Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
(415) 282-3334 ext. 152
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2020
All Staff Temporarily Working Remotely as MEDA Closes Offices as Precautionary Measure
Goal to halt prospective spread of COVID-19 in San Francisco’s Mission District, while community members can still access the services they need
San Francisco — With a heightened awareness of its responsibility to staff and community members, the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) has announced that on March 14 the nonprofit will temporarily cease in-person services at its Plaza Adelante neighborhood center at Mission and 19th streets. All staff are now working remotely, with the tools in place so that community members can still access the services they need.
The reason for the pivot is the potential spread of the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19), based on an abundance of caution and follows “social distancing” guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH). It should be noted that at this time no confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been traced to Plaza Adelante.
MEDA yesterday advised the community of these temporary changes, using major communications channels, such as email blasts and social media. Some of the small-business tenants located on Plaza Adelante’s first-floor Mercadito have chosen to remain open, at their normal hours of operation.
“The health and safety of our staff and the public remains paramount for MEDA. Our goal is to reduce the risk that anyone coming for services at MEDA’s offices might contract or inadvertently spread the Novel coronavirus,” explained MEDA spokesperson Christopher Gil of the difficult decision. “We do want our community to know that MEDA staff has implemented ways to to stay in touch with community members and continue to provide services, including via phone or text. MEDA has ensured that systems are in place so that important tasks are optimized for remote participation.”
MEDA’s Board and management team will be continuously monitoring this public-health situation. The reopen date for offices will be announced when public safety can be best guaranteed.
To stay aware of this developing situation:
- It is recommended that the community check MEDA’s social media channels for updates (Facebook; Twitter; Linkedin), or go to these MEDA web pages for the latest information in English or Spanish.
- For general information, please call MEDA at (415) 282-3334 ext. 101 and leave a message with a call-back number.
- It is suggested that those seeking updates on COVID-19 go to this City and County of San Francisco resource page.
About Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
Rooted in the Mission and focused on San Francisco, MEDA’s mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development.