunk or backseat. If these hours do not work, please call (303) 665-4342.
Thrift Store: as of Tuesday, September 1st the Sister Carmen Thrift Store, located on 701 Baseline Rd, Lafayette, will be ACCEPTING DONATIONS Tuesdays – Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Due to a staff training on Tuesday, September 1st, donations will be accepted that day from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Due to limited capacity, we are only able to accept a maximum number of items from each donor: you may bring up to two large trash bags of soft items (clothing, linens) and 1 box of hard goods (household goods, kitchen). For the safety of our staff and volunteers we ask that all donors wear a mask when dropping off and stay outside the building. We will accept donations on a first come first serve basis until we are at capacity. As of Tuesday, September 8th the Sister Carmen Thrift Store will be open for SHOPPING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Tuesdays – Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please call 303-665-4342 to schedule an appointment for a 45 minutes shopping period. For the safety of our shoppers, volunteers, and staff, we ask that all shoppers wear a mask, maintain a safe distance of 6 feet from all other individuals, have their temperature taken at the door, and sign a Health Screening Certification confirming that they have not had COVID-19 symptoms within the last 72 hours. Staff will be cleaning and sanitizing the store between each group of shoppers. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we ask for your patience and hope that you will bear with us as we all become familiar with these new changes, so we may reopen the thrift store safely and effectively. Thank you for your support and happy shopping!
*Unfortunately, as we reopen the store with only limited access, we will not be able to offer special discounts or coupons.
Trainings, Classes, and Events: as of Monday, March 16, all in-person classes and events held at or sponsored by SCCC are cancelled until further notice. Many of our programs are now available via Zoom including Nurturing Parenting Program, Circle of Parents, Bridging Digital Divide, and Professional Development trainings. Please call (303) 665-4342 for details and updates on a specific program.
Meetings with Outside Agencies: as of Thursday, March 12, all meetings with outside agencies will be conducted by phone.
Volunteering: we are asking that our volunteers use their best judgement about coming in to help. Your health is important to us. If you are at greater risk or don’t feel comfortable coming in, please stay home. Staff and volunteers who travel out of the State of Colorado must quarantine from SCCC for 14 days upon their return to the state. As of Tuesday, September 8th, all volunteers and staff will be required to have their temperature taken upon entry into the workplace, and will sign a Health Screening Certification verifying that they are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 and that they have not had a temperature of 100.4F or more in the last 72 hours. This is in addition to the mask wearing and cleaning procedures and policies already in place.
Donations: we are in need of cash and food donations in order to prepare for and meet the needs of our community members for food and other assistance. To make a cash donation, please visit our donation page. Food donations can be dropped off at the dock at 655 Aspen Ridge Drive from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. Please wear a mask when dropping off donations. Items currently needed include:
- Canned proteins (tuna, chicken)
- Canned fruit
- Canned meals (chili, ravioli, etc.)
- Toilet paper
- Household cleaning products
We are so appreciative of the support of our community during this challenging time. Please take good care.