What is the Jesus Center doing?
Since news of the outbreak, our team has been working to study, learn, and adjust our practices at the Jesus Center and to work with our community to insure we all have the support we need to help one another and the most vulnerable among us.
Here are some of the adjustments we’ve made
at the Jesus Center in response to COVID-19:
- We’ve added two hand washing stations.
- We have rounded up gloves, sanitation wipes, and other supplies to ensure our facility and our staff are safe and healthy.
- For our clothing distribution, we are using a “concierge style” where seek specific clothing items upon request rather than offering a store for distribution.
- Our Resource Center has installed a video conferencing tool that allows people to access staff for questions from our front porch!
- At Sabbath House, our emergency shelter for women and children, we are staggering beds and laying out furniture differently to support social distancing. In response to Governor Newsom’s shelter-in-place order, we have converted the dining room to a space for Sabbath House guests to use during the day.
- Our breakfast and dinner program have converted completely to a to-go model. We are educating our participants on the health benefits of regular handwashing, and other behavior changes that will keep each individual and the community safe and healthy.
- We are instituting medical protocol for anyone who is exhibiting symptoms and communicating regularly with those who come to our facility. We are serving up the healthiest food in our history with the collaboration of our Farm and our new cook, Brandon.
- California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an initiative Friday to place people experiencing homelessness in hotel and motel rooms around the state in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The “Project Roomkey” initiative is the first of its kind in the nation. Funds for this initiative are through partnership with the Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services, to provide vital supplies, services and shelter at local motels through California’s Project Roomkey. In Chico, the Jesus Center is currently providing daily meal service to over 60 people currently receiving shelter at local motels.
We are all hands (clean hands) on deck!
To this end: we need your help more than ever!
How can you help?
Our community is in this together. So, here are four ways you can help the Jesus Center, yourself and our community.
- Take care of yourself: hand washing, good nutrition, physical distancing
- Watch out for the vulnerable in your circles: offer to run errands, write notes, make calls
- Pray for all of our front-line workers. Please add Jesus Center staff to your list of people to pray for alongside health care professionals and other hands on staff in our community.
- Send money to the Jesus Center.
We anticipate our financial needs to be great as we move forward. We have had to increase our purchases of supplies for cleaning including the rental of hand washing stations. We are planning to cover the costs of more food as volunteers and deliveries drop off, as well as the increased supplies cost to support to-go meals. We suspect the need to increase staff in places if we are asked to quarantine shelter or housing participants. We recognize that the economic downturn will affect many of our generous supporters. For those of you who can stretch and increase your giving, we ask you to consider a larger gift to us at this time.
We are your outreach to the poorest of the poor in our community. We know we can’t ask you to come and help, but please consider a financial gift today!