CINCINNATI — St. Francis Seraph Ministries reopened its eating room in Over-the-Rhine Monday for the primary time because the begin of the coronavirus pandemic.
The nonprofit group closed its eating room March 13 to maintain its company protected and has distributed greater than 40,000 bagged meals since then, stated Government Director Chris Schuermann.
Schuermann and her workforce have been working to reopen the eating room because the pandemic continues to rage and the climate will get colder.
“Individuals need to be hopeful,” she stated. “This eight months of being closed for the homeless has simply been horrible. It’s actually been exhausting to look at the quantity of people that’ve been unsheltered with no place to go to eat a meal.”
New security protocols in place embody temperature screenings for all company as they enter the constructing. Friends should additionally wash their palms outdoors at a hand-washing station, put on masks and use hand sanitizer after they enter.
St. Francis Seraph Ministries can also be requiring identification for every visitor in case any contact tracing is important, Schuermann stated. Friends who don’t wish to present their identification can take a bagged dinner as an alternative, she stated.
Solely 30 to 40 individuals are allowed within the eating room at anybody time, she stated. Every group will get about 20 minutes to every. Volunteers then sanitize the eating room earlier than the subsequent group enters.
The group will proceed to distribute bagged breakfast meals between 7:30 a.m. and eight:30 a.m. Monday by Friday from its location at 1615 Republic St. Friends can also get a sack lunch after they choose up breakfast.
The eating room can be open from 4-6 p.m. Monday by Friday, with the potential to increase these hours to accommodate extra folks, Schuermann stated.
St. Francis Seraph Ministries depends on volunteers to serve dinner. Extra information on volunteering and other ways to help is available online.
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