May 12, 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.
With the phased reopening announcement by the City and County Mayors, VMC will
observe the 28-day, three phase strategy as presented. Phase One goes into effect
May 1st. (https://knoxvilletn.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_109478/File/MayorsOffice/
Phase One Practices and Schedules
Masks are required for all staff and neighbors while in VMC buildings.
All volunteer opportunities remain suspended, including meal groups. If you would like
to provide and drop off food for a meal, call and schedule a time with Angela Lister
The Dental Clinic remains closed through Phase One.
The Bush Family Refuge is providing rental assistance for households. There will be no in-person interviews as curbside pickup/drop off for paperwork will be available. Families in subsidized housing are not eligible as eviction proceedings are not being heard during this time. In addition, limited clothing distribution is available by curbside.
As the designated access point for Coordinated Entry, CHAMP assessments (Coordinated Housing Assessment and Match Plan) are by appointment only.
The Foyer, Resource Center and Minvilla Manor 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. Social visits are not permitted at Minvilla Manor.
The Guest House will continue to offer a quarantine/isolation shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness and who await the results of their COVID-19 tests.
Looking Ahead: Phase Two Practices and Schedules
Masks will be required for all staff and neighbors while in VMC buildings.
The Dental Clinic will be open one day a week, starting June 1st by appointment only.
The Bush Family Refuge will continue assistance with rent as stated above and will offer clothing by “curb-side service” only during Phase Two.
The Resource Center, The Foyer and Minvilla Manor will follow Phase One practices during Phase Two. (Volunteer meal groups will be phased in with restrictions of five (5) people in a group starting with Phase Three.)
The Guest House will close after May 29th.
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 www.vmcinc.org. Ever so grateful for your support and may all be safe and well!