Welcome to From the Heart Stitchers
An Important Message From the Board Concerning the Omicron Variant of COVID-19
January 16, 2022
At our Board Meeting this afternoon, the Board had a lengthy discussion about the very prevalent and very contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19. The incidence rate (i.e., the number of tests returning positive results) is currently at or above 37% in Virginia and we believe this is on the low side as not everyone taking an at-home test would be reporting either that they had taken one, or the results, to local health authorities.
I would like to note that the membership of From the Heart deserves recognition for the diligence and care for others demonstrated since the we first set out on this journey in March of 2020. It is important to realize that this variant, while less lethal than previous variants, is a LOT more contagious. The overriding concern of the Board is the health and well-being of the membership and, so, we have decided to formalize what we believe the membership is doing anyway. We will continue to monitor the incidence rate of this variant, which is supposed to peak around the end of January to the middle of February. We do believe that the steps listed below are already being practiced by our members and we thank you for that. We ask that the From the Heart membership continue to:
- Not come to the workshop at all if you are feeling ill or have been in the presence of someone who has been ill.
- Not congregate for any reason in the workshop. This includes knitting and/or crocheting as a group.
- Maintain a safe social distance while in or outside the workshop.
- Sign your name on our “contact tracing” sheet at the workshop if it is necessary to go inside.
- Wear a mask inside the workshop, whether vaccinated or not.
- Know what you want from the yarn hall before coming inside if you need yarn, to spend as little time as possible with anybody already in the workshop.
- Sanitize your hands before going into the yarn hall.
- Pick up yarn from the bins outside if possible. We will put yarn outside in bins for any special project we have ongoing.
- Drop items off in the bins outside as much as possible.
- Take extra care if you know yourself to be health compromised in any way.
The workshop will continue to be open from 10am until 2pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have.
Continuing From the Heart’s Soft Reopening – December 31, 2021
The From the Heart workshop is open from 10am until 2pm 4 days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The total number allowed inside the workshop at any given time continues to be capped at 10, which includes the 2 Elves. To comply with current CDC guidelines, we are requiring that masks be worn by those who come into the workshop. This especially important at the moment until we understand the affect of the Omicron variant.
You may enter the workshop to get yarn and, if you are not staying, you will not be included in the count of 10 people. We are continuing to keep a written record of who enters, although we will no longer take temperatures as you enter.
Please do not come to the workshop if you have a cold or other illness or have been in the company of someone who has been, or is, ill.
Please continue to tag your completed projects before dropping them off but it is no longer necessary to bag them, with the exception of items intended for Vessels of Mercy International. If you do bag them, please include a list of what is in the bag.
There will be a bin outside for you to drop your items into if you don’t want to enter the workshop. Please note you do not need to enter the workshop or sign in if you are simply dropping items in the bin outside.
President, From the Heart
Inclement Weather Policy
As falls continues its inexorable march towards winter with the inevitable arrival of ice and snow, this is a reminder that From the Heart’s inclement weather policy can be summed as “If the schools are closed, or opening late, the workshop will be closed.”
This rule applies regardless of where you live. In Richmond, we look at Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, and Richmond City schools. In Fredericksburg, it would be Spotsylvania. If your schools are closed/opening late, your meeting spot will be closed. A notice will be sent out on Friday evening if we need to close on a Saturday, as the schools cannot be the guide in that instance. Other than that, please just follow the “If the schools are closed, or opening late, the workshop will be closed” rule. Thanks all.
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From our humble beginnings…
…in a Starbucks coffee shop in 2001, to our close to 2,000 member base today, the volunteer organization From the Heart continues its charitable mission.
From the Heart is involved in numerous projects, from making chemo hats for local cancer centers, preemie baby hats for the tiniest of our recipients, sleeping bags and warm mitten sets for the homeless in the Richmond community.
From the Heart volunteers are constantly finding new opportunities to help, and encourage anyone who knows of an unmet need in the community to please bring it to our attention.
We invite anyone interested in joining our cause to join us by email, web site, or check the latest newsletter for our schedule and just show up!
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Volunteers are angels in disguise. Spread your wings…Join From the Heart!
Lois Moore, Founder of From the Heart
Our mission is to serve our community by preserving and promoting fiber arts, creating a spirit of fellowship and love among our volunteers and board members, and producing handmade items which bring comfort, love and solace to others.
Our workshop is located at:
1114 Westbriar Drive
Richmond, Va 23238
Workshop Hours (Masks are currently required to be worn by all people entering the workshop)
Tuesday 10am – 2pm
Wednesday 10am – 2pm
Thursday 10am – 2pm
Saturday 10am – 2pm