COVID-19 Updates at Springs Rescue Mission
Homeless men and women are particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, and we are actively educating and encouraging individuals to do all they can to avoid infection. We are taking necessary steps to protect those seeking shelter, food and other resources.
Many of the guidelines created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding COVID-19 are already daily protocol at Springs Rescue Mission. Our staff and members of Work Engagement clean and disinfect the facilities three times each day. All guests and clients are given access to showers (with soap and shampoo), laundry facilities and antibacterial hand sanitizer. If any individual has symptoms or other health concerns, our staff helps them seek appropriate medical care.
Update: After nine months working around the clock to keep the homeless men and women of Colorado Springs safe and healthy from the COVID-19 pandemic, Springs Rescue Mission has now experienced its first confirmed outbreak of the virus. For more information, please refer to the press release or blog.
Our Most-Needed Items
As we continue to serve the most vulnerable in the Colorado Springs community, there are a few items we are constantly in need of due to the pandemic. If you wish to donate any of these items, they can be dropped off at 1109 S. Tejon Street from 10:00am – 4:00pm Monday through Thursday. You can also make a monetary donation below.
- Face masks (5000)
- Hand sanitizer (100 gallons)
- Nitrile gloves (20 boxes of each size)
- Lysol, Clorox, or similar antibacterial wipes (50 containers)
Safety Protocols at Springs Rescue Mission
Since the virus was found to be present in Colorado, Springs Rescue Mission has done its best to respond diligently. Existing health and safety protocols have been bolstered, and new guidelines from the CDC (which include specific guidance for U.S. homeless shelters) have been implemented. Those changes include:
- adding hand sanitizer/hand wipe stations at all entry points to all facilities;
- increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting;
- encouraging “social distancing” and covered coughing/sneezing;
- encouraging individuals to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth;
- implementing head-to-toe sleeping strategies in all facilities;
- posting signage related to and encouraging best practices in cleanliness and safety;
- requiring all staff, guests and clients to wash and sanitize hands upon entry; and
- developing strategies for quarantining guests, should the need arise.
Additionally, any and all guests presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be referred to seek medical treatment and testing. If test results are positive for the virus, the individual[s] will then be referred to the El Paso County Health Department.
At the recommendation of the City of Colorado Springs and local health agencies, Springs Rescue Mission has announced additional precautionary measures, effective immediately:
- All group gatherings and events (on or off campus) have been postponed;
- Our donations warehouse / receiving facility is now closed (see bottom of post for exceptions);
- Non-essential staff and volunteers are to work remotely and not report to campus;
- Essential staff who present symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be asked to stay home and seek appropriate medical treatment; and
- All emergency services (shelters, feeding and Resource Center) will continue to be provided, while non-emergency programs will be postponed until further notice.
Although Springs Rescue Mission is taking steps to reduce the likelihood of infection among this community’s most vulnerable men and women, our service to them will not be interrupted.
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