March 24, 2020 (St. Louis) – Legal Services of Eastern Missouri issued a statement today from Dan Glazer, Legal Services Executive Director and General Counsel, about guidelines the organization will use for its business operations and how clients will continue to be served during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Legal Services statement is provided below:
We want the community to know that Legal Services of Eastern Missouri remains dedicated to helping individuals and families during this COVID-19 crisis.
Individuals who need our assistance can continue to call our toll-free number from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The online application for help is available anytime (24/7) at www.lsem.org/get-help-now/. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept walk-in requests for assistance at this time due to COVID-19 safety concerns.
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s Toll-Free Number – 800.444.0514
NOTE: This is the intake number for all 21 counties in our service area.
Legal Services is still “doing business” by having nearly all our staff work remotely. They can be reached by their usual office email or telephone. Each office will respond to clients who call regarding their hearings, appointments, and to inquiries from our community partners.
In keeping with health guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, all the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s offices will not hold any scheduled in-person meetings until further notice.
We know our clients and our communities are being profoundly and adversely affected by this crisis. We are closely monitoring events as they develop and will continue to advocate for clients and communities to ensure they receive critical benefits and protection throughout this health emergency.
We will continue to provide ACTION. JUSTICE. HOPE. to those we serve during this unprecedented time, just as we have throughout our 64-year history. As always, we thank you for your support and appreciate your commitment to our work on behalf of those in need.
About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 64 years. In 2019, 30,000 people in 21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.