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COVID-19 Update

We want to thank you for your continued support during this time. As you might be, we are adjusting to the new “normal” during this COVID-19 crisis. Many have asked how they can help. This is a blessing to us, reminding us how generous and caring our neighbors are in Kalamazoo County.

Strength Through It All

Equipped with a sewing machine and donations of fabric, Deb used her talents to make masks at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a staff member and also a guest, she saw firsthand, the need to help those around her. She has made so many masks she has lost count, but loved being able to provide PPE for those working and staying at Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries.

Her focus began to unravel when she started to feel ill. The KGM team immediately got Deb tested and quarantined. When she tested positive for COVID-19, Deb was apprehensive but also in prayer.

“I was running a temperature, it was hard to breathe, and I felt so tired. The quarantine staff were so concerned about me that they kept the hotel door unlocked just to keep tabs on me.”

Things began to get worse when her oxygen levels lowered, and they sent her to the hospital. Then a secondary infection of Pneumonia set in. The days were difficult, but Deb kept a positive attitude. She knew God would get her through. Now, healthy and well, Deb is back to work at KGM, and it feels good. She is grateful for the care she received and believes in the power of prayer.

“COVID-19 has been a serious illness and affected me in ways I didn’t expect. I realized the little stuff in life really doesn’t matter, it is my family, my friends and my faith in God that are truly important.”

Here’s What We Are Doing:

Working with government officials, the CDC and local authorities, Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries has been given “hospital” status. This allows us to keep our doors open to anyone in need. We understand this isn’t an ideal situation to have so many people in one place, but we also know they need us. We have implemented protocols that address the number of people gathered together in one room, following the recommendations set forth by the CDC in regard to keeping surfaces clean and hand washing, and monitoring signs of any illness in our guests.

CDC Guidance for Homeless Shelters

Within Credo Café, we have implemented “to go” boxes for all meal times. We are currently serving over 400 meals a day. If you are interested in helping, we would welcome any new and unused “to go” food containers. Please contact us HERE if you can help.

We are creating distance between people as much as possible for sleeping arrangements and carefully monitoring each guest for signs of illness. We will continue to serve our guests with the best possible care as we weather the storm.

Here's What We Need:

·Volunteers- If you are healthy and feel comfortable serving, please consider volunteering, especially in Food Service. Please contact Matt Furrow (mfurrow@kzoogospel.org) or click here for more information.

·New and unused “To Go” Containers (we need 400 boxes per day)

·Cleaning Supplies

·Monetary Donations- We are experiencing increased costs because more are coming to us for help and we need your critical support to help us purchase the above.

We believe that it takes both faith and wisdom to walk through this time. We have faith that God is our Protector and we are His ambassadors when those around us are fearful. We also use wisdom when making decisions, following recommendations to keep people safe and healthy.

Other Ways To Help

Amazon Smile Wish List

Wish List

Women’s Shelter
Pack and Plays
Study bibles
Educational activities and games
Sippy cups, Bottles, DiapersPaint books (water)
Socks (adult and children)Underwear (adult and children)
Shampoo, Lotions, Deodorant
Diapers 3,4,5,6 and adult size
Pull-ups (children and adult)
Diaper wipes
Thermometers, Cough Drops
Sulfate-free shampoo and relaxer (African American hair care products)
Bus passes, Tokens, Gas cards
Tylenol and Motrin
Blankets (twin size)
Sheets (twin size)
TowelsLocks for lockers with keys

Men’s Shelter
Socks, underwear, under shirts
Winter gloves
Large print/Regular print bibles
Reading glasses
Blankets, Towels, Sheets (twin size)
Bus tokens

Children’s Ministry
Healthy snacks
Fresh and canned fruit
Blu-ray player
Washable Paint
Sound Machine
Baby Monitor
3 Drawer Organizer

Programming
Manilla Folders
Pocket Folders
Notebooks
USB Flash Drives

Maintenance
Electric hand planner
Chop saw
Skill sawInspection camera for drains
Portable leak detector (Gas)
Portable compressor
Nail/staple gun
Drill sharpener
Menards and/or Lowes gift cards
TIG Welder
Work Boots 8-12
Fertilizer spreader
Hilti Hammer Drill

Kitchen
Sliced bread
CheeseSugar
Foam cups

Health Clinic
Bus Tokens
New, in date, over the counter medications
Hygiene products
Blood Pressure Monitors
Glucometers with strips

IDEA Center
Flash drives (4GB or higher)
2 pocket paper folders various colors but especially black
Portfolios

Rescued Treasures
Bubble wrap
Swimsuits
25-30 small grocery carts
Retail rounders clothing display
Retail 4-way racks
Mannequins
2-wheel dolly
4-wheel carts for moving furniture
Men’s clothing -everything as well as underwear, socks, steel toed work boots and regular warm boots.

Simple Treasures
Bubble wrap
Swimsuits
Spring/Summer Clothing
Linens
Throw Pillows