Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area

ESC's COVID-19 Response

Per CDC requirements:  If you feel sick, have a cough or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or are self-quarantined,  please call us for assistance.

ESC has re-opened to the public as of May 18th,  here are some of the business changes you should expect:

  • Public Hours:  9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday through Friday
    • Please note: these programs are closed on Fridays:  Home Repair, Weatherization and Housing. 
  • We do not have a public restroom available at this time
  • Only 1 person per household may enter any facility
    • Exceptions are Head Start and Early Head Start centers,  we are asking families to reduce the number of members that come into the centers, when possible.
  • Maximum of 6 individuals in the waiting room at one time
    • Once the maximum of 6 individuals is reached,  you will leave your phone number with the receptionist, you can wait outside or in your car while you wait for the receptionist to call you inside to the waiting room.
  • Social Distancing is required
  • Deliveries,  contact the person you are delivery too and have their phone number:
    • Deliveries must enter the main entrance
    • Follow protocol for entering any of our facilities
  • For Scheduled Appointments or Housing Briefings, please indicate to the Receptionist the name of the person your appointment is with
  • Each Individual entering any ESC facility must:
    • Have their temperature taken, and  
    • Respond to COVID-19 questions, and
    • Wear a facemask (we can provide one for you), and
    • Sanitize their hands.  

You may still contact ESC by phone or email during business hours.  

All office locations have a secured dropbox for any information you need to drop off.

Past COVID-19 Information:

ESC's COVID-19 Response Plan as of March 18, 2020, please click the image below to read it fully.  Head Start and Early Head Start centers have closed until June 30, 2020 and the press release can be found below.  If you have any questions,  we suggest you go to the cdc.gov website or your local county health department, here are a few links: Joplin Health Department COVID-19 or Jasper County Health Department.

CDC's recommendations for Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

Head Start and Early Head Start Closings

Head Start and Early Head Start Taking Applications by Phone

Energy Assistance May Be Able to Help the Newly Unemployed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic