April 28, 2020

Greetings Friends, 

We have so much to be grateful for! God is so good and He is in control. We serve a great God who loves us. Even in an uncertain time, when everything seems to be topsy-turvy, we stand amazed at how God continues to work in and through the lives of His people. 

As it has been said again and again, these times are uncertain. Our only real certainty in life is that it is uncertain. All we can do is decide how we face each day in the time that is given to us. This current crisis is unexpected, overwhelming, and difficult. Yet, we have witnessed again and again, our community coming together to care for vulnerable populations. Another thing that we can count on as a certainty is that the needs and requests for support will continue. We have been called to serve those living in great need. Deuteronomy 15:10-11 tells us, “You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.”
 
Over the last month, we have been hard at work creating a plan that would allow us to serve the most vulnerable neighbors in our community while operating in a prudent and cautious manner that would protect our staff and volunteers as well. After much research, planning, and discernment, we have decided to reopen our Clearinghouse with limited hours and operations on April 28th.

Our current framework will be ever-evolving as more information and direction becomes available, but our plan includes that following: 
Our updated operating hours will be Tuesday – Thursday from 11am – 1pm. 
We will have a designated social distancing enforcer on-site at all times to make sure that state regulations are being met for those working in our Clearinghouse.

Our goal is to begin to providing the following services: 
*Referrals through the call center
*Porch drops for household items
*Yard work for elderly and disabled clients
*Prayer requests
*Other services would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis

We are grateful for the many volunteers who have stepped forward during this time to serve in such a unique and challenging season. 

 

 

March 24, 2020

 

I hope this finds you safe and in good health. We are incredibly inspired by how our community is coming together to respond to this unprecedented issue. As we continue to move through a very fluid time in our world, we are reminded that we are not without hope. My prayer for each of you is from Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Since my last message to you, much has changed and we are doing our best to adapt to the changes of this season as they come. As a result, we have temporarily suspended Clearinghouse operations and until further notice (a minimum of 4 weeks), our small staff will be working from home. I pray that through this time, we find a renewed sense of community and desire to care for our neighbors in need. We look forward to the days ahead when we can reopen and continue to serve this community that we love so dearly.

We want you to know how much we appreciate you, our volunteers, our clients, and our community. During this time of uncertainty, we encourage you to join us in prayer every day as we weather this worldwide trial. Let us band together in the Spirit like never before and pray for each other daily. Scripture reminds us to “pray without ceasing”, if you have any specific prayer requests, I am happy to pray with you and for you. You can send requests through a message on social media or to jessica@loveforlanecounty.org.

 

 

March 16, 2020

 

We know that there is a lot of concern about the current public health situation. Although Lane County does not yet have a confirmed case of Coronavirus, we wanted to take a moment to inform you how Love for Lane County is responding. Keeping our staff, volunteers, and clients safe and healthy is our top priority. This is an ever-changing situation and as more protective measures are recommended, our policies and response may change. Please check our Facebook page and website for updated information as it becomes available.

For several weeks, we have been taking steps to protect against transmission of the virus including enhanced cleaning of our office and warehouse, encouraging hand-washing and the use of hand sanitizer throughout our Clearinghouse.

For now, out of an abundance of caution and the recommendation of public health experts, Love for Lane County will begin postponing events, including our upcoming volunteer training and orientation session that was scheduled for March 31st. This is intended to encourage social distancing as a method to prevent the spread of illness. Additionally, we will be taking the following immediate actions:

• Our first step will be to close our building to the public. At this time, we are unable to accept incoming donations, drop-in visits, facility tours, etc.
• Our staff will remain on-site, assisting clients via phone by providing referral services to appropriate local agencies with the capacity to provide aid.
• We will be unable to accept new client service requests for the next two weeks and will reassess the situation as more information becomes available to us.
• All current, outstanding, non-critical requests will be postponed until further notice.
• If the virus spread continues to escalate through our community, we may make the decision to completely close down our Clearinghouse services. The length of any closure is uncertain and we will follow guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority.

We understand that these precautionary measures may cause an inconvenience or burden for our clients and stakeholders within the community. We have made this decision after much research and direction from local governing authorities. It is our earnest desire that these measures will decrease the impact of this global pandemic and that we may be able to resume regular operations in a timely manner.

In the meantime, please remember that the church is not simply a Sunday gathering, but is the body of Christ. So, continue to love your neighbors by checking on their welfare, providing for their needs as you are able, and praying with and for each other. God bless you.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this challenging time. 

Blessings,

Jessica Elwell
Executive Director
Love for Lane County