COVID-19 Ministry Updates

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Peoria Rescue Ministries COVID-19 update. 9.21.20

Public Update

A Word of Thanks: The first thing we wish to do is to tell you thank you for all you have done to come alongside Peoria Rescue Ministries at this time. We cannot adequately express our deep love for the faithful prayer, compassion and giving that you, our supporters and partners in ministry, have shown to us. The men, women and children in our care wish for you to know how grateful we are for you. Through it all we continue to trust in our wise and gracious God who is our protector and provider. “The Lord is my protector; he is my strong fortress. My God is my protection, and with him I am safe. He protects me like a shield; he defends me and keeps me safe” – Psalm 18:2.

As of September 20, 2020, 4 residents of our Men’s Downtown Facility tested positive and now are in isolation – our first known cases of COVID-19.  While we have been grateful for God’s gracious provision of no cases up to now we continue to be grateful for His provision now as we deal directly with those who have contracted the virus.  All the men are experiencing mild to no symptoms but would you pause and pray for their health and that they will continue with little effect and recover quickly.  Per our preparedness mentioned below we were ready for this potential and are following local Health Provider recommendations in conjunction with CDC guidelines to care for these individuals and continue to fight the spread of the virus throughout all of our ministry facilities.  Please see our below policies and procedures and the update to our Men’s Downtown facility volunteer and visitor policy.

Phase 4: As the state has moved into Phase 4, we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 spread carefully statewide, and in our community. We have no plans to curtail our ministry efforts, but we do exercise the necessary precautions as we serve the emergency, renewal, and community needs that our ministry outreach addresses. Beyond all prescribed sanitation, separation and social distancing practices we have implemented the following at our ministry facilities.

Residential Facilities

  • We have created Isolation Centers and procedures within our Men’s and Women’s facilities and are prepared to care for non-acute cases of COVID-19, should the need arise. We have been blessed thus far with no cases, but we remain ever vigilant so that we may care for anyone affected by the virus but not requiring hospitalization.
  • We screen guests daily and monitor their health closely, as set forth in guidelines developed with our OSF St. Francis ministry partner, Peoria Health Department officials and CDC Guidelines. 
  • Staff and guests are practicing social distancing and minimizing large group (more than 50) gatherings.  Activities, classes, chapel services and mealtimes have been adjusted accordingly.