We Need Your Help – May 11, 2020
Dear JCC Friends,
Our thoughts continue to be with you and the care of your families during this very difficult time.
Here at the JCC, we have worked hard to send you updated information, respond to individual emails and phone calls, and provide diverse virtual programming at no cost to you. We strongly believe that maintaining open lines of communication is essential and have tried to be as transparent as possible.
The closure of the JCC has meant a drastic reduction in revenue, specifically in program and membership fees. As a result, we have had to make very difficult decisions over the past several weeks, including the temporary layoff of the majority of our staff. Throughout the past eight weeks, we have worked diligently to maintain the basic needs of the facility by reducing operating costs, accessing government wage subsidies, and applying for a variety of community grants.
We exist to serve you!
This is the plain truth: we can only exist if you invest in us. On March 16, we were mandated by the City of Calgary to close the doors of the JCC for an indeterminate amount of time. We immediately put memberships on hold and stopped taking any membership or program payments. We made this decision because we felt it was the right thing to do, and in line with our JCC values. We were determined to follow through with this course of action while many facilities and organizations continued taking monthly payments, even while their doors were closed.
We need your help!
As we know that many of you are suffering financially due to this health crisis and the turbulent Calgary economy, we believe that the option we chose, made – and continues to make – the most sense for you and your families. However, for those who are in a more favourable financial position, we urge you to come forward to play a vital part in helping us work together to re-open our JCC. Your monthly membership is crucial in sustaining our wonderful facility and ensuring that we can open the doors again to welcome you back in person.
Any amount is appreciated!
Whether you can commit to a monthly amount or a one-time contribution, it will be designated as a donation and we will issue you a full tax receipt. Please help by showing your commitment to a very special place, one that we know plays an important part in so many people’s lives – from infants and children, to adults and seniors. We can remain strong and succeed only if we stand together as a community! To make your donation, please contact Zain Hoosen, Client Relationship Manager at 403-537-8597 or email today.
Make your donation go further!
Calgary JCC has been selected as a participating charity for Shaw Birdies for Kids (BFK) presented by AltaLink. BFK is a non-profit program run under the Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation. This means that all donations to the JCC are matched up to 50%!
Life in Calgary (and the world) will look and feel very different as we progress through this pandemic. We feel confident that as people emerge from their homes and engage in activities that were important and enjoyable prior to COVID-19, that the Calgary JCC will be in a strong position to welcome our members, friends, and participants… home.
We are in this together!
Now, more than ever, these words are even more meaningful. In closing, we urge you to stay safe, be strong, and please do what you can to support the future of our Centre.
Alberta Relaunch Strategy Response – May 4, 2020
Dear JCC Friends, many of you have heard the recent announcement of the Alberta Government’s Relaunch Strategy. This allows businesses to re-open and have Calgarians get back to work on a staged basis. Each stage will be evaluated, monitored, and adjusted, if needed. Stage 1 of the relaunch includes: daycare, afterschool, and summer camp programs. We know that based on this announcement, you have many questions about what this means for our facility.
Although we are excited to welcome you back to the JCC, we are cautiously optimistic about this announcement. We continue to stay updated on both provincial and municipal information as it becomes available, while at the same time ensuring that we adhere to Alberta Health Services’ strict guidelines. We are communicating regularly with our colleagues at other city facilities to discuss best practices and to coordinate re-opening activities.
Our number one priority is the health and safety of our staff, patrons, and tenants. Our decision on when and how to re-open these program areas will be based on information received from the Minister of Children’s Services (our provincial regulatory body), and Alberta Health Services. Please note, we are also required to follow the lead of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) as a governing body. Although Alberta has launched the province-wide phasing, the re-opening of the JCC will be further guided at a municipal level since our city has the highest COVID rates in Alberta.
We want to ensure that when we do re-open, we follow all guidelines and recommendations. We will continue to provide you with updated information as we receive it.
The JCC appreciates your continual support as we navigate through this next phase. We are all in this together!
Take care and be well,
JCC Care and Maintenance Team
Shabbat Shalom from the JCC – April 3, 2020
As we find ourselves at the end of another week amid the COVID-19 crisis, it is important to focus on what put a smile on your face these past seven days. Whether it was catching up with an old friend on the phone, Facetiming with your grandchildren, or finally getting started on that book that has been collecting dust on your nightstand, it is the small things that are helping us get through this uncertain and difficult time. As we continue moving onward, we are above all, guided by our Jewish value of caring for one another.
Let’s stay connected. We are still here to serve you and continue to keep the virtual doors of the JCC open. Please take the time to visit our website and engage in the variety of programs and activities available. If you have suggestions for additional content, please email us.
Finally, as we continue navigating this ever-changing situation, please know that we are thinking about you and your loved ones. We truly appreciate the small role we get to play in your lives. Take care and be well. We are in this together. Shabbat Shalom.
We are in this together – March 27, 2020
It is hard to believe that it has only been 11 days since we were mandated to close our doors to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. So much has happened in a short period of time, with this pandemic forcing us to make significant changes in our daily lives. We know that for most of you – our staff included – coming to the Centre each day was an integral part of your regular routine and so important for your well-being.
The JCC is a place where we nourish our mind, body, and soul – and make meaningful connections. Despite the doors being physically closed, it is important to know that the virtual living room of the JCC remains open to all. Physical distancing poses a challenge to everyone who uses the JCC to learn, stay healthy, and maintain connections. Our team of dedicated staff is working hard behind the scenes to keep you and your family active and socially connected.
We want you to know that we are thinking of you every day and continue pursuing our mission of being a community that cares about each other. We are currently working on ways to keep you fit and connected via our virtual engagement page on our new website, and encourage you to keep checking it for all up-to-date information.
We understand that everybody is experiencing the financial impact of this crisis in different ways so we especially wanted to say a huge thank you to those members who have reached out to us to continue their monthly payments. If you are able to continue your monthly payments in full, or even in part, we would be extremely grateful. We will be able to issue you a charitable tax receipt for your payments, as they will be treated as a donation. We understand that situations change so should you choose to continue with payments, adjustments can be made at any time.
For more information about these options, please contact our Client Relationship Manager, Zain Hoosen by email or speak with him directly at 403-537-8597.
Though our facility is shut down, and we have temporarily laid off the vast majority of our staff, many of our normal operating expenses remain. As our revenue has virtually been eroded during this period of temporary closure, we are counting on our community to keep the heart of our JCC beating so that we can continue to be there for you in the future.
We look forward to the day our doors will reopen and our JCC family can return to their home away from home. In the meantime, take care of yourself and your loved ones.
Be well. Be kind. Be hopeful.
We are in this together.
Programs and Classes Updates – March 20, 2020
Following the closure of our JCC on March 16 due to the spread of COVID-19, we understand that you have questions regarding your programs and classes fees. Here are the processes that have been put in place:
Registered Spring 2020 Classes and Programs
A credit will be added to your JCC account. There is no requirement to contact us as this will be done automatically.
Daycare, Afterschool, and Preschool Programs (Time for 2s, Kids ‘R’ Us, KidStart Literacy)
You will not be charged for April or any future monthly payments during our closure. There is no requirement to contact us as this will be done automatically.
Seasonal Camps (Spring, Passover and PD Camps)
A credit will be added to your JCC account. There is no requirement to contact us as this will be done automatically.
We understand that not everyone’s situation is the same during these difficult times. As such, should your needs not be met by this process, please contact our Accounting Supervisor, Delfin Cawili by email. We ask that you include your phone number in your email to Delfin. As we are presently operating with a significantly smaller team, we appreciate your patience as we process your requests.
JCC Staff Update
We want to inform you that the Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to temporarily lay off all JCC staff effective on March 31, with the exception of a very small number of facility and accounting staff who will be employed for a few more weeks. Please note that email access will be disabled for laid off staff and that any emails will be read and responded to once our staff have been re-hired.
Membership Updates – March 18, 2020
Following the closure of our JCC on March 16 due to the spread of COVID-19, we would like to inform you of the processes that have been put in place regarding your membership.
Annual Membership Paid Upfront
Calgary JCC will extend your membership from March 16 to our full re-opening date. There is no requirement to contact us, as this will be done automatically.
Annual Membership Scheduled Monthly Payments and Month to Month Memberships
Calgary JCC will freeze your membership until we fully re-open. You will not be charged for April, or any future monthly payments during our closure. There is no requirement to contact us, as this will be done automatically.
If you require access to the locker rooms during our closure you can come by on Monday, March 23 or Tuesday, March 24 between 10am to 1pm. We will escort members one at the time to collect their belongings. Please note that you may be asked to wait for your turn in your vehicle while we assist other members. Otherwise, your items will be safely stored where you left them. Your locker rental will be extended from March 16 to our full re-opening date.
We understand that not everyone’s situation is the same during these difficult times. As such, should your needs not be met by this process, please contact our Client Relationship Manager, Zain Hoosen by email. We will respond to your email in the order it is received. As we are operating with a significantly smaller team, please note that it may take up to five business days to respond to your request.
We thank you for your patience and understanding.
Important Updates – March 16, 2020
Calgary JCC has been closely monitoring developments and information about COVID-19. Inline with the City of Calgary mandate to close recreational facilities and to help limit the spread of COVID-19, we will be closing our building and cancelling all classes and programs as of 12:00pm (noon) on Monday, March 16 until further notice.
The safety and well-being of members, users, and staff is our priority. We will continue monitoring the ongoing updates from Alberta Health Services and the City of Calgary to determine when it is appropriate to reopen our doors and resume programming. We understand you will have many questions – we will turn our attention to addressing them and communicating as soon as we have answers.
Thank you for your support and understanding during this unprecedented and difficult time.
Important Updates – March 15, 2020
Please note that in compliance with the measures taken by the Government of Alberta to limit the spread of COVID-19, our Childcare Centre will be closed and all our licensed preschool and afterschool programs will be cancelled effective Monday, March 16 until further notice.
Important Updates – March 13, 2020
We are closely monitoring the ongoing updates from Alberta Health Services, The City of Calgary, and the Calgary Board of Education. At this time, the Calgary JCC will continue to operate on normal hours.
Please note, we have made a few adjustments to our programs. Effective immediately our Active Living and PWR! Moves programs are cancelled until further notice. While our pool remains open, we are following the recommendation of the Lifesaving Society of Alberta to close our sauna, hot tub, and steam room to maintain social distancing practice. We will continue to update you of any further program changes and/or postponements as well as any changes in services or service hours.
We encourage everyone to bring their own refillable water bottle when using the facility. We have shut off the public water fountains, however the refillable fountain located at the bottom of the stairs near the change rooms is still available.
We are asking all patrons and staff to be aware of any possible COVID-19 symptoms. Please remain at home and follow the proper protocol in phoning Health Link 811 for their medical recommendations.
We are committed to meeting your needs, but most importantly your safety and well-being.
What the Calgary JCC is Doing – March 12, 2020
As concern grows about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we want you to know that the Calgary JCC is closely monitoring this situation to ensure that our community and our programs are prepared for whatever steps we may need to take.
In an effort to keep our community safe and well informed, we wanted to share this link to the Alberta Health Services (AHS) website that contains current information about COVID-19.
For our part here at the JCC, we have taken the following measures in order to do our best to protect everyone’s health and safety. We have:
- Reviewed our daily cleaning and sanitation protocol for all program areas and have modified and enhanced procedures where necessary and appropriate.
- Increased the frequency of our disinfectant cleaning of frequently touched surfaces such as exercise equipment, door knobs, and door handles.
- A number of hand sanitizer dispensers throughout our facilities and are ensuring that they are always filled.
- Posted proper handwashing information in all washrooms.
- Asked staff with respiratory symptoms to err on the side of caution and stay home.
There are a few steps that we would like to ask you, our valued members and participants, to take to aid us in our efforts to promote and maintain a healthy environment here at the JCC. We ask you to please:
- Refrain from using the JCC if you are not feeling well. In addition, please don’t send your children to the JCC if they are not feeling well.
- Use sani-wipes or our disinfectant-filled bottles to wipe off the gym equipment in the fitness centre and studios.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and properly dispose of tissues.
AHS is actively monitoring the situation and leading the response in Alberta. The JCC will take our direction from AHS and will continue to respond according to their recommendations. If you have further questions, please call Health Link at 811.