We are here for you.
Northside Youth and Senior Services Center (NSYSSC) is working to assist local seniors, youth and families during the COVID-19 pandemic in any and every way that we can.
However, we have adjusted our programs and services for the safety of all involved. The Center is closed to the public, and the majority of our staff is working from home. Please call 314-531-4161 if you are a St. Louis City resident, especially those age 60 or older, and in need of:
- Home delivered meals
- Congregate meals to go
- Transportation for essential services, including grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, and special elderly-only shopping hours
New Policies for Safer Rides
We are committed to keeping our clients and staff safe, while supporting the ability of our clients to access essential services. To meet this objective, we have incorporated the following policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Vans are not allowed to exceed half of their passenger capacity.
- Drivers frequently clean hot spots on the vans with an intense focus on places that are touched often.
- Drivers wipe down handles and seats often and between riders.
- Vehicles are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day.
- Vehicles are returned to the Center earlier to allow for additional cleaning.
Youth Programs Closed
In observance of the City of St. Louis Department of Health guidelines regarding the fight against community spread of COVID-19, NSYSSC youth programs will be closed starting Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice.
In the meantime, we are continuing to serve our youth in other ways. Stop by the Center for grab-and-go snacks, meals and at-home activities.
For families and youth in need of technology devices or internet access for remote learning, please reach out to our team. We have a limited number of devices available to eligible families.
Senior Nutrition Program Updates
As our community deals with the coronavirus pandemic, our Meals on Wheels program remains committed to ensuring the health and safety of homebound older adults in the City of St. Louis. At the same time, we must also protect the wellbeing of our dedicated volunteers and hardworking staff. That’s why, in an abundance of caution for all involved, we’ve temporarily altered our meal delivery protocols.
Until further notice, all of our home-delivered meal clients will receive a two-week supply of frozen and shelf stable meals every two weeks. Our priority is to make sure the people we serve do not run out of food during these challenging times.
The daily congregate meal service, which provided on-site meals, will remain closed. We encourage clients in this program to use or take-and-go option or sign up for home delivery. Our kitchen will remain open to rebuild our supply of frozen meals for our next round of meal deliveries to our seniors.
We are not closing or suspending services. Our agency will still be providing assistance to our current clients. The people we serve will be receiving phone calls from our Meals on Wheels staff to check in on them and assess their needs. We will also be replenishing clients’ meal supplies well before they are depleted. The idea is to deliver multiple meals at a time in order to reduce risks to both client and volunteer. Daily meal deliveries will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we will keep you updated on future developments.
We Could Use Your Help
Many of you have asked how you can help us right now, and we are so grateful for your ongoing support during this difficult time. We cannot accept donations of food, but we welcome financial contributions to help offset the costs to deliver healthy meals to our senior community.
Thank you for helping Northside Youth and Senior Service Center care for our neighbors!