Health Notice Concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Out of an abundance of caution and to assist with our nation’s preventative efforts, the Council of Churches of the Ozarks is modifying programs because the safety of our guests, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. Along with our routine safety standards and procedures, we will be taking additional precautions with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) concern.
All Council of Churches services will be taking the following actions:
Closely monitoring daily updates and recommendations from the CDC as well as routine updates from our local health department and health centers.
Sanitizing our meeting spaces in between meetings and cleaning all hard surfaces throughout the day.
Employees and Volunteers have also been instructed to never come to work if they experience fever or any Coronavirus symptoms.
Review hand washing techniques with staff, volunteers, and guests.
Because this is still a new health concern and data is incoming daily, we will continue to monitor the progressive information and prepare accordingly.
We, like others, will be following the guidelines found on the CDC website (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). This information is updated regularly and is a great resource: https://www.cdc.gov/Rest assured, we are doing everything we can to ensure a safe experience for our community.
For program-specific modifications please see individual listings below. Please contact us if you have further questions.
Modifications to Safe to Sleep Homeless Women’s Shelter updated Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Due to temporary ordinance restrictions concerning COVID-19, Safe to Sleep will only serve those women who stayed at the shelter on and since Thursday, March 19, 2020. Safe to Sleep deeply regrets the inability to host new or former guests.
Volunteers are needed to continue to keep Safe to Sleep Homeless Women’s Shelter open. Please call (417) 862-3586 ext. 235 to volunteer.
Modifications to One Stop for Early Childhood updated Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
The One Stop has closed its interior facility. The Resource and Referral line will remain open to assist families and caregivers.
STARS Kids Club birthday gifts are temporarily suspended. If this creates a hardship, please call the resource line for an appointment to pick up a pre-selected gift.
The One Stop for Early Childhood Facebook page will be updated daily with information and tips to help parents and caregivers with children at home. Visit @TheOneSTopCCO.
Conscious Parenting classes are canceled through April 30th.
We know these times are stressful, know that we are still here for you and thinking about you daily.
Modifications to Ambassador for Children updated Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
The closet has closed its interior facility to public access out of concern about COVID-19 and possible volunteer shortages. In addition to the changes to the Kids Closet, the mobile distribution to Branson is postponed until further notice.
Ambassadors for Children encourages those children who recently came into foster care and need assistance to utilize the closet immediately by completing the KIDS CLOSET ONLINE ORDER FORM.
Online orders will be packaged and ready for pickup by appointment ONLY.
Children already in care are encouraged to wait for the Spring/Summer clothing line coming to the Kids Closet on April 14th.
The Prom Closet is closed until further notice.
Thank you for understanding the need for modifications.
Modifications to Daybreak service updated Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Daybreak will continue to offer services to families who have no alternative care plan and need the service in order to continue employment. Families who have alternative care options are asked to keep their loved ones at home until April 25, 2020. The recommendations by the CDC and Greene County Health Department change daily. The plan to remain open is fluid and is dependent on their recommendations.
Modifications to RSVP updated Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Homebound Shopping will shop for clients online, utilize store pick-up and drop off food at door. Volunteers will not shop for clients if they are not feeling well.
Reading Buddy and Pre-K Pal tutoring and mentoring sessions are suspended until further notice. Most partner schools have made the choice to close through April 24, 2020. RSVP will re-evaluate these programs based on school recommendations.
RSVP meetings, trainings, and events held through April 24, 2020 will be canceled and/or rescheduled. These include Homebound Shopping Training, Reading Buddy Café, and Advisory Committee Meeting.
Modifications to Crosslines updated Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
This is only temporary and will be re-evaluated based on recommendations by the CDC and Greene County Health Department. The pantry has closed its interior facility to public access out of concern about the COVID-19 and possible volunteer shortages.
Distribution hours will remain the same, 9 am to 1:45 pm during the week. We ask that you use the link below to order food online. You can also call Crosslines at 417-869-0563 directly during normal business hours to place an order, but with a limited number of phone lines, it may take some time to get to an operator.
Orders must be placed ahead of time for a scheduled pickup or guests can wait in the parking lot and will receive a call when the order is ready to be picked up at the drive-thru.
It is important that we prepare appropriately for different scenarios and be ready to modify procedures as needed. Our priorities are to make sure volunteers, staff, and guests remain safe while continuing to provide a reliable food source to those in need in our community.
Modifications to Ombudsman updated Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Long term care facilities have temporarily suspended visitors to protect the health of their guests. Since Ombudsman volunteers/team members cannot visit guests at the facility, they will handle complaints by phone.
Modifications to Connections Handy Man Service updated Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Services will continue to be offered to qualifying individuals, as long as, no one inside the home presents signs of illness. Contractors are entering homes based on their own discretion.