Peoria Rescue Ministries COVID-19 update. 9.21.20
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.
- 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.
- Barnabas Center - Building is currently closed to the public and counseling sessions are being handled via phone or video conferencing. We are relocating the Barnabas Counseling Center to its former location with plans to re-open to public appointments by late July
- Empower Life Center - Open Monday & Wednesday - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm and Thursday - 9:00 am - 6:30 pm, for pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STI testing and limited size pregnancy, parenting and Fatherhood classes. Appointment necessary. Tuesday - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Curbside Diaper and Clothing available = no appointment necessary. Covid-19 protocols are in place - limited number of people in facility, masks required, health screening and temperature taken prior to entrance, hand washing required upon entrance
- Warehouse and Thrift Store – Our Thrift Store is re-opened with store hours of Wednesday - Saturday, 9a to 4p. We are practicing CDC Retail Store guidelines for social distanced shopping.
- Bread Pick Up - We will still be accepting bread deliveries and pick up at our location, Monday - Friday, 8a to 4p.
- Donation Drop Off - We will accept donation drop offs to the warehouse location 1114 SW. Jefferson, Monday - Saturday, 9a to 4p. After hours drop off of clothing and non-breakable items can be left within the drop box at the warehouse location.
Please respect all health guidelines regarding the wearing of face masks and social distancing.
Ways to Help
Pray - For What Can We Pray?
- First, as always, is that God’s sovereign will be done.
- Wisdom to deal with all the issues related to the Pandemic within our ministry
- Protection for our guests, our caregivers.
- Mercy and healing for those afflicted with this virus
- Donate Funds – We have additional costs related to the staffing, sanitation and facility requirements related to Covid-19 and so you help is greatly appreciated. We also realize many of our supporters are dealing with financial impacts of this so your support as God enables is critical for PRM to continue to provide pathways out of poverty through Jesus with our neighbors in need.
- Donate Goods and Supplies
- Downtown Headquarters Entrance – 601 SW Adams St
- Esther House Main Entrance – 6847 N Allen Road
- We continue to need for the following items that you can spare:
- Hand Sanitizer
- Disinfectant Wipes
- See our Isolation Center needs list ion the donations section.
COVID-19 Needs List - During this time, we have taken a moment to post the most pressing donation needs we have for our ministry in terms of support goods. Anything you can donate would be tremendously helpful.
- Creamers and Sugar Packets
- Gatorade or any electrolyte drink
- Individual Yogurt Cups
- Individually wrapped Breakfast Bars
- Milk or Orange Juice individual cartons
- Peanut Butter
- Individual cups Mac and Cheese
- Lunch Meat
- Cheese Slices
- Condiment Packs
- Chips in individual bags
- Individual Cups of Fruit or Applesauce
- Individual Cups of Soup
- Individual Bags of cookies or Little Debbie Desserts
Sanitation & General Supplies
- N95 Masks
- Clorox Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Large, Small and Contractor grade Garbage bags
- Lysol Disinfectant
- Personal sizes of shampoo, soap, deodorant, shave gear
With the beginning of PHASE 3 Restore Illinois plan and continuing with Phase 4 we are once again welcoming our valued volunteers – we call them “NEIGHBORS” to join us in creating pathways out of poverty through Jesus.
- Volunteer Groups and Chapel – We welcome Volunteer Groups and will work to find a project and procedures to keep everyone safe through social distancing practices. Chapel services conducted by Churches are targeted to begin by early fall.