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In the face of COVID-19, City Gospel Mission's call 'hasn't changed'

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Posted at 5:48 AM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 08:10:13-04

SHARONVILLE, Ohio — When COVID-19 entered the Tri-State, City Gospel Mission thought about those experiencing homelessness and how best to care for them.

"Even though we're in crisis, the call hasn't changed," Roger Howell, president of City Gospel Mission, said. "Our staff is committed to helping people."

City Gospel Mission in the West End opened their doors to 74 men experiencing homelessness when the outbreak began. When social distancing came into play, the space City Gospel Mission used in the West End wasn't large enough to keep everyone at least six-feet apart. The staff knew they needed a large space.

With that in mind, the staff worked out a deal with the Clarion Hotel in Sharonville so that 37 of the men staying at the City Gospel Mission would be given rooms in the hotel. That, and a handful of private donations, have helped City Gospel Mission continue to help those in need in the community.

"Men came to our shelter because they needed a little bit of assistance, a little bit of a boost, somebody to care for them," Howell said. "So we're going to keep doing it."