EMPLOYEE INFO AND ASSISTANCE

CONNECT WITH US

Thought and PrayerFridays at 10:30 am EST / 8:30 am CST. Join us on Facebook Live for the Scripture of the day, and short thought, and prayer. If you have prayer requests you can post them in the comments for us to all to pray together or you can email ministry@christian-horizons.orgfor private requests.

Renew Training: Caring for you as you care for others. To learn about the Renew course on self-care and compassion fatigue being made available as a podcast, visit www.christian-horizons.org/renew.

If you would like to talk or pray with someone, contact Chantal Huinink, Coordinator of Organizational and Spiritual life at chuinink@christian-horizons.org to set up a time to talk.

NEWS AND UPDATES 

The most recent information from Christian Horizons on COVID-19 can be found under “featured news” on the CH Connect and through the Coronavirus Updates page (CH Connect login required).

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT 

If you’re a Direct Support Professional and the impacts of COVID-19 make you feel that you need mental health support, you can receive short-term one-to-one teletherapy without charge via the Ontario COVID-19 Mental Health Network. Access is easy. Visit the Request Support Page. Fill in the brief form. In the space for healthcare role enter “Direct Support Professional.” A few hours after you submit the form, you’ll receive an email with the names and email addresses of up to three licensed volunteer therapists. Email the therapist of your choice and they’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

WELLNESS TOGETHER CANADA

The Government of Canada has launched a new portal, Wellness Together Canada (ca.portal.gs) to support mental health and wellbeing with credible information and resources. The portal provides access to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists, and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls.

LIFEWORKS

Christian Horizons’ Employee Assistance Program, Lifeworks, has many COVID-19 resources on its site for employees, including free webinars, virtual or phone counselling options, and a vast library of online resources. See their tip sheet on protecting yourself and others(username: christian, password: horizons).

Lifeworks’ parent company, Morneau Shepell, hosts a COVID-19 toolkit for individuals available without logging in. Along with webinars on “Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19” and “Talking to your child about COVID-19,” they offer many other links, tip sheets, and resources.

BACK TO SCHOOL FAQ

The Back to School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document was developed as a quick guide to support you in deciding your next steps based on different scenarios related to children/housemates going back to school and COVID-19 symptoms and exposure.

COVID-19 TESTING IN ONTARIO

As of September 25, 2020, select pharmacies are offering free COVID-19 testing in Ontario by appointment only. You can view the list of participating pharmacies and, if you are asymptomatic (not showing any symptoms of COVID-19), you can call to book an appointment to get tested. All public health measures must be followed when going for a test, including wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, and frequent handwashing. If you are feeling ill on the date of your appointment, please stay home and re-schedule your test at an assessment centre.

To learn more about the testing criteria for both assessment centres and pharmacies, please visit the Government of Ontario COVID-19 Test and Testing Location Information page

COVID-19 TESTING IN SASKATCHEWAN

Universal testing is available in Saskatchewan to anyone wishing to be tested by referral only (except where drive-thru options are available. To obtain a referral to a community testing centre, please call Healthline 811, your family physician, or your nurse practitioner.

To learn more, please visit the Government of Saskatchewan testing Information page.

CURRENT TRAVEL PARAMETERS

CLICK HERE to view the latest travel guidelines for employees (as of September 3, 2020). In this document, you will find the latest requirements for travel between cities, provinces, and out-of-country by air, train, bus, or car.

BENEVOLENCE FUND

People matter. No one willing to receive help should be without food, shelter, and other basic needs. The Christian Horizons COVID-19 Benevolence Fund has been established to provide financial assistance to employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, and for the people supported by Christian Horizons, as well as Christian Horizons Host Family Providers who are experiencing financial or material need during this time of the declared pandemic. One-time grants of up to $300 are available during the declared emergency until the allocated funds are exhausted.
You can download the application form by clicking here.

COVID-19 INJURY AT WORK (IAW)

Process information, packages, and tip sheets for supervisors are available here. Please note that you will need to complete the CHConnect login to view this page.