The following update was posted March 23, 2020 at 5:24 pm

Following the announcement of Dallas County issuing a shelter in place order, we have made adjustments to our current operating procedures. Because The Magdalen House is deemed an essential business and service to the community, we will continue operating Social Detox on premises while implementing the following procedures:

  • Overnight volunteers are the only non-staff women allowed on property besides clients
  • limiting Social Detox clients to nine (three in each dorm room, with one bedroom left open for possible quarantine)
  • updating Community Resource lists daily
  • six-foot protocol to be observed by everyone in house and sleeping arrangements have been adjusted for more space
  • NO ONE is to cross over the threshold of the house without authorization
  • Taking staff temperatures upon entry
  • Trader Joe’s donations are only handled by staff and extras are given to vetted agency partners in need

While we have seen no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 at The Magdalen House, we are still taking precautionary measures to help mitigate risk both on-site and within our community. In the instance that we have anyone on property exhibiting symptoms (99.6 fever or above, sore throat, cough) we will move into what we are calling “Phase 4” of our COVID-19 Operating Procedures. Things we have done in preparation in the instance that we have to move into this phase:

  • detailed plan of action for staff, clients, and infected person
  • pre-bundled quarantine supplies in a bucket so we are prepared and well stocked
  • reserved 1 upstairs room as a quarantine room so we can move quickly, if needed

The following update was posted March 13, 2020 at 3:59 pm

As of now, our doors are closed to the public, the only exceptions being overnight volunteers, front desk admin, essential staff, Social Detox clients, and new Social Detox intakes. This means family visitors, outside meeting attendees, and non-essential volunteers will not be allowed at The Magdalen House.

*Our Social Detox Program is still running, and we are still accepting intakes! If you or a woman you know needs help, please give us a call to begin the screening: 214.324.9261

ALL daytime meetings are taking place via Zoom at our regularly scheduled times and we encourage women in recovery to join. For more information, please request to join Maggie’s Women’s Group private Facebook Group.

We are continuing to monitoring the situation in real-time, and we will continue to provide updates here.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

The following was posted March 12, 2020 at 4:10 pm

At The Magdalen House, the health and safety of our clients, volunteers, and employees is always our priority. We are continuing to monitor the quickly evolving news related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and while we have seen no signs or symptoms of the virus within our Maggie’s community, we are taking precautionary measures to help mitigate risk both on-site and within our community.

Beginning earlier this week we began implementing the following precautionary measures:

  • increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing, especially in high traffic areas such as the meeting room, door handles, entryways, and restrooms
  • refraining from holding hands, shaking hands, or hugging
  • requesting that all visitors use hand sanitizer upon entry
  • checking temperatures of clients 2x a day

Today we are implementing the following measures:

  • discontinuing evening (7:00 pm) and most populous meetings (Friday at 12:00 pm, Sunday at 11:00am, and Monday 12:00 pm) until further notice
  • evaluating all volunteers for continuing duties
  • only essential employees being on-site
  • all visitors will have their temperature taken, and if elevated will be asked to leave the premises
  • meetings that are not discontinued will still take place via video conference

As we take expanded precautions, our doors are partially open for the time being. However, we ask that if you are feeling sick (specifically if you have a cough or fever), that you please stay home. Additionally, we ask that you implement requests of local officials and health organizations. As Mayor Eric Johnson wrote in a note earlier this morning,

“People should alter their behaviors to stop COVID-19 before it has the chance to spread. That means you should tell others to put a moratorium on handshakes (I’ve started doing elbow bumps); tell people to stay home when they are sick; ask people to cover their coughs and sneezes; and encourage people to get a flu shot and work to avoid other illnesses that could strain our healthcare system and put people at further risk.”

We are closely monitoring the situation in real-time relying on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, as well as local and federal government and public agencies and will take additional precautions as necessary.

When there are updates, we will share them accordingly. Please check back to this blog post for the most recent updates.

During this time, we still need your help with House Needs and financial support. We greatly appreciate donations of any kind. You can donate online here, and we are more than happy to pick up any donations you may have at home –  please reach out to Lauren McElroy to arrange:

We appreciate your cooperation, continued support, and prayers,
Lisa Kroencke


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