COVID-19 Current Updates

March 16, 2020

To our Faithful Supporters!

Hello from Union Rescue Mission-Wichita (URM).  Today is a day of planning and preparation for what we know amid the COVID-19 situation. This is certainly a time of uncertainty for all of us, COVID-19 has no distinction on resources, health and societal status.

So here is what URM is doing for our guests and program men.  We continue to leave our doors open for overnight guests.  We pray that God will show us if we need to do something alternatively.  We have a screening procedure that is completed, but that in no way is a guarantee! We are continuing our food box ministry but modifying how we do it.  Additionally, our diaper/formula program will continue as well.

We are sensitive to the needs of those in our community that need assistance with shelter, food and other goods.  We are also sensitive to the needs of others in the service community that may have need for resources.  In short, we want to be a help in the flow of goods to our community, but not in such away that we stop other programs from functioning.

With that in mind please consider:

  1. The Mission is suspending, until April 6th, all non-food donations such as clothing and furniture. Any food donations that are made need to be arranged with mission staff.
  2. URM takes men currently as overnight guests. They will be screened for indications of sickness and referred to appropriate medical treatment if not allowed to stay in our shelter.
  3. We need prayer. Those experiencing homelessness are more vulnerable in this type of situation, not only from disease, but giving can decrease.
  4. We are limiting our volunteer’s working at the URM. We do not want to compromise anyone from guests to volunteers.  So, with thoughtful management, we have decided to limit exposure.  Any programs that meet in our community rooms will not meet until we are given some assurance that it won’t compromise anyone’s health.
  5. Pray for a revival of Biblical proportions! God is in control of all of this, resources, health and every person.  We trust that his Kingdom will be furthered considering this.

If you are interested in donating, you can easily drop it off at our warehouse, located at the corner of 27thand Hillside.  We will have staff on hand from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. They will gladly unload donations to minimize contact points, that includes any type of donation you wish to make.

Finally, for many this is an uncertain time.  If you need additional prayer, we would love to pray with you.  Send us your requests via phone at 316-687-4673 or email us at contact@urmwichita.org.

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