COVID-19 Current Updates

June 9, 2020

The Jersey Shore Rescue Mission continues to make health and safety a top priority.

We are utilizing off-site houses as a way to open our Life Change Recovery Program again. Men interested in our program will be quarantined and tested for COVID-19 before being allowed into our building. If you are interested in our program, please call the front desk for more information.

Our dining room remains closed for guests, but meals continue to be served “to-go” style at the front door of the Mission. Dinner can be picked up between 5:00pm – 5:30pm. Our Welcome Room remains closed at this time.

We are utilizing Zoom and other technology to continue social distancing for daily chapel and Celebrate Recovery, which remain closed to the public.

Our Thrift Store remains closed at this time. Please call us if you have donations – (732) 807-3506. Please continue to follow us on social media for news about reopening.

All of our staff are wearing masks and continuing to practice social distancing. Our staff are using separate offices, continuing to use Zoom for meetings instead of meeting in person and varying their office hours. Staff are also monitoring their health and symptoms. Our program staff are taking the temperature of each of our residents every evening, continuing to encourage good hygiene, and sharing regular reminders about health and symptoms.

March 23, 2020

Thrift Store:

Starting Monday March 23, our Thrift Store will be closed in its entirety. The retail store portion remains closed, and now our donation drop off will also be closed.

March 17, 2020

As is the case everywhere, life at the Mission has changed rather quickly due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. The Mission has implemented several safeguards to attempt to keep all involved with the Mission as protected as possible while abiding by suggestions from the CDC and government.

Please note the following:

Emergency Services:
Our emergency overnight shelter will be open for those currently in the shelter. Those who entered the shelter were screened and will stay for at least 2 weeks. Overnight guests will not be allowed to leave during this time of social isolation.
Meals for guests will be prepared and distributed at the door. We will not be serving guests in our dining room. Dinner can be picked up starting at 5pm. Our Welcome Room will be closed at this time.

Life Change Recovery Program:
We have greatly limited access to the House. The men will not be attending outside AA/NA Meetings. We are adjusting to have as many meetings internally so that the men’s programs are not interrupted too much. The men will not be permitted to leave the building unaccompanied. Group trips to open aired areas will be scheduled so that the men can get some fresh air and exercise. We are hoping that these efforts will help alleviate “cabin fever.”

Chapel/Celebrate Recovery:
Chapel and Celebrate Recovery will not be open to the public at this time.

Thrift Store:
Our retail store will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17. We will continue to accept donations Monday – Saturday 9:30am – 4:00pm. Please look for our box truck in the parking lot to put your donations (north side of the building).

Volunteers:
For the time being, we have suspended all volunteer activities.

Staff:
Our staff are practicing social distancing. All “non-essential” personnel and those with compromised immune systems were especially encouraged to stay home. Those who have chosen to stay home will operate in their homes as much as is possible and will not be permitted to come back to work until they are given the OK by the Administration. Those who will be continuing to come into work will be practicing social isolation as best as they can.

As always, we thank you for your support of the Mission and your understanding as we navigate this challenging and unknown time.

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