Want to join us in making a difference? We are raising money to help one of the greatest unsung heroes of the COVID-19 crisis—those who are on the front lines serving people who are homeless, hungry, abused, and addicted. In the face of tremendous risk of exposure, rescue mission staff have continued to work day after day to keep this very vulnerable population safe and on the road to a better life. Their efforts have been very successful. Early in the pandemic, many experts predicted there would be ten thousand deaths in the homeless community due to COVID-19. To date, the death rate, and even the hospitalization rate, of people who are homeless has been far, far less than the rates for the general population.
Unfortunately, this outcome has come at a cost. To date, ministries participating in Citygate Network’s self-funded healthcare plan have experienced well over $1 Million of unforeseen claims as a direct result of COVID-19. The plan has ensured that mission employees and their dependents have received excellent care, but, because the plan is self-funded, these organizations have, collectively, shouldered their own costs. While these missions have asked volunteers to remain safely at home, mission staff members have served throughout very difficult circumstances, and some have landed in the ICU.
In this unprecedented time we are calling all Americans to come together to financially support these organizations that have served sacrificially to keep vulnerable people safe and on the road to recovery. Any funds donated will go directly toward limiting financial losses as a result of healthcare claims.
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For more than a century, one group has been tracking with the tragic conditions of desperate and disenfranchised people in North America. Members of Citygate Network have been on the sidewalks and in the face of what to many has been a faceless problem. Citygate Network-member facilities have a reputation for being havens of hope for all who enter.
Founded in 1906, Citygate Network has some 300 member ministries across North America. In most cities, a member of Citygate Network is the most comprehensive homeless services provider, and in some cities, it is the only homeless services provider. Each year, Citygate Network members serve approximately 70 million meals, provide more than 20 million nights of shelter and housing, assist some 45,000 people in finding employment, provide clothing to more than 750,000 people, and graduate nearly 20,000 homeless men and women from addiction recovery programs into productive living. The ramification of their work positively influences surrounding communities in countless ways.