Emergency Shelter Opens in Columbus to Help Protect Against Coronavirus Epidemic
March 27, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EMERGENCY SHELTER OPENS IN COLUMBUS
COLUMBUS, GA – In collaboration with the Continuum of Care (COC), SafeHouse Ministries on Hamilton Road has opened an emergency shelter. The emergency shelter will operate daily from 6:00pm until 6:00am. They will accept anyone in need of shelter regardless of their situation. This is in direct reaction to the current Coronavirus epidemic.
“Our community members experiencing homelessness are at a higher risk during this pandemic. Many already suffer from health issues that could only worsen their condition if they contract the virus,” said Pat Frey, Executive Director of Home for Good. “In addition, the best defense and main guideline for preventing the spread of Coronavirus is to maintain clean hands, an almost impossible task for those that are without a home. The shelter has procedures in place to support the safety and security of clients as well as staff. This includes opportunities to manage hygiene,” she added.
The Continuum of Care (COC) is committed to being responsive to the health needs of the community at large as well as to those who are most vulnerable. The COC as a whole is doing their part to help mitigate the transmission of the Coronavirus.
For more information, please contact Neil Richardson, Executive Director of SafeHouse Ministries, at 706-575-1483.
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United Way improves lives and builds a stronger community by bringing people and resources together from across the Chattahoochee Valley region. United Way funds a variety of programs at nonprofit agencies in Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Muscogee, Russell, Stewart, Talbot and Taylor counties in Georgia and Russell County in Alabama