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Exterior of the City Mission Chapel during the Coronavirus

City Mission is Taking Precautions to Protect Our Vulnerable Population of Residents and to Help Mitigate the Spread of the Coronavirus

Dear Friends,Thank you for your continued support of City Mission.  With all that is going on today, we need you now more than ever.  As a valued partner providing to those in need, we want to make sure we share the latest of what is being done, especially regarding the Coronavirus.  You may have seen in our recent communications, City Mission is taking precautions to protect our vulnerable population of residents and to help mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus.  We have consulted with Centerville Clinics, the Washington Hospital, and the County Health Department to create our plan with the most up-to-date information available.  Our plans continue to evolve as new information arises. "We've been working on a plan for weeks," said Brian Johansson, City Mission's Chief Operating Officer.  "We are being proactive and cautious.  "As of Saturday, March 14th, 2020, City Mission’s plan for operations in the next 30 days or until it becomes appropriate to modify:  

‍Volunteers Programs paused:

‍Community Programs on main campus paused:

  • Chapel services
  • Group meetings such as AA and NA
  • Career training services
  • Campus Tours

Community Services modified for mitigation:

  • Samaritan Care Center Food Pantry: Prepacked food bags will be offered at the door of the center (84 West Wheeling St.) on Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm
  • ***NEW SERVICE: With a financial grant from WCCF, our Washington, Monongahela, and Canonsburg Thrift Stores are offering “Pop-up Pantries” passing out prepacked food bags to help families impacted. See our website for days and times
  • Meal Services: A boxed lunch and dinner will be handed out to our community members in need.  These meals will be given out at the door of 58 West Strawberry Lane MON-FRI 12:30pm and 5pm, SAT-SUN 4pm
  • New Resident Intakes: We are unable to accept new residents due as our facility is at capacity and we also the need to protect our residents from possible exposure to the Coronavirus

All services on City Mission's main campus for its current residents will continue.

  • Meals, Shelter, Medical Care, and Case Management services remain unchanged on City Mission’s campus.
  • Residents' travel: Residents will be required, for non-essential travel, to stay in the City of Washington during the 30-day time period to avoid potential exposure to the virus and keep all residents safe.
  • Any resident, showing signs of the virus or believes they may have been in contact with someone suspected of having the virus, do have access to testing at Centerville Clinics and plans are in place to contain tested and infected individuals.

"We are prepared and constantly monitoring as new information comes in.  We appreciate your understanding as we take these precautions to protect not only our residents, but also the entire community during this difficult time”, explained City Mission's President/CEO, Dean Gartland.  You CAN Help!Donations: We need your support now more than ever to continue to care of our vulnerable population.  Any donations you believe will help during this time are greatly appreciated.

  • Mail donations to 84 W Wheeling St, Washington
  • Online donations ACCEPTED

Drop off Locations:

  • City Mission’s warehouse, 1000 Sheffield St, Washington Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm
  • Our seven thrift stores donation boxes outside store, see our website for LOCATIONS.  Note: Stores are available for the “Pop-up Pantries” and donation drop-off,  but closed for shopping due to statewide directives
  • Friday from 4pm to 8pam, Saturdays and Sunday 8am – 8 pm City Mission donation truck parked in lot of main campus, 84 W Wheeling St
  • Larger donations, such as furniture, can be scheduled for pick up by calling 724-222-8530

Prayer: Please join us in prayer for the residents of City Mission and our surrounding communities. With all we do, it starts with God’s word.  For these times one verse He gives us is:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4: 6-7  

Together in prayer and following His word, we will get through this!

Thank you again for your continued support and compassion for the work of City Mission.  Your steadfast support makes a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless.  Please note again that this plan can change as new information arises.  We will provide any updates as soon as possible on our social media and website.  God Bless and Thank you!

March 19, 2020
Susan Gartland - Social Media Manager
Sue Gartland
Social Media Manager
Sue has a vast career in gospel rescue missions adding great value to the City Mission team. Sue has been in many roles in the mission and is always filling in where she is needed - which is A LOT!
sgartland@citymission.org

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