We’ve Launched Our Virtual Clubhouse!

Hello Connections Place Members and Community,

Can you believe it?! Its been almost two full weeks since we had to suspend building services at Connections Place. In that time we’ve been working hard shifting our services and programming so that you can still connect with your community and your clubhouse, staff, and members alike.

We are excited to share that we have successfully launched our ‘Virtual Clubhouse’ service and program delivery so that you can connect online, access programming online, and participate in activities and meaningful work, like contributing to our newsletter and supporting other members in our community.

We also want you to know that even though the clubhouse is not open at the moment, we still have staff available on site to talk with over the phone and you can even book one-on-one Zoom or Skype conversation sessions with staff.

Our website will be updated regularly with clubhouse blog posts from staff and members. You can also find our calendar on the website with a breakdown of our activities and programming. Please let us know if you’re interested in taking part in an activity or if you would like to lead your own!

Connections Place staff will continue to provide our regular outreach activities such as frequent phone calls to members who might want or need them. We just put this month’s birthday cards in the mail yesterday, so check your mail box.

This week marks the start of our daily morning meeting over Zoom; it was great to see so many members take part and check in with our community. If you are interested in participating in an online Zoom meeting with clubhouse staff and members, please see our ‘Directions on How to Stay Connected’ section below. 

Weekly Zoom ‘check-in and wellness’ meetings will start the week of Monday March 30th on Wednesdays and Fridays. This is a time for you to check in about how you’re feeling and give and receive support with your community at Connections Place.

Today, we are launching a members only private Facebook group for folks who are interested in being part of a supportive online community group. We will be sharing lots of content relating to wellness, coping strategies, and inspiration as well hosting challenges and contests! We really hope to see you there!

And finally, fill out our survey for a chance to win one of three $35 gift certificates! We want to know how we can better serve you during this time of greater social isolation and need. The survey asks some ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions about how you’re doing right now and how we could try to meet your needs. We’ll be sending a second email today that gives you all the details on how to participate in this survey.

Coming soon: food security for our members and our spring newsletter… We need your help! If you are in need of greater food security or you’d like to work on the Clubhouse newsletter with us, please let us know!

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for lots of content, news, and updates!

Chris Forester
Executive Director

Directions on How to Stay Connected

Private Facebook Group for Members

  1. Create a Facebook account if you don’t already have one: https://www.facebook.com/r.php.
  2. When you’re logged in, type ‘Connections Place Private Members Group’ in the search bar at the top of the page and click ‘Join’.
  3. Please read the group description for our community standards.

Virtual Members Meetings & Check-Ins Using Zoom

  1. The Zoom app will download automatically to your smart device when you join a meeting, or, you can manually download it here: https://zoom.us/download.
  2. Simply click on the following hyperlinks at the scheduled meeting time to be connected:

Virtual Programming Using Zoom

One of our members, Robert, will be leading a TED Talk and discussion group, as well as a Connecting Through Music group each week. Here’s how you can connect to these virtual programs:

  1. Follow the directions above to get connected in the Zoom app.
  2. Simply click on the following hyperlinks at the scheduled meeting time to be connected:

Scheduled 1:1 Video Check-Ins Using Zoom or Skype

We are also available for 15-minute one-on-one video check-ins using the Zoom or Skype apps. Please email or call us to schedule a meeting!

Email & Phone Check-Ins

As always, we are available via phone and email Monday to Thursday 9am to 3pm:

  • info@connectionsplace.org
  • 250-483-3748
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