Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier President and CEO Robyn L. Krueger issued the following statements on Monday:
For the past 95 years, Community Missions has provided compassionate support to its Niagara neighbors during their times of need. In keeping with this tradition, the organization is announcing the following changes to its programming in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, in order to protect the health and well-being of those we serve.
The following changes to normal programming will begin the morning of Tuesday, March 17, and continue for the foreseeable future:
•Beginning on March 17, the Community Kitchen will shift to distributing “to-go” meals to the community. These meals will be available from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. each Monday through Saturday at its front service door, facing Buffalo Avenue.
•The Clothes Closet and furniture giveaway programs have been suspended. This also means that no donations of items for these programs will be accepted.
•The food pantry program will continue to operate during its normally scheduled hours (1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons). Clients will be provided their groceries at the door of the pantry.
•Volunteers (including those performing community service) and community members will not be admitted into Community Missions’ facilities.
•Congregate meetings held at CMI facilities are cancelled. This includes community groups such as Narcotics Anonymous, resident meetings, staff trainings, etc.
•Functioning of other specific mental health and youth programs are being considered on a case-by-case basis. Residential programs are still operational, with increased precautions.
•The Emergency Housing Shelter will remain open during this time, with increased precautions. Emergency food for the community will continue to be provided at the main site, 1570 Buffalo Ave.
Community Missions thanks the community for its understanding and support throughout its history, and especially during times such as these.