COVID-19 & Seton Youth Shelters

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Press Release Regarding the Coronavirus and How It Affects Seton Youth Shelters and Other Human Services Non-profits.

As the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Seton is assessing the impact it will have on the communities we serve, our programs, and our organization as a whole. We know that the youth we serve and their families will feel significant difficulties in the coming months, making our programs more critical than they have ever been. Here is what each of our programs are doing now:


  • Cleaning and disinfecting all common areas around our shelters multiple times a day
  • Asking the limited number of shelter visitors to properly wash hands upon arrival and to refrain from visiting the shelters if they have a fever, cough or shortness of breath
  • Implementing enhanced hand-washing and sanitizing procedures for all staff and youth
  • Facilitating remote learning for youth due to school closures
  • Implementing social distancing within our shelters
  • As always, assuring youth receive 3 nutritious meals a day in accordance with the USDA Dietary Guidelines
  • Operating our crisis hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (757.498.4357 or 866.751.7640)


  • Suspending all Van Outreach activities (due to youth congregating around van to collect the goods and services we provide)
  • Implementing enhanced hand-washing and sanitizing procedures for all staff
  • Working in conjunction with the National Safe Place Program to provide shelter and transportation to shelter
  • Cleaning and disinfecting all Outreach Vans used to pick up youth in crisis

Mentoring & HYPE:

  • Discouraging all outings/meetings to public places where groups of more than 10 gather
  • Implementing enhanced hand-washing and sanitizing procedures for all staff
  • Suspending all Mentor training classes until further notice
  • Supporting families of mentees and connecting them to food and housing help when needed

We anticipate the need of our programs to increase SIGNIFICANTLY in the coming months. With families facing a lack of income along with various other challenges, we will keep our programs operating in order to assure the youth in our communities are fully supported. Now, more than ever, we need our community to help us help them. Here is what YOU can do:

Help us help them:

We understand that these are trying times for everyone, and we will be a part of the effort to maintain a healthy community. Seton Youth Shelters will continue our mission of saving lives of the youth in Hampton Roads and beyond, but we need your help. Join us in the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, consider making a donation to help us close the funding gap we will likely encounter, and help us serve our community. Our mission is to assist youth and their families in times of crisis, and we will remain a lifeline, unwavering, as long as we continue to be supported by you.

We will continue to update this page, along with our social media, in the coming weeks and months.

Helpful Links:

Youth Meal Distribution Sites (with addresses and operating hours) (GHRconnects)
Drive Thru Screenings Sites (Sentara)
Utilities Information (Wavy)
COVID-19 in Our Region (GHRconnects)
COVID-19 Worldwide (WHO)
COVID-19 in Virginia (VDH)