Updated 3/17/2020, 11 a.m.
WHAT TO KNOW:
• The Mission is complying will all requirements and recommendations from the federal and local government and the CDC and, in some cases, even exceeding those standards.
• The Mission is not accepting any new clients at any of its facilities until further notice.
• All family visitations are canceled.
• All volunteer activities are canceled.
• The Mission is unable to receive any food donations.
Jimmie Hale Mission updates COVID-19 policy, suspends volunteer meal deliveries
March 17, 2020
In an effort to further combat the potential spread of COVID-19, the Jimmie Hale Mission will no longer accept any prepared food deliveries except those from authorized supply services until further notice. This includes homemade meals, items from restaurants and delivery services. The Mission will still accept non-perishable items such as boxed and canned goods which can be left outside the facility doors.
The organization announced Monday that it was temporarily suspending all volunteer activities with the exception of its “Nourish the Needy” program at Jessie’s Place, which would continue to accept prepared meals. The Mission included the suspension of this program in a policy update released Tuesday morning.
“We are so grateful for the volunteers who have remained committed to assisting our clients even during this health crisis,” said executive director Michael Coleman. “However, at this time we are taking every precaution to limit the potential spread of the Coronavirus. While the food that individuals donate is essential to how we operate as an organization, we feel this is a necessary step to take at this time.”
The Mission continues to comply with all policies and recommendations issued by the federal and local government and the CDC.
Jimmie Hale Mission suspends new client intake and volunteer activities
March 16, 2020
In an effort to reduce the potential impact and spread of COVID-19, and to comply with the recommendations from the CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health, the Jimmie Hale Mission has suspended new client intake and public interactions with volunteers at all facilities until March 31.
“The board and leadership staff have been monitoring the development of the Coronavirus both nationally and locally and feel that these temporary measures are necessary to ensure the health and safety of our clients and employees,” said Mission executive director Michael Coleman. “We’ve had no reported illnesses at this time and will continue to do everything possible to ensure that residents and personnel are monitored for any adverse health conditions and that they are separated from the general population and directed to the appropriate healthcare facilities if needed.”
No new clients will be admitted to the programs at the Men’s Center, Jessie’s Place or Royal Pines and no overnight guests will be accommodated for the next 16 days. In addition, family visitations for current clients and all on-site volunteer activities have been cancelled in this span.
The lone exception to this policy is in regard to the “Nourish the Needy” program at Jessie’s Place. The organization’s women and children’s facility downtown relies heavily on this volunteer-based, meal-provision network to help offset food costs. Although volunteers will be unable to serve the clients directly, meals for the residents can still be delivered to the staff.
The Mission’s after-school Discovery Club program has also been indefinitely suspended while Alabama public schools remain closed.
“We are prayerful that this crisis will come to an end soon,” Coleman added. “We will continue to monitor the situation and remain in contact with health officials regarding best practices until that time.”
For more information on how you can help with the “Nourish the Needy” program, please visit our website at jessiesplace.com or contact us at 205-323-0170.
JIMMIE HALE MISSION
Downtown Jimmie Hale Mission, Inc. is a Christian-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, which includes a homeless shelter for men, a shelter for women and children, after-school Bible clubs, recovery programs, and three learning centers. This charity is often misspelled Jimmy Hale Mission.