COVID-19 Ministry Updates

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Peoria Rescue Ministries COVID-19 update. 10.12.20

Public Update

As we all continue to be reminded during these days - we are certainly not in control and circumstances can change quickly.  That reality has drawn us even more to the truth, encouragement and comfort expressed in Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Over the past several weeks we have seen God at work upholding, strengthening and continuing to protect us through the pandemic.  Previous to September 18 none of our staff or residents had tested positive for Covid-19.  Over the past few weeks several residents at our Downtown Men’s facility and some of our staff tested positive.  Thankfully, most of those effected exhibited no or very mild symptoms and all were able to recover without medical assistance.  Our procedures of isolating infected guests, quarantining staff, restricting facility access during that period and our continued vigilance with social distancing and sanitizing has enabled us to contain and stop the spread at this time.  We continue to monitor and screen our guests and staff so that we can react quickly and contain the spread of the virus.  At this point we are re-opening our facility to volunteers and visitors and will continue to assess and make decisions to best ensure the safety and health of all involved, including our guests, staff and volunteers.   

We want to again say “thank you” for how you have 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.
 
Ongoing, with the state and region in Phase 4, we continue 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.
  • Masks are required by staff and guests when social distancing is not achievable.