COVID-19 Resources

Special Resources

At Home Activities - A downloadable document created by Jenny Carmack with some fun simple activities that families/caregivers can do with their children during this time when we are all asked to shelter in place. These activities are meant for all children (sighted and/or blind) with varying abilities and of various ages. Hopefully these activities will provide some fun time together and spawn some new creative ideas of your own. Have fun!

 

Phone a Friend - We know that everyone gets lonely from time to time and needs to hear a friendly voice.  We also realize that during these times of sheltering in place that this need is extremely hard to fulfill.  Given these facts the following representatives of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri have graciously volunteered to be a resource for anyone that wishes to ask questions about COVID-19 resources, questions about blindness or just needs a friendly voice to talk to.

 

Shelia Wright, President of National Federation of the Blind of Missouri, 816-741-6408

Jenny Carmack, Second Vice-President of National Federation of the Blind of Missouri, 314-239-9776

 

National Resources

National Federation of the Blind COVID-19 Resources Page

 

Meals on Wheels - The Meals on Wheels provides a warm meal for those who are home bound (senior citizens, disabled, or those with medical conditions which prevent them from grocery shopping).  If you or someone you know is having difficulty getting groceries visit this web site and search for your local program.

 

Missouri Resources

Missouri Department of Mental Health – for information on self care and contact information if someone needs help.

 

Missouri Health and Senior Services – 24 hour COVID 19 hot line and other information by state and county.

 

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) – Information about Missouri K-12 schools and waivers issued as a result of the COVID 19 crisis; graduation requirements waivers, assessment waivers, providing meals for school age children, communications between DESE and school administrators, and more. For questions related to your specific area you should reach out to your local school district.

 

Missouri Governor Parsons – press releases from briefings by the governor.

 

Missouri Division of Social Services – find up to date information on how COVID 19 provisions have been made for families who currently receive or are eligible to receive SNAP benefits, MO HealthNet, child care assistance.

 

The United Way - this resource is available to some Missourians based on location. The United Way has a number to call to find local resources related to financial assistance, finding food, or other essential needs. You can call 211 and speak to someone or you can visit the web site and use the search bar to look up your location.

 

Feeding Missouri - If you or someone you know is in need of food this link will provide you with a list of food banks in your area.  You will need to type in your address or zip code, a map will be first, but the list of food
banks will be under the map.