DATE:                March 20, 2020                                                                                                             


TO:                  All Starfish Family Services Families


FROM:            Karen Roback, Vice President of Early Childhood and Strategy


RE:                       Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update



Reminder: All Starfish Family Services locations will be closed until at least April 5, 2020.


All families were contacted this week by your Family Service Guide or center staff to confirm contact information so we can communicate critical updates about center operations or support services during the closure. Based on the information families shared, Starfish will use the website and text messages to share critical updates during the closure. 


Starfish is partnering with Gleaners to provide food distribution at the following locations. Dates and times will be shared via text message.

  • Covenant House

  • Cecil

  • Hiveley

  • Marygrove


Starfish will also be providing meals on the go for families at our Hiveley location.  Dates and times will be shared via text message.


Starfish is also providing other basic needs, like diapers, as we have them available during the Gleaners food and meal on the go distributions.  Starfish is committed to supporting families with urgent basic needs as we have them available during the closure and the crisis.  Click on the link to complete a short survey to help us understand your needs.




The website has more information about COVID-19, educational materials and activities for children, and links to other resources.  Please visit the website often as the information will be updated frequently.


Here are recommendations from Governor Whitmer’s office for Individuals and families at home:

  1. Learn about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

  2. If you have respiratory symptoms, STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK. Call your health care provider’s office in advance of your visit.

  3. Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, like doorknobs, keyboards, cell phones, and light switches.

  4. Communicate and reinforce best practices for washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes.

  5. Be prepared if there is COVID-19 in your household or a disruption of daily activities in your community. For example, maintain a supply of medications, food, and other essentials in your house. Consider alternative shopping options such as curbside pickups or online deliveries.

  6. Access services as much as possible online or by phone.


Learn more about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):

 Webmaster: Darlene Miller   /  835 Mason Suite A135 Dearborn, Mi  48124

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