MANSFIELD -- The Friendly House Board of Managers and Executive Director Terry Conard on Thursday released an announcement regarding the facility and summer activities during the COVID-19 pandemic:
"The Friendly House is taking the necessary steps about reopening the facility and our summer programs safely and effectively. There are currently many guidelines in place and we will continue to adapt as the weeks go on. Friendly House could close at any time, depending on Ohio Department of Health measures and precautions," the release said.
-- - Hidden Hollow resident camp has been cancelled for the 2020 season. This decision was made on May 18.
-- There will be no aquatic programs at the Friendly House during the summer. This includes swim lessons, water exercise, and lap swims.
-- The Friendly House Preschool Program will re-open on June 8. Space is limited. Parents of preschool children must be working and will need to provide employer documentation. Friendly House staff will call to verify employment. Preference will be given first to families that were already enrolled before Friendly House shut down March 25.
-- The Friendly House Summer Fun program and Happy Hollow Day Camp will be combined as ONE program and will be held at Happy Hollow, beginning June 22. There will be no Summer Fun program at the Friendly House. Capacity is a limited and registration will be “first come first serve.” The cost is $100 per week/per child and financial assistance will be provided with the proper paperwork. If you qualify for childcare assistance through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), Friendly House recommends you contact your caseworker now in order to receive the benefit for Happy Hollow Day Camp as you will need proof of this information for enrollment. Parents of enrolled campers must be working and will need to provide employer documentation. Friendly House staff will call to verify employment. Campers must be between the ages of 6-14 and have completed Kindergarten. Registration for Happy Hollow will be on June 10.
More information and details on these programs will be coming out in the next week. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
"Everyone at Friendly House understands that these decisions are not ideal for everyone but, at this time, these decisions will help keep our facility running. No one expected this to be our situation this summer, and we are hoping that opening these programs even in their small capacity, will help alleviate some of the stress on our families. We are grateful for your continued support of the Friendly House," the release said.