Learn more about the next steps Ranch Hope is taking to best protect and serve our children, youth, families, staff, volunteers and community. Through this difficult time and uncharted territory we ask for your continued prayers and support of our ministry. Starting this week, our Development Team will begin working remotely, we ask for everyone’s patience in regards to receiving acknowledgement letters. Please see below for more information on Ranch Hope’s goals and next steps during this time.
March 23, 2020
As you know, Ranch Hope is committed to the safety, health and well-being of the children, youth and families we serve, our dedicated staff and committed volunteers. As the world community monitors the news about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I want to assure you that the administrative team at Ranch Hope is meeting daily both collectively (at 3:00 pm) and in smaller teams, keeping up to date on new information, listening to recommendations coming from appropriate Federal, State and Local authorities; all while also trying to keep our treatment community culture as normal and healthy as on any other day.
Of course, that has not been easy and we are in uncharted territories. Ranch Hope has created an Operational Plan to guide our decisions and I have never been prouder of our youth and staff who have been truly awesome! We have been in communication with the majority of the organizations we collaborate with to provide services, as well as our vendors. Our goal(s) for right now, are to provide the agencies with virtual options utilizing telecommunications as well as videoconferencing. We are currently utilizing Microsoft Teams and Zoom for videoconferencing, but are open to researching/evaluating other options as well.
We have decided to temporarily ask all visitors, volunteers and caseworkers to postpone visiting any of our locations. We have also made the decision to temporarily postpone all Therapeutic Home and weekend Family Visits until further notice all in an attempt to follow social distancing protocols, and keep our children and staff safe.
Currently, Salem County, where the Ranch Hope community is located has experienced its first case of reported COVID-19 this past weekend. The Ranch Hope community as a whole has not experienced any symptoms to date of COVID-19.
We will continue to monitor this situation and will regularly communicate with and follow guidelines as they are disseminated from local, state and national authorities. Please prayerfully consider continuing to support us financially as this has also placed an additional financial burden on the ministry. We pray for the health, safety and well-being of everyone.
Thank you for partnering with Ranch Hope in service to New Jersey’s children, youth and families!
Dave Bailey, Jr. | Chief Executive Officer