If there was ever a time of uncertainty, it’s fair to say it’s now. Here at the Redwood Gospel Mission that means we do the one thing we always know works—we get on our knees and pray. Please join us in praying as we continue to keep connected to local, state and federal movements and monitor the situation as closely as possible.
Here’s the latest information about what we’re doing in this crisis:
May 8, 2020
Thanks to our partnership with Alliance Redwoods, most of our guests and folks in our recovery programs have been at camp for the past month. Six of the homeless guests who’ve been staying with us at the camp have decided to join the recovery program – praise God!
Going to camp has been a significant blessing for the Mission and the Camp. But we stepped out in faith unsure how we were going to cover the additional expense. God works in such amazing ways and a dear friend of the Mission stepped up and offered a matching gift for all gifts given toward camp expenses — up to $100,000! If you’d like to help, you can click here srmission.org/camp.
In other news, we received a gift of 80 gallons of hand sanitizer from a local company. The Mission shared this gift with the Santa Rosa Police Department and other agencies. Additionally, a local Boy Scout working on his Eagle Scout project provided hand sanitizer for all of the Mission’s in-town facilities.
During this pandemic, many of our annual events have had to be adapted or postponed. Our annual Easter feast took place at camp with all the proper social distancing. June’s Homeless Birthday Party has had to be postponed — future date to be determined. August’s City Kids events are still to be determined. BUT we are going forward with a backpack and school supplies drive to help all the children and families we can. If you’d like to give a gift to help with this back-to-school drive, please click here srmission.org/backpacks.
We are especially grateful for your continued prayers and support in this time.
April 6, 2020
Praise and prayer!
The Mission is headed to camp due to the COVID-19 crisis! We’ve made arrangements to use Alliance Redwoods facilities. Most of the folks in our men’s and women’s shelters will be moving to the camp to allow for better physical distancing and other health-related advantages. This is a huge blessing for the Mission and for the camp. By freeing up space at our facilities, we are able to expand our services and provide a safe healthy place to live for at least 30 currently unsheltered people, while still maintaining physical distancing and other prevention practices.
Please join us in prayer for our new Guest Services Manager, Rod Bowman. Rod comes to us with over 40 years of pastoral experience, in addition to hospice experience and law enforcement chaplaincy. Because of this experience, Rod is able to minister in a very unique way. He has been such a blessing to program members and guests during this time of uncertainty.
March 30, 2020
With the state of our community continuing to evolve because of the COVID Pandemic, things are adjusting rapidly here at the Mission, too.
Here are the latest items we want to make sure partners like you know about:
The location where we had planned to hold our Easter Feast is no longer available. But we will still be serving a special Easter meal for the men and women in our New Life Program as well as the guests currently sheltering with us.
We are no longer doing an Easter Sunrise service.
We’ve been in contact with all our wonderful volunteers who offered to join us for Easter. We look forward to seeing you when this crisis is over.
Graduation, which had been scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd, has been postponed. Once officials have declared it safe for churches to reopen, we will reschedule the celebration.
Homeless Birthday Party
Because we anticipate the closure of the location where we had planned to hold the Homeless Birthday Party, we have decided to postpone it.
Because of state and federal regulations, the thrift store is currently closed to the public. We are exploring selling some of the items online during the closure and will update you if we begin selling online.
Redwood Gospel Coffee
Because all our churches are closed, we have extra coffee! If you’re interested in purchasing coffee, you can come to our 1821 Piner Road location, at the very north end of the building. Coffee is available for purchase Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 1 PM. For more information about our coffee, visit: www.redwoodgospelcoffee.com
We have cancelled scheduled mentor training programs and are exploring options for offering the training virtually for the time being. For more information, visit: srmission.org/mentor-training
Thank you for your continued support, prayers and generosity for our vulnerable neighbors during this time!
March 18, 2020
The government officials of Sonoma County have issued a shelter-in-place directive for the entire county. Redwood Gospel Mission falls under the category of “essential services” so thankfully we do not need to close down completely. However, we have made several changes we want you to know about.
1. We have had to close down our meal service to the general public for the time being. That means we are not able to serve anyone who was not staying on Mission property when the shut-down order went into effect.
We are STILL serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to over 100 guests and residents who are currently in programs at the Mission. That means we are still preparing over 300 meals each day.
2. Our Nomadic Shelter Ministry, which partners with local churches to provide food and shelter to homeless individuals during the winter months, is closing early. With God’s grace, we plan to start it up again this Fall as usual. Guests in the Nomadic Shelter ministry are being offered the opportunity to assimilate in with our existing shelter guests.
3. As we are able, we will take in new shelter guests, at which time they will have to shelter in place at the Mission.
4. We are asking all our volunteers and non-essential staff to follow government orders and stay at home. We look forward to having you serve again when it’s safe for everyone.
5. We are working with local authorities to do everything we can to help our homeless neighbors who do not have a safe place to shelter.
Here’s what you can do:
1. PLEASE PRAY.
Pray for health and healing for all affected by COVID-19. Pray that there will NOT be an outbreak among the homeless community who is even more at risk.
Pray for the men and women who had planned to get their meals or sleep at the Mission tonight and in the coming days. Pray for God’s protection and provision for them.
Pray for the virus to stop spreading and die-off.
Pray for our government officials as they make difficult decisions in the coming days, weeks and months.
2. GIVE MEALS.
We are still serving over 300 meals every day. Please consider helping to provide some of those meals – each one is only $1.79!
If there is anything we can do to help you navigate this new reality we have found ourselves in, please contact us by clicking here.
We are praying for you, your families, our community and our world. God is good and that will never change.
Redwood Gospel Mission
March 12, 2020
Redwood Gospel Mission leadership and staff are aware of the serious and volatile situation regarding the coronavirus and its potential impact on our community. We have implemented processes to educate and assist the staff, volunteers and guests of the Mission to reduce the risk of infection.
Redwood Gospel Mission is a member of a national organization of Rescue Missions (Citygate Network / citygatenetwork.org), and from the first notice of the virus we have been receiving factual information about the disease. Utilizing that information, as well as County, State and Federal resources and information related to the virus, we have compiled detailed manuals for each facility and ministry to reduce risk of infection and how to manage any residents, guests or staff who may become infected.
Mission Staff are educating volunteers, residents and guests about how the virus spreads and providing that information as well as necessary resources and supplies throughout all Mission facilities. Mission guests are advised to report any symptoms to staff and to seek medical evaluation immediately. We will continue to be vigilant and proactive to assist all those in our care to be educated and to make all necessary resources available to them.
We remain in contact with local government agencies, sharing information and discussing different scenarios and will cooperate with those agencies as necessary.
All of us will continue to pray for God’s blessing over our community and His wisdom as we respond to this situation. We also pray for those infected and for the families who have lost a loved one due to the virus.
Redwood Gospel Mission
Redwood Gospel Mission is a 501 (C)(3) Christian non-profit and does not receive any government funding.