It has been fifteen months since we closed our Clubhouse doors due to COVID-19. In that time we have continued to serve people facing cancer and their families via phone and Zoom. We evolved to meet the ever-changing conditions of our world and made sure that cancer support continued. As an organization, that’s simply what we do. We shift and learn new ways to reach our members when challenges strike and we’re proud of the work we have done throughout the pandemic.
In the coming weeks we will be taking steps toward re-opening, much like the rest of our community. However, because many of the people we serve are immuno-compromised, we are moving more slowly and with greater caution than other businesses.
Keep an eye on your weekly email from us and the Program calendar for details. Mid-June through the end of July we will offer limited, in-person, outdoor-only programming for members and we will welcome a limited number of volunteers back to the clubhouse. We plan to offer limited in-person programming inside the clubhouse starting in August. Virtual and hybrid programs will continue for some support groups and programs, based on the needs identified by our Program staff.
Because our members may be at increased risk associated with COVID and because there are a number of unknowns regarding the effectiveness of vaccination while in active cancer treatment, we want to be especially cautious. We will require that masks be worn by everyone when inside the clubhouse, we will practice social distancing, and will encourage frequent hand washing. In addition, staff and volunteers will be taking extra precautions in the clubhouse to ensure that we are providing the safest experience possible.
Due to increased risk, our Governing Board and staff currently recommend that those in active chemotherapy and those living with blood cancer continue to participate virtually.
The staff will periodically re-evaluate the need for these practices as we move forward and may reduce or increase safety protocols as needed. Thank you for your continued understanding, support, and patience.
We can’t wait to see you back in the clubhouse!
Lannia Stenz, Executive Director/CEO
Kirsten Norslien, Program Director
Harvey Briggs, Governing Board Chair
– – – – – – – – UPDATE 7/20/2021 – – – – – – – –
As of August 2, 2021 we will kick off a handful of indoor, in-person programs at our clubhouse in Middleton, and select locations in Dane County. We will also continue to offer virtual programs.
What you need to know:
- Members who are returning should bring a mask when they come to Gilda’s Club. To participate in indoor, in-person programs and meetings, all participants (including those who have been vaccinated) will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing while inside the clubhouse. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you.
- All in-person Gilda’s Club Madison staff and support group facilitators are fully vaccinated.
- Staff and volunteers are required to complete a daily COVID self-screening. Upon signing in, all members will also be asked to complete self-screening questions.
- For those who are unable to attend in-person programs, virtual programs will continue as an alternate participation platform.
- Our online Program Calendar will indicate whether a program is in-person, virtual, or hybrid. Each week you will receive an email that details programs that are coming up the following week.
- As always, stay home if you are exhibiting signs of illness or have been exposed to someone with a COVID diagnosis.
- Call 608.828.8873 to schedule time in the workout room, library, or art room.
- Patient Advocacy is still available. Email Debby@gildasclubmadison.org to schedule one-to-one time with Patient Advocate, Debby Deutsch.
- Please note: Our staff and board of directors strongly recommend that if you are in active chemotherapy or living with a blood cancer, please continue to participate virtually.