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Non-Profit Helping to Keep Homeless Safe From COVID-19

Posted at 8:35 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 10:11:59-04

TULSA, Okla. — The Center of Hope is meant to be a safe haven for those experiencing homelessness.

Public Relations Manager Sara Kleinecke tells us they are doing their best to remain a place for the homeless to use as a resource, even with the Coronavirus cases in Tulsa County.

"Across the board, we are just going to continue to educate our employees, just make sure that your washing your hands, doing the hand sanitizer." Leinecke said. "Just really keeping up with that at this time."

Sara Kleinecke says their biggest concern right now is safety of employees, and those who are seeking help from the Salvation Army.

"It is meant for people to just come in, get away from the elements a little bit, we offer warm coffee, they can hang out in our lobby, and that is something we've had going on," Kleinecke said.

She tells us they take in nearly 200 homeless people every night, and they aren't always the same, so they have increased their cleaning methods.

"Everything we are doing at the Center of Hope with those high traffic areas, every hour wiping down those door handles and things like that, that's happening at the boys and girls club, it's happening at area commands," Kleinecke said.

She says homeless numbers haven't increased, and aside from cleaning door knobs and tables they make sure any germs brought in the building are taken care of.

"What we are trying to do is just stay in the know of what's going on," Kleinecke said. "Stay in the know of what's going on, increasing those cleaning practices and really just following the lead of what the Cities Health Department is telling us and what the CDC is telling us."

For more information on the Center of Hope click here.

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