The following services are available for families in need with domestic violence and counseling services.
Safer Path Family Violence Shelter is available 24/7 to help families and victims of domestic violence in Atascosa County. Please call their hotline service at 830-569-2001 if you are in need of assistance.
CONNECTIONS Individual & Family Counseling Services in Jourdanton is offering their services via tele-health video and phone to continue to provide individual and family counseling services. If families are in need of services, please call 830-629-6571 ext. 311.
SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY
The following agencies are providing local assistance for the elderly during this time of need.
Community Council of South Central Texas (CCSCT) helps with senior commodities and utility assistance. Located at 1220 Simmons Ave. in Jourdanton. Please call 830-767-2019.
Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) provides several services with referral assistance, utility assistance, major appliances, temporary provider services, Medicare benefits counseling and medical supplies assistance. You must live in the 13-county region. Please call 210- 477-3275.
All elderly and disabled can request home delivered meals by calling 1-888-902-9990.
There are currently no AA or NA meetings in Atascosa County at this time. Please see the following resources for help.
One-Eighty in Jourdanton treats withdrawal and medical complications associated with dependency on alcohol, narcotics and other drugs. They provide medical withdrawal stabilization for patients who are physically dependant on alcohol, opiates and prescription drugs. They are located at Methodist Hospital South in Jourdanton. Please call 830-769-4566.
Community Restoration and Recovery Clinic in Floresville is offering FREE counseling services and now utilizes telephone/Facetime/ SKYPE for sessions with clients. They are open to accepting new clients and also continue to serve those individuals affected by the Sutherland Springs community tragedy. Please call their office at 830-216-2993 or their counselor at 830-276- 0926.
San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness (SACADA) is a non-profit organization that provides youth intervention programs, adult and family services, information resources and education on the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and drug misuse. Located at Dave Coy Building, 7500 US Hwy. 90 W., Suite 201 in San Antonio. Please call them ahead of time at 210-225-4741 or visit their website at www.sacada.org.
MEDICAL & HOSPICE SERVICES
For medical and hospice services available during this time of need, please see the list of local resources below.
The Atascosa Health Center offers Primary Healthcare, Behavioral Health, Pharmacy and WIC services. They are located at 310 W. Oaklawn in Pleasanton. Please call prior to arrange an appointment. Most insurances accepted and no one is turned away for their inability to pay. For Pleasanton Health Clinic, Behavioral Health and WIC services, please call 830-569-2527. For Breast Feeding Warm Line after hours, please call 830- 569-7668. For Lytle Community Health Center, please call 830-772-9865.
New Century Hospice in Pleasanton serves the citizens of Atascosa County and surrounding communities with 24/7 medical services in the home for those who are facing life limiting illnesses. They are the only local hospice in the county with nurses who live locally, making response time that much faster. Please call their office at 830-286-4422 or Tasha Meyer at 210- 238-0305. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are in need of assistance due to loss of a job or need help with your business, please see the following resources.
The City of Pleasanton, through its consulting firm EMC Strategy Group, LLC, is providing technical assistance to any business within the city limits that is experiencing loss of revenue as a result of COVID-19. There are a handful of support mechanisms available to assist businesses in obtaining working capital and employee retention options. Assistance is only a phone call away. Contact Janice Gonzalez at 210-960-4340 ext. 102. You may also email janice. email@example.com.
You can apply for SNAP, Medicaid and TANF benefits at www.yourtexasbenefits.com or by downloading the “Your Texas Benefits app on your phone. You can check the status of your benefits, upload items needed to complete your case, report changes and renew your benefits.
The Texas Workforce Commission is here to offer all Texans support and help with things such as unemployment. For employees with questions about unemployment or employment insurance, please call 1-800-832-2829 or email laborinfo@ twc.state.tx.us. For employer help during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit twc.texas.gov/ news/covid-19-resources-employers.
The State of Texas is offering assistance with payment plans and waivers of penalties and interest to businesses who are struggling to pay their sales taxes this month. Please contact the Collection hotline at 1-800-252-8880 or visit comptroller.texas.gov/about/emergency/.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Importantly these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The administration has released initial guidelines at www.treasury.gov. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals check eligibility and prepare to file for a loan.
The Texas Apartment Association worked with the Governor’s Office, the Supreme Court of Texas and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid to reach a consensus on eviction court procedures that would be uniform and fair to all parties. The Texas Supreme Court issued a statewide emergency order immediately suspending almost all residential evictions through April 19, 2020. For more information regarding this order or for resources regarding unemployment and utility assistance for renters, please visit taa.org/helpful-info/.
If you are in need of assistance with food, the following organizations and families are available to help.
Atascosa Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM) offers assistance with food, clothing, household items and medical prescriptions as available. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 noon by appointment only. Located at 505 Ave. H in Poteet. Please call Dan Minnich at 210-632-6431.
Atascosa Veterans Food Bank is open to serve any and all veterans in the county in need of food. Must provide an ID, DD-214 or VA award letter. Located at 818 Main St. in Jourdanton. Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For after hours, please call 830-200-1419 or 830-480-4167.
First United Methodist Church Food Pantry is open for drive-thru service only. Located at 420 N. Main St. in Pleasanton. Open Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon and senior food box once a month. Please call 210-764-9405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pleasanton Church of Christ Food Pantry is available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Please call ahead of time at 830-569-5502. Food availability depends on donations and is intended for those who really need it. When you arrive, knock on the door and go back to your car. Food will be placed on the porch for one family at a time.
If you live in the Charlotte area and are in need of assistance with food or other necessities, please email Sunny and Raeven Mendiola at email@example.com. They will do their best to provide for you as resources become available to them.
The following churches are offering online streaming services.
Community Bible Chapel, Pleasanton
Please join us at Community Bible Chapel on Sunday morning at 10:45 am for online streaming of the service at cbcpleasanton.org. Just click on online worship and you’re ready to go with Pastor Nigel Kelly the Senior Pastor.
Poteet First United Methodist Church is streaming services on YouTube and our Facebook page. There will be periodic devotionals on our facebook page, as well.
Leming Baptist Church
Leming Baptist Church will have a live-stream service at 11 a.m.
New Beginnings Baptist Church
New Beginnings Baptist Church in Pleasanton will have a Facebook live for their Sunday morning services at 11 a.m. and for their Wednesday evening service/prayer night at 7 p.m.
FUMC Pleasanton asks that you keep in touch with their Facebook page for information on the livestream and how to access the link. Service will start at 10:30 a.m.
St. Matthew Catholic Church
All Masses at St. Matthew in Jourdanton are cancelled (per the Archdiocese of San Antonio). The chapel is open for private prayer from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. every day. Please practice social distancing. Only 10 at a time allowed.
Hosanna Baptist Church
Hosanna Baptist Church in Poteet will host a livestream on their Facebook page this Sunday, April 5 at 11 a.m.
Pleasanton Church of Christ
Pleasanton Church of Christ is live streaming their services on their Facebook page. Go to PleasantonChurchOfChrist.com and click on Live Stream. Bible Class: Sundays, 9:30 a.m. and Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Worship: Sundays, 10:30 a.m. “Waking up with the word” study at 9:30 a.m. on Facebook.
Cowboy Fellowship is suspending all church services for the time being and will be live streaming their Sunday morning service on both Facebook and YouTube. You can subscribe to watch the service at this link: www.youtube.com/channel/UCdbEbASm1zObTwsh9Q7kwLg/ featured?view_ as=subscriber. They also ask that members pay attention to their email for more updates. They have a newly upgraded app to watch whenever and wherever, go to the link: https:// pushpay.com/get/cowboyfellowship?source=sims to download. The link is also posted on their Facebook page.
St. Andrew Catholic Church
Following all regulations, recommendations, and decrees, the Mass will be closed. Sunday Mass will be livestreamed on Facebook at 10 a.m. St. Andrew Parish will be implementing new guidelines. The Parish Office will now be open from 8:30 am – 12 p.m. Anyone needing to visit the office is asked to call first. For those seeking reconciliation, please call the office for availability. If you would like to donate to the church, please mail your tithe or call the office between 8:30 a.m. – noon to deliver it to the Parish Office. *Please note: For Holy Week only, a Mass will be livestreamed daily at 7 p.m. on Facebook.
First Baptist Church Pleasanton
This Easter Sunday, April 12, at 7:00 a.m. First Baptist Church in Pleasanton will conduct a drive-in Easter sunrise service in their parking lot at 400 N. Reed Street in Pleasanton.
The service will be broadcast over a short-range FM transmitter with participants remaining in their vehichles and tuning in to the service on their car radio at frequency 88.5. The service is open to everyone in the community and all are welcome.
Cars should park facing east toward a temporary platform to be set up on the east side of the parking lot. The radio signal range is about 2 blocks. You would need to be in the immediate area to receive the signal.
The service will be led by Pastor Darrell Sullivan, pastor of First Baptist Church and will include music and scripture readings. Sunrise is officially at 7:10 Sunday morning. First Baptist Church encourages safe health practices and asks everyone to remain in their vehichles and to observe social distancing.
First Baptist Church will also post an Easter worship service on their web site fbcpleasanton.org and their Facebook page at 11:00 a.m. Easter Sunday and every Sunday until it’s safe to meet again. The First Baptist Church family wishes everyone a safe and blessed Easter.
Trinity Baptist Church in Pleasanton
All scheduled weekly services are canceled. They encourage all members to have time with the family in prayer and reading of God’s word. Trinity Baptist church will also have Sunday Sermon on Facebook. Check their Facebook page regularly for updates.
First Baptist Church in Charlotte
First Baptist Church in Charlotte has suspended all services. They will be livestreaming their service @10:45 a.m. on their Facebook page, or you can visit their website homepage fbccharlotte.org/ to access the service as well. They also have a YouTube channel as well where they will be posting all of the Sunday School lessons and the Sunday Morning Worship services. website address is https:// www.youtube.com/channel/UCIuL8jhhsG NRhd5TxSKZktA/?fbclid=IwAR0fyWUUuO kYaT-Dtemx1pxvuKUlZWyqNfmZpN7uHzz129ktgEv19tokP8
Crosspoint Fellowship, Pleasanton
Crosspoint Fellowship will be having morning worship on Facebook Live Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and a devotional on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. until the COVID-19 crisis is over.
HOW COVID-19 SPREADS
COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads and the severity of illness it causes.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Some recent studies have suggested that COVID- 19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Maintaining good social distance (about 6 feet) is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus. CDC recommends people practice frequent “hand hygiene,” which is either washing hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand rub. CDC also recommends routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
How easily the virus spreads
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious, like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, which means it goes from person-to-person without stopping.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people.
Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggest that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious.
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected. People who are infected often have symptoms of illness. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
For more info visit Centers for Disease and Prevention at www.cdc.gov