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.
Love bigger than hunger
Thousands of COS neighbors have found themselves unexpectedly stretched thin. They’ve lost their jobs and are suddenly dealing with the reality of struggling to put food on the table for their hungry families.
In response to this felt need, we’ll be opening a drive-thru food pantry that will open May 29th and be open every Friday in June. Those who are in need will receive a box of grocery staples such as bread, vegetables, and other necessary items to keep their families well-fed,
We’re always thankful for how you love bigger, and we’ve been blessed to see how you’re loving bigger to help those who need it most. Please consider donating some of the items listed below to help feed the community.
If you’re in need, please come to 111 W. Las Vegas Street on Fridays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm to receive your food.
Cans of soup
Meals (ravioli, chili, etc.)
Show your community spirit
Lately, we’ve seen a worldwide trend of people decorating their windows with hearts. It’s a way for communities to join together in unity at this time. Because you’re a beacon of hope to our neighbors in need — and to your own neighborhood — we’re inviting you to help us bring that trend to Colorado Springs.
Please consider downloading and coloring these hearts to display in your window. With this simple gesture, we can show our neighbors love and support; show them our city is strong; show them we’re praying for them; and let them know we’re all in this together.
How you can help
Get the whole family involved
Teach your kids how to love their neighbors in a crisis! Below are instructional videos on how to make essential items, plus coloring pages with thought-provoking questions. Get the whole family involved in serving others with these resources.
The Mission is in immediate need of the following necessities:
Shampoo (travel size is preferred but we will accept larger ones)
New underwear (men’s and women’s)
Disposable cups (8 oz or smaller)
The above items can be dropped off at 111 W. Las Vegas Street during the hours of 9:00am – 3:00pm, Monday through Friday.
During this time, Springs Rescue Mission needs your help more than ever. Please consider a financial donation today to help ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our neighbors in need.
- Entry shelter
- Men’s shelter
- Women’s shelter
- Resource Center
- New Life Program
- Samaritan’s Kitchen
- Supportive Family Services pantry
- Supportive Family Services donations dock (Only COVID-19 response donations will be received at 111 W Las Vegas Street from 9:00am – 3:00pm Monday through Friday)
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.
These measures will be reevaluated on March 31.
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.