Starfish is excited to update the community about our Safe Start protocols as of April 4, 2022. Health data in the region continues to trend positively and we are cautiously optimistic about the months ahead and moving beyond the hardest years and impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Please review the links and chart below for outlined changes. You will see that we have lightened some of our safety protocols to create more freedom for face-to-face interactions and opportunities for in-person services and connection. We also remain committed to following guidance from our regulatory partners and our goal of keeping our families, teams, and the community safe – particularly young children who are too young to get vaccinated and/or wear masks. Please reach out if you have a specific need or questions:
- Call us: 734. 728. 3400 (for general information + COVID-specific updates)
- Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check back: here for updates (we suggest bookmarking us)
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Current Starfish status: as of April 4, 2022
Accessing COVID-19 vaccines
Visit Michigan.gov/covidvaccine for resources, FAQs, testimonials, links to your local health department, and other up-to-date information about vaccine availability in Michigan. Click here to access resources in 12 languages. Unless noted otherwise, vaccinations are free. As of November 2021, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children age 5 and older. Visit the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for information specific to children and adolescents.
The CDC has approved new recommendations for COVID-19 Boosters as of February 2, 2022. Booster shots are recommended for individuals age 12 or 18 and over, and after completing the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series at least 5 months ago.
Detroit Health Department: Click to visit the DHD site for up-to-date information
- To schedule an appointment: Call 313.230.0505 Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Walk-in welcome at all sites
- Open to: Those who live or work in the city of Detroit
- To find locations: Text your address to 313.230.0505
- Featured locations (Monday-Friday):
- Detroit Health Department at 100 Mack Ave., Detroit (ages 5 to 11)
- Northwest Activities Center at 18100 Meyers Rd., Detroit (ages 5 and above)
- Samaritan Center at 5555 Conner, Detroit (ages 12 and above)
- Community Saturday venues throughout the city
Wayne County Health Department Clinics: Click to visit the WCHD site for up-to-date information.
- To schedule an appointment:
- Call 866.610.3885 Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. + Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Text “wayne vax” to 48355
- Call 866.610.3885 Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. + Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Open to: Wayne County residents and workers
- Featured locations:
- Berwyn Senior Citizen Center, 26155 Richardson St., Dearborn Heights
- Booker T. Dozier Recreation Center, 2025 Middlebelt Road, Inkster
- Dearborn Ice Skating Center, 14900 Ford Road, Dearborn
- Lincoln Park Community Center, 3525 Dix Highway, Lincoln Park
- Livonia Senior Center, 15218 Farmington Rd., Livonia
- Wayne County Health Department, 33030 Van Born Rd., Wayne
Beaumont Health: With the increased availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Beaumont vaccine clinics are no longer open.
Detroit Medical Center: Click to begin the process for scheduling an appointment.
Henry Ford Health System: Henry Ford has closed its large vaccination centers, and offers COVID-19 vaccination at its Primary Care sites only for established patients. Click here to learn more about scheduling an appointment using your Henry Ford Health MyChart.
National pharmacies (select Michigan locations):
- Costco: Click to check eligibility and schedule
- CVS: Click to schedule appointment
- Kroger: Click to check eligibility and schedule
- Meijer: Click to schedule appointment
- Rite-Aid: Click to check eligibility and schedule
- Sam’s Club: Click to schedule appointment
- Walgreens: Click to check eligibility and schedule
- Walmart: Click to check eligibility and schedule
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Hotline: 888.535.6136
- Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Includes links to resources in 12 languages.
- Michigan Stay Well Helpline: 888.535.6136 Confidential emotional support counseling is now available 24/7 at no cost to Michiganders. Michigan Stay Well counselors are available any time, day or night, and language translation is available for non-English speakers. Press 8 when prompted to speak to a Michigan Stay Well counselor.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Includes latest health updates and links to fact sheets, including avoiding racism/stigma surrounding Coronavirus.
Disaster Distress Helpline: 800.985.5990 This 24/7/365 service from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides crisis counseling for people going through both natural and human-caused disasters. It’s free, multilingual, and confidential. You can also text TalkWithUs to 66746.
The Wayne County Emergency Rental Assistance Program is offering financial support to landlords and renters. This includes rental arrears up to 12 months, future rent up to 3 months, relocation help, and utility assistance (e.g., electricity, heat, water). Starfish serves as an information hub to assist community families navigate the ERAP application process.
- Where: 26429 Michigan Ave., Inkster
- When: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays
- 30-minute appointments (walk-in)
- Email questions to: Starfish@sfish.org
Detroit city resources for meals, water, housing, navigating unemployment benefits, and more.
United Way 2-1-1 service provides referrals to programs in Southeast Michigan ranging from food vouchers to rental assistance. Dial 2-1-1 OR 1-800-552-1183.
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency offers rent and utility assistance through their COVID Emergency Rental Assistance Program. For offline assistance call 866-313-2520 (Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park) or 734-284-6999 (other areas of Wayne County).
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Find Shelter tool provides information about housing, shelter, health care, and clothing resources in communities across the country.
DTE Energy is here to help manage your energy bills and preserve utility services. Visit DTE COVID online or call 1-800-477-4747 for more details or to check your eligibility.
Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank offers diaper assistance for children and adults. For children’s diapers, visit https://www.detroitdiaperbank.com/diapers/ To inquire about diapers for adults, call 313-356-6470.
Starfish Community Food Distribution Dates: in association with Gleaner’s Community Food Bank are listed below. Biweekly Hiveley Center and Cecil Center dates were discontinued as of June 2021.
- Third (sometimes 2nd) Thursday: Starfish Covenant House Center
- Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Location: 1450 25th St., Detroit
- Upcoming: April 21, May 19, June 16
Starfish Safe Start Plan
The Starfish Safe Start Team has crafted a comprehensive and nimble Safe Start Plan designed to support the health and well-being of employees and the families we serve.
- The plan was informed by parents and staff, who were surveyed to establish a comfort-level baseline.
- The Safe Start Team comprises 50 members, representing a 10% cross-section of voices and diversity.
- The protocols constitute recommendations based on guidance provided by federal, state, and local authorities.
- The return to in-person work and service delivery will follow Michigan Safe Start phased guidelines, and each time an executive order is issued we will review for alignment.
Starfish Safe Start: Family Handbook
Transparent and frequent communication with our families surrounding safe-start protocols is critical. As such, we have created a Starfish Safe Start Family Handbook, which includes detailed family health and safety steps. See also: Manual de Reinicio Seguro para las Familias de Starfish. Note: This handbook and the method of family service delivery (e.g., in-person versus virtual education or therapy) may change as new guidelines or directives become available from COVID authorities.
- Check-in health screening, including temperature check
- Face coverings
- Student drop-off and pick-up
- Social distancing steps
- Facility safety, cleaning, disinfecting
- Emergency response steps
For Behavioral Health Families
Our caring clinicians are successfully maintaining nurturing relationships with our current family of clients at our centers and through telehealth options.
- Call us: 888.355.5433 (current and new clients—taking new clients)
- Visit us on YouTube to see #StarfishStaysConnected videos
- What is “Telehealth” or “Telecounseling”? Telecounseling is a way for you to have sessions with your therapist without having to come into a clinic or office. You can see your therapist face-to-face through live video conferencing.
- Why try Telecounseling? What are the benefits?
- Telecounseling allows you to receive counseling services while following any social distancing guidelines or quarantine restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
- You can virtually meet with your therapist or begin therapy services from the privacy of your home and with the same level of confidentiality as meeting in person.
- All Starfish therapists are trained in telecounseling and want to make the experience as easy as possible.
For Preschool Families
Our talented teachers and innovative educators are connecting with our children’s families via multiple creative avenues.
- Call us: 844.849.5437 (current and new families)
- Now enrolling: Click to pre-enroll
- Dedicated parent portal: Click to visit
- For latest Starfish parent information
- For online educational activities
- Explore, discover, and grow at home with Starfish!
- Day-by-day calendar of interactions for infants, toddlers, preschoolers
- A bounty of Starfish teacher-produced Story Time and Activity Time videos—so important for our little ones to see the smiling faces of their teachers!
- COVID information for parents (also in Spanish)
- Visit us on YouTube to see all #StarfishStaysConnected videos
- For Story Time anytime, see below for rotating Starfish teachers reading to their students . . . and socially connecting!
Ways to help
Over the last year, we have been inspired by the resilience and hope of our families, and by the care and generosity that has come from across the community to support our mission. Your gifts have helped Starfish pivot to meet ever-changing needs and—when needed most—remain an unwavering partner and ally for families and children.
The pandemic has pushed us to focus on the crisis at hand and keeping everyone safe. Yet, we know that every family and every child deserves more than the promise of merely surviving another day. Please make a financial gift today so that we can continue to meet immediate needs and strengthen families to create brighter futures for children. We also know that humankind is resilient. And that we are here to offer hope, help people cope, and make the world better. Let’s use this challenging time to commit to caring for our community.