April 16, 2020
Dear Friends of Redwood Glen, I wanted to send a note to let you know what Redwood Glen is doing to cope in these unprecedented times. First off, we celebrate and worship a risen Savior. We know that He is still in control. We have the faith that […]
Dear Friends of Redwood Glen,
I wanted to send a note to let you know what Redwood Glen is doing to cope in these unprecedented times.
First off, we celebrate and worship a risen Savior. We know that He is still in control. We have the faith that we will come through this pandemic stronger. At the same time, we recognize the brutal facts of our reality and are taking steps to make it through this severe time.
The staff have all been furloughed. All hours have been reduced to zero. Most of this fabulous group who call Redwood Glen their home have agreed to volunteer minimal hours to keep the water running, the garbage dumped, the doorknobs sanitized, the voice and emails listened to, read and answered, and the checks written. Currently, health benefits remain intact.
We have applied with the Christian Community Credit Union, to have our monthly mortgage payments deferred for the next four to six months.
We have applied for a Small Business Economic Disaster Loan administered under the CARES Act.
We are also working with a financial institution to apply for the Paycheck Protection Plan loan, also through the CARES Act.
We have communicated with vendors with whom we owe money to work out payment delays and options.
We are taking cost-savings measures by turning down the power in non-essential buildings.
Staff is purchasing food through our food vendor, cutting down the costs by buying items in bulk while decreasing the time spent in grocery stores.
We are also working on a plan so that, when the day comes, we can host groups again. We will have protocols in place to keep our guests and staff safe.
At the moment we have no idea when the “Shelter in Place” order will be lifted, or what size groups will be allowed to gather, or even if some of our summer guest groups still plan to come, or plan to cancel. We just know that when the next guest arrives, we will be ready.
Keep our Board of Directors in prayer as we are meeting weekly now to stay on top of all the new developments which are happening almost daily.
Keep our staff in prayer as this shut down is affecting them financially. Some staff don’t qualify for unemployment benefits which is hitting them especially hard.
Lift me up in prayer. Sharon has retired and I am scheduled to retire in September. We are trying to sell our home and plan to move to Florida to be near our son, Jeff, and his wife, who is pregnant with their first-born. There have been some issues with the preparations of our home and any delay could hinder the purchase of a home in Florida. And if this pandemic goes on through the summer, it could throw everything into a tizzy.
And please, please, please, pray for our summer program camps, scheduled to begin June 14 with Discovery Camp. Pray that we can be open to serve these kids and share the gospel of Jesus Christ to them in a very meaningful way.
Until then our only source of income is from our generous donors. We ask that if you have not been affected financially by this pandemic that you would consider donating to Redwood Glen. Click on the button at the bottom to give via credit or debit card.
To close, let me share what one pastor here on the peninsula shared with his congregation a week ago promoting their online Easter program:
“In case you thought everything in the world had been closed up, shut down, turned off or quarantined, you should know that some things have not been cancelled:
The resurrection hasn’t been cancelled.
The tomb hasn’t been re-filled.
Love has not been quarantined.
Helping your neighbor has not been forbidden.
Inspiration, laughter, music, prayer and joy are contagions you can spread. The beauty of the earth, and poetry, and great books, and noble thoughts, and Zoom dinners, and neighborhood walks, and unhurried phone calls, and sunrises are all encouraged by the CDC.
This season will pass.
Somethings have not changed:
We’re still not in control.
Courage still trumps fear.
Birds still sing early in the morning.
New lives keep being born.
Nurses and doctors and teachers are still heroes.
This season will pass.
Thank you for your continued support of Redwood Glen. It means so much.