Friends of the Mission,
The Modesto Gospel Mission has been blessed to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic these last 3 months with zero positive test results. The Mission has strictly followed all CDC, state and local public health guidelines applicable to homeless shelters from the outset of the pandemic and has participated in weekly national and county-wide conference calls with the CDC, HUD, Stanislaus County, area hospitals and other local homeless service providers. Unfortunately, even with our proactive approach the reality of this pandemic’s spike in cases across the state has now hit our facility. In the last several days, we have had 9 confirmed cases among our men’s programs.
We are working closely with Stanislaus County Public Health officials to monitor the situation and determine the appropriate course of action. Our first steps include implementing an isolation/quarantine protocol. We have asked each guest to self-isolate at the Mission and we will attend to their needs as they arise. All non-essential employees are working from home in self-isolation. We have restricted access to the main building by new guests, volunteers, vendors, and community members who dine with us each day (but we have been cleared to distribute “to go” meals), and all Youth Center services are on hold. We have tested staff and all the men in our programs (results are pending), and we will continue these tests on a weekly basis until cleared by Stanislaus County Public Health. We are setting up a separate quarantine center in a stand-alone building to house any guests who test positive.
At this time, we will continue to care for all those that have been entrusted to the Mission’s care and help navigate each one through this situation. During these unprecedented times the staff and leadership at the Modesto Gospel Mission are committed to carrying out what God has always called this ministry to do and that is to provide a refuge for recovery and restoration through the power and the love of Jesus Christ. We are so grateful for each of you in this community that loves the Mission, and we need your prayers now more than ever. God bless you!
Jason Conway, Executive Director
New Life Program Graduate 2008