Greeting to All the faithful volunteers, donors and friends of Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP).  

We want to Thank and Appreciate all who have reached out to us during this critical time surrounding the COVID-19 impact on GRIP and our community. We have made many changes to our daily operation to ensure the health and safety of our staff and our Homeless consumers are the priority. We can not support our consumers without first putting on our own life support.  That includes sterilization of our facility several times daily, washing hands, gloves, masks where appropriate and shorter hours of operation. We will be also be evaluating the health of staff daily including taking temperatures in compliance with County guidelines.

Our Shelter residents are sheltering in place like other households.  They also are asked to support social distancing with other shelter residence as much as possible.  We have a significant number of children that are all out of school. We are looking for volunteers that may be available to support a Homeschool model that will allow the educational process to continue for our Homeless children who are often behind and in need additional support.  

Our food service is currently ALL TAKE OUT, with the exception of our Shelter residents.  This means we have a much more restrictive menu. We remain committed to soup daily, sandwiches and other items that may be available.  We have experienced food and supply scarcity like many of you and need your support.  We have placed a short list of needed items on our website (gripcares.org) and also encourage you to donate to our efforts.  

Our Warming Center remains open on a reduced capacity.  Only for our Seniors, Disabled and Families. This ensures that we have the space needed to accommodate social distancing needed for our most at risk.

We are still servicing our Homeless in the Encampments of West County.  This is probably the most challenging of our work. Our staff are equipped with all the protection possible and they take food, water. hand sanitizer, hygiene kits, educational materials on COVID-19 while we encourage all to come to our facilities if needed for showers, laundry, mail service and case management.

Care Center Services are available daily from 9-3 offering Case Management and Health and Wellness assessment and Mental Health intervention and referrals. 

The need for volunteers is still a critical part of our organization however we understand the need for our Seniors to stay home.  Please take care our yourselves and when this emergency is over we hope to see you again.

We ask for prayers from all our congregations, donors, and friends. Understand that we operate in the spirit of hope, renewed commitment to family and community during these trying times.  Use this time to invest in yourselves and your families.

Feel free to call us or email with any thoughts or suggestions.

Sincerly,

Kathleen Sullivan

Executive Director
KSullivan@gripcommunity.org
510-233-2141 ext 302