Our community needs help now more than ever: Refuge of Hope in need of volunteers

As we as a community face the COVID-19 pandemic head-on, those in need are being hit hard now more than ever. With that, Refuge of Hope Ministries is seeing a need for volunteers. Please see the below message from Refuge of Hope’s Director of Operations, Tim O’Neill.

Hello Refuge of Hope Volunteer Family!!!

First and foremost, we absolutely miss seeing your smiling faces and the blur of green aprons in the kitchen.

We pray that you and your families are doing well during this time of COVID 19 caution.

Without a doubt, March has certainly been an unusual but amazing month. The outpouring of donations and support has been so encouraging to witness here at the mission (someday ask me about the 900lb Hash Brown we received 😊). On March 16, we made changes to our mode of operation by now providing lunch on Mon through Sat (before only Tue, Fri & Sat). As a result, all meals are now prepared in “to go” containers and distributed in the dining room vestibule while maintaining a six-foot barrier. On average, we are producing over 400 meals each day and from a staff perspective, it’s all hands-on deck.

There are still many of you who have continued to volunteer during this medical crisis and we cannot thank you enough for your help. However with the increase in daily meals, we have come to the point where we need more volunteer help.

If you do have interest, I can ensure you that we are following all of the medical guidelines and precautions set by Governor DeWine. For example, all volunteers, staff and residents must have their temperature taken at the beginning of each shift and only Refuge of Hope staff and allowed within the food distribution area. All shelter residents are confined to the shelter area and all surfaces are sanitized before and after each meal. Please understand that if you have any type of medical condition or are within the high risk age…thank you but please continue to stay home at this time.

If you would like to volunteer, we are still in need of kitchen help Mon through Fri to prep dinner (noon to 3pm) and also to fill “to go” containers (4:15 to 5:30). Please contact me (Tim) for available times and dates (330) 453-1785 or email.

Again, thank you for your willingness to serve at Refuge of Hope Ministries and we cannot wait to see all of you back in a green apron soon.

In the meantime, we pray that God will continue to place a hedge of protection around you and your family during this time of medical caution.

Tim O’Neill
Director of Operations
Refuge of Hope Ministries

If you feel safe in doing so and are not in the high risk population for contracting COVID-19, we hope you will consider supporting Refuge of Hope Ministries throughout this time. To learn more about Refuge of Hope, please visit www.refugeofhope.org.