Homeless Assistance campus provides COVID-19 testing for homeless

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Posted at 1:06 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 14:06:20-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Throughout the past seven weeks, Hope Faith Ministries teamed up with several organizations, called the Homeless Assistance Campus, to provide services for the homeless.

It's located just outside Hope Faith, on the corner of 7th Street and Virginia Avenue. They teamed up with the Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness, ReStart, Reconciliation Services, Heart to Heart International and Swope Health.

Every Monday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Swope Health brings its mobile medical unit to the campus to provide free COVID-19 testing for people who are experiencing any symptoms.

Many of the services that are provided at the campus are outside. Hope Faith Executive Director, Jaysen VanSickle said they plan to continue to do outside services until later this fall.

"The virus is still out there and doesn’t mean because they’re coming back online that the virus is going to go just away," VanSickle said. "So for us we’re making sure that we remain outside and we’re remaining vigilant and we remain keeping everything clean and sanitized."

He said they're also limiting the amount of volunteers to ensure everyone's health and safety.

"We’re going to remain very stringent because, up to this point, for six weeks, we’ve actually remained healthy and the only way we can lose that amount of weeks is if someone from the outside brings it to us," VanSickle said.

However, they are looking for health care providers who are able to donate their time to help.

The Homeless Assistance Campus is open six days a week. It's open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Thursdays, it's open from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Saturdays, it's open from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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