From Monday, May 18, the new freedom under Level 2 means we can go up a gear at the Christchurch City Mission. We are excited at the possibilities for doing more now that we can interact more with our volunteers, supporters, donors and clients. Yes volunteers! Finally we can start reintroducing them back into our services. We missed them badly.
Here are a few ways we are changing up on Monday next week.
Foodbank clients will be welcomed back to our Hereford Street site from 9am to 3pm using a new call-and-collect service incorporating safe distancing and contact tracing procedures.
Clients will collect the food at an agreed time from our carpark to avoid gatherings in the reception area. This is all to do with keeping everyone safe.
Many people have asked about helping us with food donations and finally now there is a way.
From Monday, May 18, we will have a van parked inside the Mission gates to accept food donations.
At this stage we only want non-perishable items, and donors will need to go through our contact tracing process.
Donations will be gratefully received from 9am to 3pm.
Our Op Shops represent one of the biggest challenges to re-open because we need to make them safe to shop and work in.
For that reason they will re-open in a stages, starting with our spacious new Rangiora Op Shop on Monday, May 18. Shoppers will need to take part in contact tracing.
Sadly the re-openings won’t include our Kaiapoi shop which we have had to close permanently. Our central city store Mihana also won’t reopen in its container box and instead we will transform it into an online store which is likely to appear next month.
Op Shop donations
From Monday, May 25, we will be able to gratefully accept quality furniture, clothing and bric-a-brac donations at our Hereford Street store where a drive-through drop-off bay will be established.
Donations can be dropped off from 10am to 4pm.
Please only give us quality clothing and goods which someone else would be thrilled to have. Anything else can cost us dearly to dispose of. Thank you.
Community groups/day programmes/emergency accommodation
Our men’s and women’s day programmes which run under our Learning and Development Programme will re-open on Monday, May 18.
To keep within social distancing rules they will only be allowed up to 10 people including staff.
Our emergency accommodation facilities will also start taking in new clients.
Social work and counselling
Clients will continue to be helped over the phone as much as possible. But some will begin to receive face-to-face interactions, however only with appointments and with contact tracing in place.