I am sending this letter to provide you with Nashville Rescue Mission’s most current information regarding the ongoing developments with COVID-19. I’m reaching out today to assure you Nashville Rescue Mission remains fully committed to serving our neighbors in need who are experiencing homelessness.
To date, no known cases of the coronavirus have been identified at our facilities, and we pray none develop. To ensure the safety of our guests and staff, we are actively working with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, World Health Organization, and Metro Public Health Department on best practices for our shelters. With their guidance, we have developed emergency response plans and other protective measures. We covet your prayers during this new, uncertain time.
As this global issue impacts our community, we take our responsibility seriously to act in the best interests of our guests, Life Recovery participants, donors, volunteers, and staff while carefully monitoring the ongoing situation. Providing more than 800 precious souls with safe shelter each night and 1,600 meals to hungry men, women, and children every day, we must take every precaution in meeting their critical needs—we are their safety net and we do not take that role lightly.
Out of concern for you and our guests, who are part of a very vulnerable group, at this time, we have suspended all volunteer and tour activities for the foreseeable future. And, to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, we have vastly increased the scope of our cleaning procedures to protect all who come through our doors.
I ask you to pray for us while we navigate this situation, please know we are also praying for you. Remember God is in control and that we can continue to present our requests to Him in prayer:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
—Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
Strengthened by God’s promises, we can encourage and comfort one another to remain fearless in the face of danger and joyful despite uncertainty.
Rev. Glenn Cranfield
President and CEO