The Catalyst

Senior Services News
Tuesday, January 12, 2021


Visit Our Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Resources Hub

We will continue to update our COVID-19 Vaccine Resources Hub as more resources become available regarding the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines.  Please find new materials below:

Special thank you to our members, Good Samaritan Society, Advocate Aurora Health, & Graceworks Lutheran Services for sharing some of their communication resources including the below:

  • Graceworks Lutheran Services
    • Leadership Communications to Staff & SurveyMonkey  (available upon request)

*Please email if your leadership can provide additional resources to your peers or you would be interested in a peer forum to discuss current strategies/needs.

Free Online Consumer CV19 CheckUp:

CV19 CheckUp is an online system developed to help Americans be safer, healthier, and ensure their individual needs are met during the pandemic. CV19 CheckUp asks users to complete an easy, quick, confidential questionnaire. A personalized report is immediately provided, outlining the user’s level of risk and offering recommendations and resources to reduce those risks. CV19 CheckUp employs artificial intelligence and data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Share it with your consumers and residents at



Advocacy Update

Paycheck Protection Program Resumes with New Application Forms and Revised Eligibility Criteria

Today, Monday, January 11, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal for new loans available under the terms of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, which was signed into law on December 27, 2020.  Loan applications will be accepted until March 31, 2021

As of January 11, community financial institutions, which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries, will be able to process applications for entities seeking their first PPP loans (“first draw” loans.)  On Wednesday, January 13, these institutions can begin processing second round loans (“second draw” loans) for entities that have already received and used up initial PPP loans.  Other eligible lenders and borrowers will be able to process and apply for loans shortly.  

First draw loans continue to be available only to entities with 500 or fewer employees, while second draw loans are available only to employers with 300 or fewer employees who can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020, among other criteria.  

Lutheran Services in America continues our aggressive call for additional Congressional legislation to expand eligibility for these loans, and to further support your organization’s business continuity and services during this difficult time.  As always, we will continue to stay in touch with you with further updates.  You may also wish to consult our continually updated webpage on federal relief funding.

For further information, please contact Sarah Dobson, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, at or 202-499-5832.

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