COVID 19 Precautions and Policies at Stillpoint Mission
During this time of a pandemic, we all want certainty in our lives as far as possible. We want to be able to know the threats we face from this horrible virus so we can plan our days, at least to some extent. We think it is helpful for our wonderful volunteers, clients and supporters to know how the Board sees, at this point in time, the near-future operations of Stillpoint.
- We must take all reasonable actions to protect the health and well-being of our volunteers and clients. If the virus infiltrates Stillpoint, we will have to shut down until it is safe to re-open.
- As long as we avoid the virus, with the Good Lord’s help, we need to continue to provide the Stillpoint services we can supply in a safe environment. To date we have done so under these circumstances:
- We have reduced our distribution days to one — Friday.
- We have ceased providing clothing, household items, toys and children’s books and have stopped accepting any of these items. The only exception is we do provide a very limited supply of clothing for the homeless on a case-by-case basis.
- For the services we continue to provide, we have closed the building to all clients and serve them through windows with volunteers remaining inside the building; thus providing some distance protection.
- The services we continue to provide are food, diapers/personal hygiene items and financial assistance. Moreover, due to God’s beneficence, we have been able to significantly increase the quantity of items in each service category.
- Thus, we have more than doubled the amount of food for each client;
- we have upped the number of diapers for each mom to the average number needed for a baby based on size of diaper. E.g., moms of newborns receive 70 diapers; moms needing size 5’s receive 30 and so forth.
- Finally, we have increased our financial assistance for utility bills from $35 to $45 ($50 for vets) once every 3 months.
- We require every volunteer and everyone visiting the Mission to wear a mask at all times (including while waiting to be served in the parking lot).
- Clients are directed to social distance at 6 feet apart while in lines.
- We currently plan to fully re-open when there is a vaccine or effective therapeutic treatments available in suitable quantity to reduce the risk of the virus to our volunteers and clients to a very low level or none.