COVID Forces Changes in Breakfast Program, Community Partnership on Aging classes; close seat to in-person activities

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio – As with many things, the Omicron COVID variant is wreaking havoc in community partnership programming on aging.

Executive Director Wendy Albin Sattin said the nonprofit’s popular CPA Connects program has been suspended and its daily lunch schedule for seniors has been changed. As of Monday (December 27), in-person activities at the South Euclid Community Center, 1370 Victory Drive, CPA headquarters, have been temporarily suspended.

The CPA serves seniors in six communities – South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Highland Heights, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village and Richmond Heights – by offering a number of free services, including a daily meal program, a program that makes homes for the aged safer, another that helps seniors get to their appointments and the like.

“The program we call CPA Connects is doing well,” Sattin said. “We received funding from the Cleveland Clinic for one of our sessions. We are very happy to partner with the Cleveland Clinic on this matter. Unfortunately, due to the current COVID situation, our January classes are on hold. “

CPA Connects sessions, held at the South Euclid branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1876 S. Green Road in South Euclid, teach seniors to use new technology. CPA Connects has already organized two sessions, on the use of smartphones and on Chromebooks.

“We can resume as soon as the Cuyahoga County Libraries reopen,” Sattin said. “Classes meet once a week, and depending on the topic, it’s a six-week session or a four-week session. They’re full and we have waiting lists, so I think we’ve struck a chord (in terms of popularity). Topics for the upcoming session include using Android phones and Apple products.

The class limit for sessions is 12 students. Because there is already a waiting list, Sattin said it is likely that topics already covered will be revisited for new students.

“We will run sessions and courses as long as there is a demand and we have funds to support it,” she said. People aged 60 and over who wish to obtain a place on the waiting list should call the CPA at 216-291-3902.

Changes in the lunch schedule

“We canceled all in-person activities for at least the first two weeks of January,” Sattin said. “We distribute five frozen entrees at the curb (one for each day of the week). The new site will be Highland Heights (Community Center, 5827 Highland Road) on Friday.

“Community lunches (normally served in the various member community centers) are suspended for a few weeks, so we will replace them with the drive-in of frozen entrees. “

Sattin said that currently 80 to 90 people pick up curbside food at the Lyndhurst Community Center on Tuesday, and those people will continue to do so. But, since the Lyndhurst pickup site can’t handle more people, everyone else who wants to get tickets and not yet registered with the system must pick up food at the Highland Heights Community Center. “This will replace the usual hot meals,” she said.

Those 60 and over who wish to be part of the free community lunch program should call 216-650-4029 to reserve tickets. Reservations must be made at least one week prior to the day of pickup.

Sattin said another program, distributing fresh produce called Produce Plus, will continue from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the South Euclid Community Center. There is no age limit for contactless pickup from Produce Plus. Those wishing to pick up products must register, but registration can be done at the time of pickup.

There are income conditions for participation in Produce Plus. The maximum monthly income for a one-person household is $ 2,146, while a two-person household should earn less than $ 2,903 per month. Income requirements are set by the Greater Cleveland Foodbank.

Sattin said she hoped the changes induced by COVID would only last through the first half of January, but said the CPA is telling those it serves that it could last until the end of January.

Construction in community centers

To complicate matters further, Sattin noted that in February, three of members’ community centers will close for construction work.

The South Euclid Community Center will have items such as new flooring, wall coverings and an HVAC system installed. The Ross C. DeJohn Community Center in Mayfield Heights, 6306 Marsol Road, will close prior to demolition, resulting in the construction of a new community center on the same site.

Additionally, Mayfield Village uses its Civic Center kitchen for the preparation of CPA food. The village civic center will also undergo renovations in early 2022.

Sattin said the CPA is in the process of determining the impact of these closures on the business schedule and will announce changes in January.

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