This past year created many challenges for all of us but, even in the midst of COVID, Servants to All remained open and continued to provide essential services. Our services may have looked differently different from in the past, but we continued to serve those in need. This year, we have limited in-person access to emergency services to minimize face-to-face interactions as much as possible. Servants to All has temporary discontinued services as a 211 Access Site. Clients in need of a referral for housing will be responsible for calling 211 directly. At this time Servants to All will complete housing intakes by phone at 570-728-2917 or 570-900-1161.
Servants to All implemented a screening tool to identify people with Covid-19 symptoms. We wanted to identify those who may be at risk for the coronavirus. Servants to All has developed telephone intake procedures and implemented other non-contact strategies to complete intakes and medical clearances for those in need of emergency shelter. Our clients are provided facemasks to wear and are provided personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies. Shelter staff maintain a six foot distance from clients.
In addition to our emergency shelter program, we also continued to operate our Street Outreach and Homeless Prevention programs. Street Outreach provides the essential services necessary to reach out to unsheltered homeless individuals. We then connect unsheltered homeless individuals with emergency shelter, long-term housing, or and critical services. Homeless Prevention is a program that provides rental assistance and services to individuals and families who are at risk of homelessness.
During 2020, Servants to All assisted 208 individuals with emergency housing, 69 in our street outreach program, 24 families with rental assistance, and another 285 new clients received supportive services. To date, Servants to all has helped over 3,400 individuals.
We will temporarily not taking any clothing donations or volunteers due to COVID. We will be evaluating the situation on a week by week basis.
"Charity is more than mere handouts, it means working to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor. This means education, access to health care, and above all employment, for it is through free creative, participatory and mutually supportive labor that human beings express and enhance the dignity of their lives...The worst discrimination which the poor suffer is the lack of spiritual care. ... They need God and we must not fail to offer them his friendship, his blessing, his word, the celebration of the sacraments and a journey of growth and maturity in the faith."
~ Pope Francis