O’Hara launches program to engage shut-ins during stay-at-home order
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 11:01 PM
That’s the goal of a program O’Hara officials rolled out his week to help engage shut-ins or others who are isolated during the state-mandated stay-at-home order.
“Neighbors Being Neighbors” enlists O’Hara residents to reach out by phone to people who are yearning for socialization, whether they live alone or are shut off for other reasons.
“During this troubling time, we would like to match folks wanting a telephone call four or five times a week with folks willing to make the call to them,” Township Manager Julie Jakubec said.
Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday ordered residents in Allegheny and six other Pennsylvania counties to stay at home in an effort to thwart the spread of the coronavirus.
The order does not stop people from going to grocery stores, pharmacies and other businesses previously deemed life-sustaining.
O’Hara’s phone-based program is meant to uplift spirits not only for those receiving the calls but for those reaching out as well.
“Having restricted social contact can be very difficult,” Jakubec said. “We are asking for a neighborly chat, (something) positive.”
Local church leaders who know of senior citizens or others that might benefit from a check-up call are encouraged to notify O’Hara officials.
The program is open to “anyone, anywhere,” Jakubec said.
Anyone seeking a call or interested in volunteering should email email@example.com or call 412)-782-1400.