By Lucy Hackett
During the coronavirus pandemic impact, we have seen many people affected in both positive and negative ways. Some people have become more thankful as they realize what freedoms, resources, materials, and activities they used to have, but do not now. Many people have become more giving and creative in the way they give, such as making masks for the Mission. At Haven of Rest, we have had many donations and are thankful for the masks donated for guests and employees to use when needed.
We are also thankful for our Facilities Department in our Client Services Center as they have risen to the occasion and created sanitizing stations, built plexiglass barriers in front of public work stations, and provided gloves to everyone on the premises. We continue to clean, disinfect, sanitize, and remove anything that is not needed in the attempts to create a safer environment. People are practicing social distancing and caution.
While implementing the precautions suggested by the Health Department, Healthcare Professionals, and community leaders, we continue our work in serving those who are homeless and hurting. We continue to process our donations given at the Donation Drop-off at the Client Services Center at 207 E. Market St. and supply meals throughout the day in the Mission’s Dining Room. Employees continue to work in every department to ensure people have a safe shelter and place to turn to.
As we continue to minister to our guests while practicing social distancing, we can still pray, encourage, and mentor them during this rough season of their lives through this national crisis. God’s Word and hope can be shared with them throughout the day. We continue to do our best to be there for them and are thankful for your continued support.
If you would like to donate, go to our Donation Center at 207 E. Market St. in Akron. Drive-thru hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Sunday. For more information, go to our website at www.havenofrest.org.