COVID-19 Current Information

June 17, 2020

The Market Street Mission Thrift store is excited to announce that we will be reopening to the public in a limited capacity starting June 22, 2020 with our regular hours, Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 4:30pm.

We are taking all necessary health precautions to ensure the safety of our community, customers, staff and volunteers. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this time.

Please note our new shopping guidelines:

  • We will allow a limited number of customers into the store for up to an hour at a time. Please use the queuing line at the front entrance of the store.
  • Facemasks will be required to enter the store until further notice.
  • Please follow the marked paths and directional arrows throughout the store.
  • We have installed vapor shields at the register.
  • The store will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis.

 

Our Donation Dock will be open with a limited capacity to accept donations. Due to an overwhelming response in donations, and limited storage space and volunteers, we have a limited capacity for larger donations at this time. We appreciate the generosity of our community!

  • Clothing donations can be made at the drop box in front of our store or at any of our other drop box locations (https://www.marketstreet.org/thrift-store/).
  • If you have non-clothing or larger items, please call us before coming to drop them off – 973-538-0427. This will save you and our team the disappointment of having to turn your donations away due to being full.

 

If you have a donation pickup request, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we do our best to accommodate as many pickups as possible. Please note our new donation pickup requirements: 

  • Please email photos of each item to dispatch@marketstreet.org. Please include your name, address and phone number.
  • Once we evaluate our availability and storage space for your items, we will contact you to schedule a pickup. (Our standard fees still apply.)
  • All furniture and donated items must be placed outside of the living space of your home (either in the garage, porch or outside). Unfortunately, we will not be able to enter your home at this time.
  • If you are unable to meet the above guidelines, we are committed to scheduling the pickup of your items at a later date once we are able to resume our normal operation (within the next three months).

 

We thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter. Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you soon!

June 1, 2020

The Market Street Mission continues to make health and safety a top priority.

The summer classes started on May 18th with our teachers utilizing Zoom and other technology to continue social distancing.

All of our staff are wearing masks when in the hallways and among other staff members. Our program staff are taking the temperature of each of our residents every evening, continuing to encourage good hygiene, and sharing regular reminders about health and symptoms.

We are utilizing off-site houses as a way to open our Life Change Recovery Program again. Men interested in our program will be quarantined and tested for COVID-19 before being allowed into our building. If you are interested in our program, please call the front desk for more information.

Our dining room remains closed for guests, but meals continue to be served “to-go” style at the front door of the Mission. Breakfast can be picked up outside the Mission Monday – Saturday from 6:15am – 6:45am, and Sunday from 7:00am – 7:30am; and dinner can be picked up Monday – Saturday from 5:30pm – 6:00pm, and Sunday from 4:30pm – 5:00pm.

Several of our administrative staff have started returning to the building, but will remain separated from our residents. Our staff are using separate offices, continuing to use Zoom for meetings instead of meeting in person, varying their hours, and wearing masks. Staff are also monitoring their health and symptoms.

Our Thrift Store and donation dock remain closed at this time. Please continue to follow us on social media for news about reopening.

April 20, 2020

COVID-19 has introduced more uncertainty to our world.  Even beyond fear of the virus, for many people schedules have been disrupted, employment threatened and social distancing has brought isolation and loneliness.

The Market Street Mission Community Counseling Center wants to be a place of hope and help in this time of uncertainty.  Our counselors’ Christ-centered orientation informs our approach and shapes our motivation as one of compassion and genuine concern. Undergirded with this perspective, our counselors utilize the most current practices of counseling theory.

If you can use a compassionate, professional listening ear right now, please email Melanie Molloy, MA, LAC at counseling@marketstreet.org or call 973-538-0140 to arrange an appointment and please mention that you saw this notice.

March 23, 2020

Thrift Store:

Starting Monday March 23, our Thrift Store will be closed in its entirety. The retail store portion remains closed, and now our donation drop off will also be closed.

March 17, 2020

As is the case everywhere, life at the Mission has changed rather quickly due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. The Mission has implemented several safeguards to attempt to keep all involved with the Mission as protected as possible while abiding by suggestions from the CDC and government.

Please note the following:

Emergency Services:
Our emergency overnight shelter will be open for those currently in the shelter. Those who entered the shelter were screened and will stay for at least 2 weeks. Overnight guests will not be allowed to leave during this time of social isolation.

Meals for guests will be prepared and distributed at the door. We will not be serving guests in our dining room. Breakfast can be picked up outside the Mission Monday – Saturday from 6:15am – 6:45am, and Sunday from 7:00am – 7:30am; and dinner can be picked up Monday – Saturday from 5:30pm – 6:00pm, and Sunday from 4:30pm – 5:00pm.

Life Change Recovery Program:
We have greatly limited access to the House. The men will not be attending outside AA/NA Meetings. We are adjusting to have as many meetings internally so that the men’s programs are not interrupted too much. The men will not be permitted to leave the building unaccompanied. Group trips to open aired areas will be scheduled so that the men can get some fresh air and exercise. We are hoping that these efforts will help alleviate “cabin fever.”

Chapel / Celebrate Recovery:
Chapel and Celebrate Recovery will not be open to the public at this time.

Thrift Store:
Our retail store, located at 25 George St, Morristown, will be closed starting Thursday, March 19. Our donation dock remains open and will continue to accept donations Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 3:30pm.

Counseling:
Most Community and Client Counseling sessions will now be held remotely via phone and video chat.

Volunteers:
For the time being, we have suspended all volunteer activities.

Staff:
Our staff are practicing social distancing. All “non-essential” personnel and those with compromised immune systems were especially encouraged to stay home. Those who have chosen to stay home will operate in their homes as much as is possible and will not be permitted to come back to work until they are given the OK by the Administration. Those who will be continuing to come into work will be practicing social isolation as best as they can.

As always, we thank you for your support of the Mission and your understanding as we navigate this challenging and unknown time.

March 13, 2020

At Market Street Mission, we are continuing to operate our Emergency Shelter, Life Change Program and meals for the public as usual. As an organization, we are following CDC guidelines and increasing cleaning and disinfecting within the facilities. We are specifically reeducating our clients on basic hygiene and hand washing, per the CDC guidelines.

We are also asking everyone to practice “Love your neighbor as yourself” – if you don’t feel well, please stay home.

Our April 5th Graduation at Fiddlers Elbow has been cancelled. Governor Murphy has requested that any gathering 250 and above be cancelled. We will comply with the Governor’s request.

 

Volunteers
All kitchen volunteers for the month of March and Volunteer Orientations have been canceled.

 

We will implement further actions should they be required.

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