COVID-19

IDMR Communications

All official communications and information from IDMR International Headquarters regarding the operation of IDMR Branch Schools as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic will be posted on this Internet website and on the Intranet website or distributed otherwise on behalf of International Headquarters.

IMPORTANT –  IDMR SELF-CHECK COVID-19 SCREENING AND INFECTION GUIDELINES (Released March 1, 2022)  

Please review the following IDMR Screening and Infection Guidelines from International Headquarters and make them available to the members of your local branch school:  IDMR MASTER GUIDELINES SCREENING 2-28-22.  This document supersedes the previous policies.

IDMR COVID-19 GUIDELINES FROM INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS 

The following guidelines contain recommendations regarding COVID-19 protocols for IDMR Branch Schools from International Headquarters:  IDMR_Branch_Facilities_Guidelines 10-21-2021.

IDMR TRAVEL, SCHEDULE CHANGES AND VISITATION RESTRICTIONS  

International Headquarters is asking all members to follow local and state government guidelines regarding travel, and to be considerate of branch schools that are impacted by restrictions due to COVID-19, and/or other disasters.  Also, please refer to the IDMR Screening and Infection Guidelines (Released March 1, 2022):  IDMR MASTER GUIDELINES SCREENING 2-28-22

Prior to making plans to visit ANY IDMR Branch School, please check the Branch Schedule Updates to ensure that class is being held and to ensure there are no visitation restrictions.  Also, please contact the branch directly in advance to make them aware of your plans to visit, to verify the current class schedule and to obtain any COVID-19 related protocols.  Some branches are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions and many branches are unable to accommodate visitors at this time due to social distancing requirements.  Please see the list of Branch Schedule Updates here

See updates and frequently asked questions by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Coronavirus and Travel in
the United States: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html.

CLASS SCHEDULE SUSPENSIONS  

If your branch school has suspended classes due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, please send an email to the International Superintendent: super@idmr.net.  Also, please post your schedule changes on the IWBA.

Please continue to check this site and the IWBA on a regular basis.  All official communications for IDMR Branch Schools regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic will be posted on this site and the IWBA. For questions or concerns, please send an email to international@idmr.net.  Thank you.

IDMR COVID-19 DIRECTORY OF RESOURCES

International Headquarters has compiled a directory that lists Coronavirus resources for every state that has IDMR Branch Schools.  Please click on the following link to view or download the directory: IDMR COVID-19 DIRECTORY.pdf.  
 

Federal – CDC / FEMA / GOV

Get free at-home COVID-19 tests
Residential households in the U.S. are now eligible for another order of free at-home tests on USPS.com: https://special.usps.com/testkits. (Released May 17, 2022)

Beginning Wednesday, January 19, 2022, every home in the U.S. can order free rapid COVID-19 test kits through the government at the following website:  https://www.covidtests.gov/. A total of four test kits can be ordered per household.

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
FEMA will begin accepting applications for Funeral Assistance on Monday, April 12, 2021 through their dedicated call center. More information will be available on their page: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check eligibility and how to apply: https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

Safe, free, and effective COVID-19 vaccines are now available to everyone age 12 and up. Let’s end this pandemic: Find a COVID-19 Vaccine:

Search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you in the U.S.

FDA Updates on Hand Sanitizers with Methanol Warns Consumers of Contamination: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol#productsU.S. Department of Labor publishes guidance on federal pandemic unemployment compensation. The $600 weekly unemployment compensation boost, extra from state unemployment benefits: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20200404.

The CARES Act signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020, gives states the option of extending unemployment compensation to independent contractors and other workers who are ordinarily ineligible for unemployment benefits. Here’s how to apply: https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus/unemployment-insurance#how-do-i-apply

Health and Safety

INTERNATIONAL BEREAVEMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dr. Allean Paschal Jackson, a longtime member of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed peacefully without pain on Thursday, January 20, 2022.  She was 98 years old.  She was the beloved wife of Dr. Roger Jackson, who passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2010.  The Virtual Celebration of Life Service for Dr. Allean Jackson will be available for distribution by IDMR Branch Schools via Hightail beginning Saturday, April 16, 2022.

Dr. Jacquelyn Rountree Mixon, the Dean of the State of Florida and the IDMR Orlando Florida Branch, passed away on March 11, 2022, at 12:41 pm EST.  She was a longtime member of the IDMR and the wife of Dr. Edward Mixon.  Expressions of sympathy can be sent to 920 Windgrove Trail, Maitland, Florida 32751.  The Celebration of Life will be livestreamed. Please view the obituary for details:  Jacquelyn Rountree Mixon(September 20, 1938- March 11, 2022) – Golden’s Funeral Home (funeralhomeorlando.net).    

Dr. Fred Allen, Jr., Trustee and Dean of the IDMR Albuquerque New Mexico Branch, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022. There will be no Memorial Service.  Cards and condolences may be sent to his wife, Dr. Beverly Allen, 5110 Baneberry Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113.      

Dr. Oliver Gill, Trustee, Ohio State Dean and Dean of the IDMR Springfield Ohio Branch, passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Dr. Oliver E. Gill Obituary – Visitation & Funeral Information: https://www.kinleymemorialservices.com/obituaries/obituary-listings?obId=21843746

Virtual Celebration of Life Service for Dr. Marion Harris

Dr. Marion Harris, Trustee and retired International Secretary, passed away peacefully at home with family without pain at about 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 9, 2021.  Dr. Marion Harris was the beloved wife of Dr. Robert Harris, International Dean and Vice-President. The Virtual Celebration of Life Service for Dr. Marion Harris is available for distribution by IDMR Branch Schools via Hightail.

OBITUARIES

Dr. Alvin Brunson Jr. , a member of the Los Angeles Branch and the Banning Branch,  passed away on Friday, May 13, 2022, in Victorville, CA. Expressions of condolence may be sent to his wife, Dr. Ulliania Brunson at 13581 Silversand Street, Victorville, CA 92394.  Her contact telephone number is (760) 561-3247.        

Dr. Juanita Dudley, a longtime member of the IDMR Spring Texas Branch, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2022.  She was 90 years old. A Celebration
of Life Service for Dr. Juanita Dudley
 will be held later this month. A video should be available for distribution by IDMR Branch Schools when services are finalized.  This information will be updated as soon as services are finalized.  Cards and condolences can be sent to her daughter, Dana Jackson, and granddaughter, Juanita Jackson, at: 12420 Sawmill Road, #88; Spring, TX.  77380.


Dr. Clarence Horton, member of the IDMR Stone Mountain Georgia Branch (former member of the Columbia Maryland and New Orleans Louisiana Branches), took off the flesh on Saturday, April 9, 2022. He is the father of Dr. Sheilia Horton-Carter and grandfather of Dr. Terri T. Carter of the Columbus Ohio Branch. Cards and condolences may be sent to Dr. Sheilia Horton-Carter at 1322 Stone Ridge Drive, Apt. C, Columbus, OH 43213.  A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 10:00 am, at the IDMR Atlanta Branch, The Crossroads Shopping Center, 2807 Lakewood Avenue, S.W., Suite B19, Atlanta, Georgia 30325.  A Memorial Service will also be held in Alabama on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 11:30 am, at Little Ezekiel Missionary Baptist Church, 16439 Lindsay Road, Tanner, Alabama 35671.

Dr. Nancy Robinson, a longtime member IDMR Elmira New York Branch, passed away on Friday, March 25, 2022. She was the wife of the late Dr. Robert Robinson who passed in 2012, mother of Drs. Jennifer Everts & Patti Cole, grandmother of Dr. Erin Reed and great grandmother of Drs. Sara & Lauren Reed all of the Elmira Branch. Cards of condolences may be sent to Erin Reed on behalf of the family at 929 Snedekerville Road, Columbia Crossroads, PA 16914. View Obituary and memorial page: https://www.olthof.com/obituaries/Nancy-Robinson-18/

Dr. Elsie Cola, member of the Raleigh Branch and mother of Dr. Cassandra Cola passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. No memorial service will be held. Cards and Condolences can be sent to Cassandra Cola, 3525 Singleleaf Lane, Raleigh, NC 27616. 

Condolences to Drs. Leola Wilson (mom) of the New Orleans Westbank Branch, Jaquet Hill (sister) and Clarence Hill (brother-in-law) on the passing of Dr. Carl Keeler on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

Condolences to Dr. Mary Leggett of the New Orleans Westbank Branch on the passing of her sister Ms. Dorothy Williams on Saturday, March 12, 2022.

Mrs. Ella Rita Landreaux passed away on March 10, 2022.  She was the sister of Dr. Gerard Baptiste, Sr. of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, Dr. Antonia Baptiste of the IDMR Austin Texas Branch and Dr. Harold Baptiste, Sr. of the IDMR Austin Texas Branch.  A public viewing and funeral service will be held on Friday, April 1, 2022, at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 W. Slauson Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230.  The viewing will be held from 1 pm to 2:15 pm and the service will be held from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm.  Cards and condolences may be sent to the family in care of Dr. Gerard Baptiste, Sr., 764 Armstead Street, Glendora, CA  91740. 

Ms. Shirley Hawkins Sansbury, Mother of Dr. Vanessa Hawkins of the Prince George’s County, MD. Branch, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2022. The Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, March 31st, at Stewart Funeral Home, 4001 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC  20019.  The viewing is at 10:00 am and the service will begin at 11:00 am.  Cards and condolences may be mailed to: Vanessa Hawkins 80 New York Avenue, NW., APT #102, Washington, DC 20001. 

Condolences to Dr. Francis Baxter of the New Orleans Westbank Branch on the passing of her brother Mr. Elliot Small on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

Condolences to Dr. Eddie Shaw of the New Orleans Westbank Branch on the passing of his sister Ms. Loretta Henderson on Friday, February 25, 2022.

Our condolences to the Dean of the New Orleans Westbank Branch, Dr. Sheryl Sonia, on the passing of her mother, Ms. Georgiana Brunet, who departed the flesh on February 9, 2022, at the age of 97.  Condolences may be sent to:  3840 Eastview Drive, Harvey, LA 70058.  Services will be held Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at All Saints Catholic Church, 1441 Teche Street, New Orleans, LA 70114, with Visitation at 8am and the Service at 11am.

Condolences to Dr. Janner Wilson of the New Orleans Westbank Branch on the passing of her mother Mrs. Vernese Williams on Monday, February 7, 2022. 

Mrs. Mary Ellen Hobbs, mother of Dr. Tonya Hobbs of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed away Monday, January 24, 2022, in Ontario, CA.  The family will host a private memorial service.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to Dr. Tonya Hobbs, 1734 Palmetto Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762.  Her phone number is 909 702-8365.  

Dr. Lawrence Hargray, longtime member of the IDMR Hayward/Berkeley Branch recently passed away. His wife is Mrs. Beulah Hargray. A service will be held on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 11:00 AM at Fouche’s Hudson Funeral Home, 3665 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Dr. Flora Mahone, longtime member of the IDMR Kansas City Missouri Branch passed away on Monday January 17, 2022. She was the mother of Dr. Asie Mahone and Dr. Effie Mahone, both of the Los Angeles Branch, and Dr. Leslie Mahone-Conner of the Kansas City Branch. There will be no memorial service. Cards and condolences for the family can be sent to Dr. Leslie Mahone-Conner, 10340 Sloan Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas 66109.

Deacon George H. Donlow, father of Dr. Shieekka Edwards of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 29th, 2022 @ 11AM at the Church of Living God, 101 W. Elm Street, Alton, IL 62002. Flowers can be sent to the Church of Living God. Cards and Condolences can be sent to his daughter Shieekka Edwards, 13951 Bessemer Street, Van Nuys, CA. 91401. 

Condolences to Dr. Jaime Givens of the New Orleans Westbank Branch on the passing of her husband Dr. James Givens on Saturday, January 15, 2022.        

Dr. Don Dorner, member of the IDMR Orlando/Apopka, Florida Branch and Vice President of the State of Florida, passed away on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 4:00 am.  He was a long-standing member of IDMR for over 50 years, and was taught by our Founder and Dean, Dr. Henry C. Kinley.  Additional details regarding a memorial service are forthcoming.

Condolences to Dr. O’Neil Vappie of the New Orleans Westbank Branch on the passing of his brother Mr. Klien “Chinee” Vappie on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. 

Dr. Marian Douglas, a longtime member of the IDMR Savannah Georgia Branch for over 30 years, took off the flesh on Monday, January 10th, 2022, after a long bout with cancer. A memorial service is being planned for February.

Dr. Roderick Channer, Dean of IDMR Hamilton Ontario, Canada passed away after a long period of illness on Sunday, January 9, 2022. Dr. Channer was the brother of Dr. Freda Grundy of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch and Drs. Everett Stewart and Audrey Channer of the IDMR Toronto, Canada Branch. Cards and condolences may be sent to the family in care of Delicia Channer 219 Bankside Drive Kitchener ON, Canada N2N 3EF.

Dr. Ella Kathryn Polk, a longtime member of the Houston Branch has passed away. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 8, at Height Funeral Home, 7518 N. Main Street at 2:00 pm. Flowers and expressions of sympathy, contact the Funeral Director, Eric Wilson, at 713-864-2609.

Mrs. Catherine Raymond, mother of Dr. Earl Raymond – Superintendent of the Shreveport, LA Branch, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022, in New Orleans, LA. The family will hold a memorial service on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2022 Saint Bernard Avenue, New Orleans, LA. Arrangements are coordinated by The Boyd Family Funeral Home https://www.anewtraditionbegins.com/. Cards and expressions of condolence may be sent to Earl Raymond at 9472 Hemlock Circle, Shreveport, LA 71118.