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Dear Friends,

In the face of growing numbers of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), Ethos has been busy working with our city, state and federal partners as well as other stakeholders, to take important and varied measures to ensure the safety and well-being of Boston’s older adults, disabled residents and our staff and volunteers.

I’m writing to provide you with an update on the measures and precautions Ethos is taking.


  • We have postponed or rescheduled all outside programs, classes and events
  • We are converting some in-person events to virtual events
  • We are offering “Grab and Go” meals, to be consumed where seniors wish, at the following Community Café sites:
    • Covenant House Café
    • Crossroads Café
    • Ohrenberger Café
    • Ruggles/Hearth Café
    • Roche Center Café
    • Morville House Café
    • VietAID Café
    • Julia Martin House Café
    • La Alianza Cafe Café
    • Grove Hall Café
    • Café Emmanuel
    • Beacon House Café
    • Anna Bissonette House Café
    • Amory Street Café
    • Medeiros Center Café
    • Torre Unidad/Unity Tower Café
    • Back of the Hill Café
    • Blake Estates Café
    • Codman Apartments Café
    • Curley Café
    • Ferrin Café
    • Heritage Café
    • Keystone Café
    • Main Street Café
    • Nate Smith House Café
    • Neighborhood House Café
    • Olmstead Green Café
    • Peabody/Englewood Café
    • People’s Baptist Café
    • TDC/Wellington Café
    • Veronica Smith Café
    • Walnut House Café
    • Woodbourne Café
  • We have temporarily closed the following Community Café sites:
    • Sant Grandet Café
    • AABA Village Café
    • AgeWell Café
    • Arch Street Café
    • Café Pride
    • East Boston Social Center Café
    • Out2Brunch
    • Out2Brunch
    • Out4Supper
    • St. Patrick’s Café

Some older adults, who are 60 or older, may be eligible to receive home delivered meals. If you, or someone you know, is interested in Meals on Wheels, please call 617-477-6606 or visit www.ethocare.org.


  • We are requiring employees or volunteers who feel sick to stay at home
  • We are reminding everyone about proper hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette in and out of the office
  • We have discontinued all work-related foreign and domestic travel (other than home visits) and are encouraging staff to avoid personal international travel
  • We are requiring staff , who choose to travel internationally for personal purposes, to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to work
  • We are requiring that all conferences, seminars and other discretionary gatherings, hosted by Ethos involving external parties, be conducted virtually
  • We are restricting staff from attending any external work-related conferences, seminars or events in person
  • And we asking staff practice social distancing ((keeping 6 feet between people)

We are confident that these measures, along with Ethos’ strict approach to health and safety, will enable us to protect our most vulnerable populations as we continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation. Rest assured that all of us here at Ethos are committed to keeping those we serve healthy and safe, continuing to provide the services that allow them to maintain their independence. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Sincerely, Valerie Frias CEO, Ethos



Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Ethos is experiencing increased demand for Meals on Wheels and Community Cafe programs. More and more older adults are heeding public health warnings and remaining in their homes as much as possible. The hot, nutritious meals that Ethos provides has become a critical lifeline for so many in our community. While we expect legislation to increase funding for this program, we have an immediate need for unrestricted funds to bridge the gap.

Please help Ethos and the seniors we serve, by making a donation today.

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