The COVID-19 virus has become a public health emergency. The State has ordered all schools to close, and County and Takoma Park City government facilities have closed. These developments will put a large strain on our community, especially those who have fewer resources than others. CHEER is committed to helping support the communities and neighborhoods in Long Branch and Takoma Park that are most adversely affected. CHEER is taking the following three steps to address this crisis.
First, to protect the health and safety of its employees, CHEER will adjust its operation to comply with all public health recommendations as an institution. CHEER staff are not required to report to work at the office. The office will remain open, but Bruce will be the only staff person present. Customers seeking health insurance assistance will be given a phone number to call to reach an application counselor. Customers can drop off documents as needed during the regular service hours (Monday and Wednesday, 9 am to noon). CHEER will arrange to have those documents scanned and uploaded. Physical presence at the office is not required through March 27 at least. All staff meetings will be held by phone or by Zoom. All staff may work remotely. All outreach, health education, and community programs are canceled until March 28. Instead CHEER staff and community health workers will be encouraged to stay in touch with clients and community members by phone, text, or email.
Second, CHEER urges all community members to follow the government’s health and safety recommendations. Here is a link to the County Department of Health and Human Services corona virus information page for information.
Third, CHEER is developing alternative strategies and new approaches to support the community and continue to fulfill its mission and program aims. If special needs or problems or questions arise please contact Bruce Baker at
To refer a client to the CHEER Healthy Food Access Program, click here.