The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that is rapidly changing our world obviously affects the ministries of Missouri Baptist Children's Home. Like everyone else, we are continuing to monitor this pandemic very closely. We are adjusting policies and procedures which allow us to follow the guidelines and restrictions developed by the health and governmental authorities. We balance that with continuing to provide care to children, youth, and families.
Missouri Baptist Children's Home cares for children and youth, of whom 90% are in state custody and placed in our care by the state of Missouri. Under the guidelines of Governor Parson, MBCH is an essential service provider and our employees are permitted to report to work, despite imposed "shelter in place" or "stay at home" orders.
Internally, we are taking all the reasonable safety precautions that everyone has seen dozens of times by now--hand washing, social distancing, etc. We are also seeking and implementing protocols to limit the contact of our staff who work with children, youth, and families. We are doing as much of our work as possible by using the technology at our disposal. In all this, the safety and well-being of our clients are paramount.
Since the schools our children and youth attend are closed, our residents are restricted to their individual campuses. Home visits are being done practicing social distancing and using technology as practical. We are restricting visitors from coming on campus to meet with clients.
We will keep you informed of event cancellations. Some have already been announced and others are probably inevitable. Please watch our websites for these updates.
Missouri Baptist Children's Home is a Christian faith-based agency that believes in a powerful God who can provide protection, peace, and assurance during turbulent times such as these. We trust that He will provide you with the wisdom, ability, and resources to continue to minister to the children, youth, and families to make a lasting difference in their lives.
Thank you for your continuing prayers and support.
Russell L. Martin, President
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