July 14, 2020


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Volunteer Ministry Center has adjusted its operations in order to maintain safety and well-being for neighbors (those we serve), volunteers and staff.   For information, please call 524-3926. Beginning July 1, 2020, VMC will be following the Tennessee Pledge: Reopening Tennessee Responsibly. (See, 


Practices and Schedules for Month of July 2020: 

VMC continues the requirement of wearing masks for all staff, visitors, volunteers 

and neighbors while in VMC buildings. Social distancing, frequent hand washing

and/or sanitizing remain a must. Staff and volunteers agree not to come to the

building if any of the conditions apply:  

  • Had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days, and/or 

  • Experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat, and/or 

  • Had a fever in the last 48 hours, and/or 

  • Had new loss of taste or smell, and/or 

  • Isolated after a positive COVID-19 for less than ten (10) days, or 

  • Symptoms remain after isolating for ten days but not 72 hours symptom free.  

  • In addition, every staff/ volunteer acknowledges to have been monitoring for

COVID-19 if travelled out of state in the past seven (7) days from the day of coming into the building.  If any of the above conditions are present within this seven-day window, staff/volunteers will immediately seek testing.  Staff will notify their immediate supervisor and volunteers will notify the Chief Executive Officer of the administration of the test and refrain from entering the building until receiving a negative result or completing the isolation period of ten or more days. 


Volunteer activities will resume with restrictions and limitations. 


The Foyer and Resource Center continue to offer pre and post-housing services to neighbors with enhanced hygiene/cleaning protocols while observing social distancing. Non-contact forehead temperature checks occur daily along with wearing masks.  Given the recent increase in positive cases, meal group participation will be suspended for the rest of July and through the end of August. Volunteer meal groups who have made reservations to serve in the month of July may keep their scheduled times but must observe the limit of five (5) individuals or less AND must remain in the kitchen area. Please advise Angela Lister at 865-924-3055 to confirm meal schedule. 


The Dental Clinic will be open every Wednesday and Friday during the month of July by appointment only. 


The Bush Family Refuge is providing limited services via curbside. Rental assistance and CHAMP assessments are by appointment only. Curbside assistance with clothing, birth certificates, state IDs, homeless letters, mail and non-narcotic prescriptions is available Monday through Friday between 12:30pm and 2:30pm.  


Minvilla Manor will continue to prohibit social visits during the month of July. 


Finally, the best way to continue supporting VMC’s on-going work is to do so with a financial contribution. A financial contribution affords us the flexibility to meet the ever-changing situations that arise daily. You can mail your gift or make an on-line donation at We are so grateful for your support and may all be safe and well! 

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