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City Mission continuously updates its Coronavirus mitigation plans to reflect the newest information possible from the CDC, state regulators, and our medical partners. With a laser focus on keeping everyone safe and by the Grace of God, City Mission has stayed Coronavirus-free up to this point.
On Monday, August 24, City Mission held their third annual Golf Outing, presented by Sunny Days In-Home Care, at Southpointe Golf Club in Canonsburg. 108 golfers teed up at the annual event, which benefits the life-changing programs and services at City Mission, a Christ-centered homeless and rehabilitative shelter providing housing and services for men, women, children, and veterans in need. “A heart felt thank you goes out to our event sponsors and all those who came out to support the City Mission during these challenging times,” said Dean Gartland, President/CEO of City Mission. “The Southpointe Golf Club staff along with the City Mission staff did a great job in making everyone feel safe which enabled everyone to enjoy a great day of golf”. Originally scheduled in May, City Mission moved the event to August. With fewer COVD-19 restrictions imposed on golfers, the move created a better and safer overall experience for participants, staff, and volunteers. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather, the gorgeous views of Canonsburg and the nearby rolling hills, and a wonderful day of golf.
“Single mothers are at a great risk,” said Leah Dietrich, the Director of Residential Programs at City Mission. “If they don’t have access to childcare, that can lead to missing work and losing a job, and without a financial safety net, it can lead to eviction and homelessness.” According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 41% of the homeless population is comprised of families, and 84% of these families are headed by single women – making women with the children the fastest-growing homeless population in the United States. On August 18, City Mission’s Women with Children Shelter celebrates two years of helping to restore homeless families to independence. In the past two years, the shelter, which is currently home to seven families, has served a total of 33 families, including 54 children. Nineteen of those families have moved out of the shelter and into independent housing. Eighteen mothers moved out with employment and 6 of them enrolled in college either during their stay or shortly after leaving the Mission.
For the fifth consecutive year, Northwood Charitable Foundation is hosting the Mission Possible 5K Run/1 Mile Walk, benefiting City Mission’s Crabtree Kovacicek Veterans House. Due to COVID-19 and for the safety of all participants,volunteers, and staff, the event will be held virtually this year. Runners can register at www.missionpossiblerun.org between now and August 8. Then, they simply map out their own 5K or 1-mile route anywhere they want and run any time between August 1-15. Runners are asked to wear red, white, and blue and post photos on social media, tagging City Mission and using #missionpossiblerun.
We have completely redesigned our website with you in mind - streamlining menus, simplifying navigation, and building a responsive layout across all platforms and browsers. We have also improved the structure and are increasing the volume of City Mission’s content.
Per the state’s regulations and our medical partners’ guidance, City Mission is updating its Coronavirus mitigation plans to reflect the “green phase”. All of our actions during this crisis are designed to keep everyone safe and will continue to follow safety measures like face masks and social distancing. City Mission leadership and blessings from God have kept our campus and residents Coronavirus-free up to this point.
City Mission thanks everyone for their support during these trying times. We are hopeful as Washington county shifts to the “yellow” phase of virus mitigation. We have updated our precautionary measures in accordance with the yellow phase and with the guidance from our medical professional community.
On Saturday, April 25, Scott Blasey, lead singer of local rock band, The Clarks, will be performing a Facebook Live concert to benefit City Mission. The live session will begin at 8pm on The Clarks Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theclarks. Blasey has been performing and recording live sessions from his basement for several weeks, with proceeds going to support local nonprofits. The live sessions attract thousands of viewers from all over the country.
The leadership team at City Mission meets daily to discuss the latest news in this ever-changing situation, but every passing day creates new questions, and answers are often difficult to come by. And every local non-profit and human service charity is certainly having a similar experience, with mounting questions and few answers.
City Mission is partnering with the Washington County Community Foundation and other generous donors to provide pre-packed, emergency food bags to those in need during these difficult times. City Mission Thrift Stores and other local sites will act as distribution centers, or “Pop-up Pantries,” to help reach those impacted by this crisis in Washington and the surrounding communities.
City Mission is taking precautions to protect our vulnerable population of residents and to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. This has been a very difficult decision, and we have consulted with Centerville Clinics, the Washington Hospital, and the County Health Department before taking the below actions. “We’ve been working on a plan for weeks,” said Brian Johansson, City Mission’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are being proactive and cautious.”
“Everyone should come to City Mission’s Sweet Sunday Dessert Festival, because it’s a wonderful, fun, exciting event, and something is happening every minute,” said Dr. Sally Mounts, City Mission’s Chief Development Officer. City Mission will host the 26th Annual Sweet Sunday event on February 23 from 12-5pm.