COVID-19 Response Statement as of 6/15/2020
The challenges for those who are homeless or those living in severe poverty are complex. They often find it difficult to access information or understand how to self-quarantine when needed. They may also struggle to access water and soap for hand washing and other personal hygiene needs. The Mission’s continued services to the homeless and impoverished will help to prevent even more desperation already being experienced by many across our community and provide for them a safe place to gain restoration and stability for life
On June 2, Swope Health administered on-site COVID-19 tests to all of our long-term program residents. Testing was provided at no cost to the Mission as part of Swope Health’s efforts to keep our community healthy and reduce the spread of the virus. All 94 guests in their long-term programs tested negative for the coronavirus. This doesn’t mean that we are in any way letting our guard down or easing our practices in place to prevent the spread of the virus. The Mission will continue to follow the preventative actions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent the spread of the virus.
All men coming to our facility through Prison Release are tested by DOC prior to release. Likewise, the Mission screens them upon arrival at our Christian Life Center.
In addition to the Mission’s daily routine cleaning protocols, our residents and staff have been thoroughly washing hands, avoiding touching eyes and face, social distancing, wearing face coverings and sanitizing high-touch areas frequently. The Mission has also limited non-essential visits and adjusted their services and outreach ministries to minimize the risk of exposure.
City Union Mission has made the decision to close Camp CUMCITO to the public this summer to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Camp CUMCITO summer camping programs will remain open for kids staying at the Mission. Additionally, camp will take place mainly on the Mission campus this summer instead of at their Warsaw location in the Missouri Ozarks. It is only under the most extreme conditions that we would close camp and we feel like the state of our current pandemic warrants the closure for the safety and health of our campers, their families, our staff and volunteers.
The only group volunteer opportunities available will be for outdoor projects. The only individual volunteer opportunities available are for Chapel Speakers, CLP Mentors, Learning Center and at City Thrift. We are currently not allowing ‘Bring & Serve’ or ‘Share-a-Meal’ volunteer opportunities. The only meals accepted are delivered and dropped off by Licensed Food Professionals. This will be on a week-to-week basis until the order is given to lift restrictions. All volunteers will be notified when normal volunteering can resume.
Currently, we are still accepting donations at our material warehouse located at 1700 E 8th Street Kansas City, MO, 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday. You can find a list of our most-needed items at the bottom of our homepage.
Our City Thrift Store drivers are not picking up donations from private homes. Our Shawnee, Antioch and Waldo City Thrift Stores are open for shopping and operating with normal business hours. Our Lexington location is still currently closed.
The Mission’s Community Assistance services department is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm. These days and hours are only temporary at this time. Daily limits of clients, social distancing and other precautions will be practiced.
As always, we greatly appreciate your continued support and prayers. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email or call. Our general email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and our phone number is (816) 474-9380, ext. 1420. You can also follow us on Facebook for additional information as it becomes available.