Addressing Coronavirus

Dear Partners and Friends:

We want to share information on what the New Life Center is doing in an immediate and ongoing way to alter practices that help reduce the odds of the Coronavirus impacting our community.

First, due to the vulnerable health conditions of those we serve, we are limiting access to our building for visitors, non-essential staff, and volunteers. This includes large social gatherings, onsite meetings, events, and large volunteer groups.

To ensure the health of those we serve, we will screen guests for symptoms or high-risk status as they come through our doors. Guests who exhibit symptoms will be isolated in a designated dormitory. Guests who are at high-risk (elderly or having other health complications not related to Covid-19) will be moved to a separate dorm area to distance them from our general population. Our onsite Sanford Health nurse and operations director will work closely with all departments to ensure appropriate hand washing and other prevention measures. Throughout this process, we will stay in close contact with Fargo Cass Public Health.

In addition, all high-touch surfaces in the building will be cleaned every hour. Hand sanitizers and gloves are readily available.

Regarding our meal service, sack meals will be available in our front entry for community members. Our kitchen will discontinue self-service items and begin using disposable dishware and utensils. Access to the kitchen will be limited to those who are preparing and serving meals.

The retail part of our thrift store is closed indefinitely; however, we are still accepting donation drop offs during our regular hours.

Your financial support is very important at this time. The above measures will impact our budget. Your gift will help us continue to serve a very vulnerable population. You can make a gift online by clicking here.

Finally, and most importantly, we are maintaining our trust in God. This is an anxious time for our whole nation. At times like this, we lean into the promise of God. We rely on God’s love and grace. God promises to walk with us, to never leave us or forsake us. Please keep our nation, our staff, and those we serve in your prayers.

If you have any questions, please contact me at rob.swiers@fargonlc.org.

In Christ,

Rob Swiers, Executive Director