The FOOD PANTRY is still open during regular distribution times (Tue 5:30-7:30 pm, Thursday and Saturdays 9:00 am-12:00 pm), but we have switched to a Drive-Thru model to practice social distancing until at least the end of May. Clients will drive into our warehouse and will check in from inside their vehicle. We have pre-bagged food and will load food into the vehicle for clients. This will allow us to continue offering food to those who need it while also maintaining safe distances for both our clients and our volunteers and staff.
We also have closed our case management offices to the public and are setting up phone/video teleconferencing appointments with those who need financial assistance with rent, utilities, medication, or similar needs. To schedule an appointment with a case worker, clients should either TEXT 417-719-1532 or EMAIL email@example.com with their name and need and we will schedule a time to meet with you remotely. Clients may also try calling 417-326-2769 to schedule an appointment.
If a person needs help paying for utilities, they are advised to call their electric or water provider first to see if that company is shutting off services. Many utility companies (including Liberty Utilities) have have suspended service shutoffs until after the Coronavirus crisis is over in order to maintain the physical health of their customers. However, these bills will likely be due in June.
Anyone who finds themselves in financial need because of reduced work hours or being laid off due to the coronavirus is encouraged to reach out to COM for assistance. The food pantry is available to help cut down on grocery bills and we can assist on a case-by-case basis with rent, utilities, and transportation. New clients will need to bring photo IDs for adults in the household, social security cards for everyone in the household, proof of address, and proof of income (if any).
The THRIFT STORE is temporarily closed, but will reopen on May 5 with a limit of 8 customers in the store at a time. We have also launched an online storefront where customers can still purchase items to support us. Both curbside pickup and delivery are options for online store purchases, and we hope to offer shipping soon. Customers choosing curbside pickup should still make sure that they have not had a fever in the past 72 hours prior to coming to pick up items. The website for the online store can be accessed at www.GoldenRuleThrift.com
ELECTRONICS & CARDBOARD RECYCLING are still available on M,W,F from 10-3.
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