Western Carolina Rescue Ministries increases response to COVID-19

Press release from Western Carolina Rescue Ministries:

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries (WCRM) is the largest overnight emergency shelter which serves the homeless, poor and addicted populations of Western North Carolina.

Last week, WCRM took preemptive action in response to COVID-19 by posting signs at entrances and in strategic places providing instruction on hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette. In addition, hand washing stations and hand sanitizer are and continue to be readily available for anyone accessing our campus and utilizing our services. Finally a more aggressive cleaning/ sanitation routine has been and continues to be implemented for high traffic areas such as door knobs, hand rails, etc.

In response to the latest developments regarding COVID -19, WCRM will now be operating on the amplified “isolation” status. This will remain in place until further notice. Isolation Status means that our clients will be sheltering in place until further notice. We will continue to serve lunch and dinner to the community and those in need from the exterior of our building each day from 11:30-12:30pm for lunch and 4:30-5:30pm for dinner. Food boxes will continue to be distributed outside on Tuesday afternoons at 2:00 PM as well.

We would like for you to know that WCRM has ZERO known cases of the Coronavirus COVID-19. We are taking these precautionary measures to stop the spread of this virus. As a reminder, no outside volunteers are allowed to assist at this time, until further notice.

In addition, WCRM has been actively in communication with local government agencies regarding preparation and response to a COVID-19 outbreak within the homeless population.

Donations of paper towels, toilet paper, disinfecting wipes, bleach-based sprays, disinfecting bleach, gloves, masks, disposable plates and cutlery are welcome at 225 Patton Avenue, Asheville NC.

Please contact Jessica May, Director of Development / Major Donor Officer to get more information or to become involved.

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