I’ve spent the last few days in disbelief as the COVID-19 outbreak has escalated throughout the world and our country. I’m reaching out today to assure you that Evansville Rescue Mission remains fully committed to serving our neighbors experiencing homelessness.
To date, no known cases of the coronavirus have been identified at the Mission, and we pray none develop. To ensure the safety of our guests and staff, we are actively working with the Vanderburgh County Public Health Department (MCPHD), our city officials, and Governor Holcomb’s office on best practices for our shelters. With their guidance, we have developed emergency response plans and other protective measures. We covet your prayers during this new, uncertain time.
I expect you feel the stress of this outbreak, and perhaps it’s caused a major disruption to your family and way of life. Even so, I humbly ask you to remember us today. Regardless of an external crisis, Evansville Rescue Mission must continue serving men, women, and children with nowhere else to go. We are their safety net. They have no where to turn except to the Mission. As precautions for our staff, guests, and volunteers, we had to temporarily suspend almost all volunteer involvement. Our staff will be stretched, as will our resources. We need your help right now.
Please pray protection over Evansville Rescue Mission, and the precious guests we serve–many of whom have underlying health issues. We trust in God as our sustainer, provider, and healer.
And friend, I humbly ask that you give. This is an uncertain, economic time, and we fear that giving will drop when it is most needed…and we do not receive government money. To provide critical care and services our community relies on, we need your help. Will you give to Evansville Rescue Mission today?
Friend, I know this a scary, unsettling time. But our good God is in control. And he is faithful.
Standing together for the good of our neighbors,
Tracy L. Gorman