National Mission Institutions

National Mission Institutions on the Front Lines

Crossroads Urban Center provides essential services to those impacted by COVID-19

National Mission Institutions on the Front Lines
Crossroad Urban Center’s in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, was originally built as a private home in 1903.

Our National Mission Institutions (NMIs) are on the front lines serving those impacted by COVID-19 and the quarantine mandates. These institutions, for whom United Methodist women provide support, are doing their best to maintain essential services as they experience increasing needs. With economic impact due to loss of wages, childcare facilities not operating, layoffs, and small business closings, the already vulnerable clients they serve have been immediately impacted..

Crossroads Urban Center in Salt Lake City provides services primarily to the homeless population but are seeing an increase in new families who are seeking services due to the loss of employment. They have started curbside distribution of their food pantry and voucher program and are working to urge the Governor to announce a moratorium on evictions. They are also advocating for temporary forgiveness of loans for property owners who are willing to defer rental payments. Glenn Bailey, Executive Director, shared the impact of COVID-19 on his staff and clients, “We're doing all we can.  We provide essential services to a vulnerable community, but I also need to consider the health and wellbeing of my staff. It's a balancing act."

NMIs that provide mental health counseling and residential services report also having to balance maintaining vital programs and finding staff willing to work in at-risk conditions.  And the need is only expected to increase as these centers deal with the long-term societal effects of the pandemic. 

Please keep our NMIs in your prayers and thank you for your continued giving.  Your gifts through any of the 5 channels of Mission Giving support our NMIs today and your gifts to The Legacy Fund Endowment will support our NMIs in the future.  Our mission work as United Methodist Women is more important than ever.

Christi Campos is Executive for Development and Donor Relations with United Methodist Women.

Posted or updated: 4/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

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