- Increased frequency and rigor of cleaning and sanitation
- Increased hand sanitizing stations
- Display of signage on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Enhancement of our in-take procedure that will increase our staff’s assessment of a potential guest’s health and any potential risk factors
- For the safety of our volunteers and to be in compliance with government orders to limit the number of individuals in a public gathering, volunteer service has been temporarily suspended effective immediately until April 13th. Please check your email and follow us on social media for up to date information
- All nonessential Mission operations have been temporarily suspended until further notice. This includes the Mission Thrift Store and Donation Pickups. Essential services such as feeding and shelter our guests will continue.
- To encourage our community to shelter in place as declared by Governor Edwards and to limit our exposure risk, the Mission will not accept any nonessential donation. The Mission has been blessed with enough clothing and basic need items to meet our guests needs for the weeks to come. Only essential, hard to come by supplies will be accepted such as toilet paper, paper towels, and hand sanitizer.
- Staff with any of the symptoms, fever and cough, flu like symptoms is asked to stay home
In addition, to help our most vulnerable neighbors and to keep the guests currently residing at the Mission safe, we have adjusted our intake procedure.
The following measures have been put in place regarding the Mission’s Intake Procedure:
- Intake hours have moved from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We want to make sure that we give everyone in need the opportunity to get off the street and into safe shelter.
- We are asking more questions during our intake screening. We want to know where someone has travelled, if they have any underlying health issues, and more.
- Our staff is checking all guests temperatures at the door. Temperature checks are done on a guest upon entering the Mission and will continued to be checked as they go in and out of the building throughout their stay at the Mission.
- Once a guest is a part of the Mission’s program, we are asking everyone to follow CDC guidelines of social distancing and stay in house. We ask only those who work and those who have appointments that they must attend to come and out from the Mission.
- Quarantine rooms and protocol have been put in place should any guest at the Mission display symptoms of COVID-19. If guests display common symptoms of COVID-19, the Mission will work to get those individuals transported to the appropriate healthcare facility.
The Mission is following CDC recommendations and guidelines. We are doing our part to make sure that we keep our guests and community safe. We have been asked if we are going to be remain open due to the Governor’s Edwards recent proclamation limiting gathering to 50 or fewer people. We want to assure everyone that the Mission is considered an essential service just as a hospital and nursing home would be; therefore, we are allowed to remain open. If you see someone in need of help, please direct them to the Mission. We are here to help our neighbors and our community during this difficult time.
- Continue to pray for the Mission’s guests, staff and families
- Check social media often to stay up to date on our current immediate needs
- Share our updates on social media so we can spread our needs to the community at large
- Give a financial gift to help continue the work of our Life Recovery Program. We’re concerned with the fluctuation in the market and economic fears that donations may take a dive, just when we need them the most. Your gift will ensure that no needs of our guests and our cities go unmet