St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen Resumes Evening Meal Service

assisi kitchenDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen has continued to provide a hot, nutritious meal to individuals and families in need seven days a week. The daily meals, served between 11 a.m. and noon, are distributed in take-out containers on the Vine Street side of the building. 

Beginning Tuesday, July 28, Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen has resumed its evening meals three nights a week. The evening meals will be served on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 until 6 p.m. The evening meals will also be distributed in take-out containers on the Vine Street side of the building. 

“Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen would not be able to serve so many of our brothers and sisters in need without the hard work and dedication of our staff, volunteers and the kindness and generosity of the community. Thank you to everyone who has supported our critically important mission in God’s vineyard,” Rob Williams, Executive Director, Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen and Food and Clothing Pantry, said. 

The Saint Francis Food Pantry remains open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Food bags are distributed at the door. 

While the Saint Francis of Assisi Free Clothing Store remains closed at this time, needs of the community are still being met on an individual basis. At this time, the facility is not currently in a position to receive clothing donations. 

Due to the ongoing health crisis, Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen is not currently accepting food or clothing donations from individuals at the door until further notice. 

Financial contributions may be made by check or online at http://www.stfranciskitchen.org. 

 

YMCA Reopens After Shutdown, Gearing Up for 11th Annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

After closing its facility on March 17, the Greater Scranton YMCA will reopen to members on today (July 1) as part of phase one of the facility’s three phase reopening plan. To date, the Y has reopened the Early Learning Center, Summer Day Camp and Pool A. The facility will be limited to 50 percent capacity.

Beginning July 1, the Greater Scranton YMCA will operate on limited hours: Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (on July 4, the facility will open from 8 a.m. – noon.).  

Open areas will include: Cardio and strength areas with significant restrictions on capacity and activities, daily child care (separated from general membership), Pool A (lane reservations required), gym for individual workouts only and the Universal Locker Room (bathrooms will be accessible, showers in private rooms will be closed). Only no touch bottle filling will be available (water fountains closed).

Closed areas will include: Lobby areas (seating will be removed), all group exercise rooms and group activities, adult men’s and women’s locker rooms, steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools, child watch area for members and the racquetball courts. Towels and equipment usage (i.e. basketballs, racquets and balls, etc.) will not be provided.

The Greater Scranton YMCA will mandate rigid social/physical distancing practices and policies (equipment will be spaced to maintain appropriate social distance). Hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the building and the facility and equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily (before opening, after closing each day and throughout the day). 

All staff is required to wear PPE (i.e. masks, gloves in certain areas) and members are required to wear a mask in the facility, unless otherwise posted. Staff, members and vendors temperatures will be checked upon entry. Any individual who displays any symptom of an illness may not enter the building. 

For additional information and important details about phase one of the Greater Scranton YMCA’s three phase reopening plan, please visit the Y’s website.

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The Greater Scranton YMCA will participate in the 11th annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, an event designed to build awareness and generate local and national press attention about the vital importance of teaching kids to swim to help prevent drowning. The event will be held on July 16 from 4:30 to 5 p.m. at its facility at 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore.

To ensure for proper social distancing, the program is limited to the first 25 children who register. The program is free and open to Greater Scranton YMCA members and non-members ages 3-11. Registration will open on Wednesday, July 1. To register, visit www.greaterscrantonymca.org

Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children ages 1-4 by up to 88 percent. Learning to swim is a life-saving skill that every person should learn no matter their age. 

Through participating in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, the Greater Scranton YMCA hopes to do its part in putting an end to drowning, the leading cause of accidental death for kids ages 1-4 worldwide, by spreading the word Swimming Lessons Save Lives™. 

For more information, contact Ken Brewster, Aquatics Director, Greater Scranton YMCA, at (570) 828-3112 or kbrewster@greaterscrantonymca.org. 

 

Local Twirlers to Present Recital on the Big Screen

Double R Twirlettes

The Double “R” Twirlettes will present their annual recital on the “Big Screen” at the Circle Drive-In on tonight at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.) For more information, call 570-489-1935 or visit doublertwirl.com.  The group is under the direction of Kathleen Mercatili.

Pictured from left: Natalie Buchinski, Mia Velez, Sara Swavola, Jordan Gioupis and Madison Doyle.