Hiway 80 Rescue Mission Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Together, we’re facing a truly unprecedented situation. The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of our families, our businesses, our communities, and our way of life. During this time we wanted to reach out and update you on how we’re approaching the situation at Hiway 80 Rescue Mission. It is our top priority to protect the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, and our staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. First and foremost, our hearts go out to anyone who’s been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. Our thoughts are especially with those who are sick, to whom we extend our prayers for a full recovery. And we’re truly inspired by the selfless healthcare workers around the world who are on the front lines working tirelessly to care for people in need. We are following the recommendations provided by the CDC, Governor Gregg Abbott and our local government officials , which means we are taking heightened preventative measures and have decided to implement the following actions:
1.All shelters are taking heightened preventative measures and are limiting activity in and out of each of our facilities, which means visitors of guests are not allowed at this time. Guests will be granted approval to leave for essential outings such as work and doctor’s appointments. We are constantly disinfecting each facility, following the 20 second- hand washing procedure, and maintaining the recommended social distancing of 6 feet. Public lunch and dinner have been suspended. We are providing sack meals instead to anyone who is hungry that is not currently staying at the mission.
Anyone who is seeking shelter, new to Hiway 80 Rescue Mission and checking in will be subject to testing, including: temperature checks for temperatures over 100, and a screening questionnaire regarding COVID-19.
If you would like to refer someone to Hiway 80 Rescue Mission and they need help, please call and speak with a staff member ahead of time at (903) 759-8101. It is our desire to help everyone as best as we are able to all the while keeping our current guests safe and healthy all at the same time.
2. All volunteer opportunities are suspended effective immediately. In order to exercise extreme caution in protecting our guests, volunteers and staff, all volunteer opportunities will be suspended. We are currently working on getting systems in place to offer virtual services so our volunteers, donors and guests can stay connected.
3. We will be accepting food and monetary donations only. Other donations will not be accepted at this time unless it is an immediate need, which will be posted and updated on our website and Facebook pages. If you would like to bring a donation, we ask that you bring them to our Donation center , located behind the Men’s Shelter Center at 3117 W. Marshall Ave. If you call ahead staff can meet you at the door or curbside.
4. The Annual New Life Banquet has been postponed but not rescheduled at this time. Due to the CDC's recommendations and our local government Mandatory Shelter in Place guidelines the annual event that was set to take place on Thursday April 30th in Longview and May 1 in Tyler is postponed until further notice.
As a result of the COVID-19 Outbreak, our staff and resources will be stretched very thin. Many individuals, businesses and churches have reached out and asked how they can help during this time. THANK YOU! We humbly ask you to consider helping us Donations can be made by calling 903-759-8101 or online at Hiway80Mission.org. We will continue to take food and monetary donations during this time. Hiway 80 Rescue Mission currently provides shelter and three meals a day to over 200 hungry and hurting men, women and children .
For questions or concerns, please contact our Hiway 80 Rescue Mission office at (903759-8101).