Springfield’s Victory Mission has been working hard to house homeless men during the COVID-19 outbreak and has taken creative steps to keep any men in their care from being displaced.
The ministry announced changes to their Victory Square housing facility that reduced the overall bed capacity because of restrictions related to COVID-19. The Mission also added a quarantine room should any of the men in the facility begin to show signs of COVID-19.
However, the Mission was able to offset the loss of beds at the Victory Square facility by turning a portion of Victory Mission’s Administrative building into temporary housing for the men in their Men’s Restoration program.
The Mission is part of the city’s COVID-19 Housing Task Force and is working through them to fill any bed that may become available during the stay at home order.
Victory also changed their “Lifted” program, which provided classes and family-style meals in the evening, to a sack lunch takeaway service for anyone who needs a meal. They are also working with other groups in the area to provide food for those in need.
The group is asking for donations to help with their outreach:
- Pasta + Pasta Sauce
- Plastic bowls and cutlery
- Shelf-stable individually-wrapped sides (chips, fruit cups, etc.)
- Individual non-alcoholic drinks (juice/water/tea/sports drinks)
- Paper goods (plates, cups, napkins)
- Lunch sacks
- To-go containers
- Brand new plastic bags
They are also taking financial donations in lieu of physical donations if someone wants to help but does not want to leave their home. Details can be found on the Victory Mission website.
The organization’s food pantry is also remaining open on limited hours, although their clothing pantry is closed. The food pantry is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to Noon. Anyone needing their services should text 864-2219 when arriving to sign in and food will be brought to them.