Dear Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission Donors, Volunteers and Partners,
I hope and pray that everyone is safe and healthy during this COVID–19 pandemic. Words cannot express how touched and humbled I am by everyone’s continued prayers and support. Even though we are in the midst of this storm, Jesus continues to be in the center of our lives making a difference within our beloved community. Your provisions allow us to continue our ministry in providing meals, shelter, and a recovery program for the people that have nowhere else to turn.
I have prepared a response to Governor Steve Sisolak’s “Road to Recovery for Nevada.” This is to explain how Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission (RSGM) plans to move forward throughout the Four Phases. We know volunteers want to make a difference and individuals want to donate items to our organization. However, we must proceed safely and responsibly.
Luis Santoni Executive Director
Reno–Sparks Gospel Mission COVID–19 Response Plan to Nevada’s “Roadmap to Recovery”
Currently, the state of Nevada is in Phase Two of a Four Phase process. Continuing to progress within the phases allows our state to reopen additional facilities and businesses. For up to date information on Nevada’s “Roadmap to Recovery” guidelines please click on the following link:
RSGM will continue to follow Nevada’s “Roadmap to Recovery” as well as implement and maintain the Washoe County Health District guidelines to ensure the safety and welfare of the homeless, less fortunate, drug and alcohol recovery clients and staff. Below are the measures RSGM will follow within each phase of the Nevada’s “Roadmap to Recovery.” RSGM will continue to monitor the Governor’s office and the Washoe County Health District guidelines during this ever-changing situation.
Phase I The Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission implemented the following:
- Downtown Mission Facility – Remained open throughout the COVID–19 pandemic in feeding 1,300 meals daily to the homeless and those in need; provided emergency shelter services; provided uninterrupted residential drug & alcohol recovery program with existing residents
- Warehouse – Open with restrictions allowing donors to drop off donations at the main dock; scheduling curb-side donation pick up at donor’s request; distributing food baskets to the less fortunate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am – 3:00pm
- Thrift Depot Stores – Open with restrictions (i.e., no more than 50% capacity in each store); staff required to wear facial masks; each location is continuously cleaned and sanitized; each store has installed a plexiglass protective shield at the register; customers follow strict social distancing by posting instructional flyers and marked wait points on store floors and are encouraged to wear face masks
Phase II The Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission has reinstated the following services:
- Downtown Mission Facility – Has resumed our free 13-month Christian Addiction Recovery and Education program (C.A.R.E.); is currently accepting new applicants to potentially enter the 13- month Drug & Alcohol program; volunteers will be encouraged to contribute their services with guidelines
- Warehouse – continue to deliver the same services in Phase I; volunteers will be able to continue their services with guidelines
Phase III & Phase IV. As RSGM obtains additional clarity and guidelines, we will continue to be committed in keeping everyone informed.