From the Executive Director

Update for COVID-19 protocols, October 12, 2020

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.


  • 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 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.

Community Ministries Facilities

  • Barnabas Center – The new building for Barnabas Counseling Center is now open to public appointments.  All precautions are being taken to keep clients safe – masks are required.  For more information on in-person visits please call 309-688-9282
  • Empower Life Center – The Empower Life Center is open with restricted services.  For more information on services available and procedures please call 309-688-0202
  • 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 - Friday, 8a 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


  • 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. 
  • 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 in the donations section below.


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.   

  • Individual Volunteers – We ask all our individual volunteers to assess their medical vulnerability in considering either re-joining or joining our volunteer team.  See our Volunteer page on our website or contact Lori Skinner at  1-(309)-208-8421 or e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • 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.


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.


  • Coffee

  • Creamers and Sugar Packets

  • Gatorade or any electrolyte drink

  • Individual Yogurt Cups

  • Individually wrapped Breakfast Bars

  • Milk or Orange Juice individual cartons

  • Bread

  • Peanut Butter

  • Jelly

  • Individual cups Mac and Cheese

  • Crackers in individual 2-packs

  • 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 and General Supplies

  • Clorox Wipes

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Large, Small and Contractor grade Garbage bags

  • Lysol Disinfectant

  • Personal sizes of Shampoo, Soap, Deodorant, shave gear

  • Bleach

  • Kleenex

*Please note: These donations fall under the CARES act, and have specific donor benefits for your income taxes. Please consult a tax professional with any questions.