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Responding to COVID-19

UPDATED MAY 27, 2021

As we continue moving toward increased confidence in gathering together and fellowshipping in groups, we have decided to open our Men’s and Women’s Campuses up to client/family visitation.

The Women’s Campus will be scheduling personal visits between individual clients and family starting in June. The Men’s Campus will be conducting visitations every Friday from 11:00am-3:00pm, beginning June 4th, 2021. The visitations will be limited to clients in Week 6 of the program. Each client will submit up to 3 family members plus children for a visitation pass.

We are taking applications for new clients.

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UPDATED MARCH 22, 2021

The Home of Grace is pleased to announce that we are now allowing limited visitors to our campuses for graduation. Our graduation services are held each Friday at 10:00 am (Women’s Campus) and 1:00 pm (Men’s Campus). Each graduating client will be allowed to register 2 immediate family members and their children. Immediate family members are defined as those living at the same residence as the client.

Accommodations will be made in order to provide a socially-responsible space for each family in attendance. We encourage all visitors to wear masks during the graduation ceremony as we celebrate the divine work the Lord has done in the lives of our beloved.

We are taking applications for new clients.

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UPDATED MARCH 3, 2021

We are pleased to announce that our business operating model at the Home of Grace is nearing an atmosphere of “normalcy.” Mississippi Governor Reeves has massively scaled back COVID-19 protocols in Mississippi. We are thankful the negative impact of the virus on our campuses has been minimal and look forward to caring for men and women in need of addiction recovery services.

Both campuses will continue to stock Personal Protective Equipment (PPP) and will adhere to social distancing best practices moving forward. Our campuses will remain closed to outside visitors until further notice, and all new clients will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 rapid test result before entry into the program.

We are taking applications for new clients.

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Previous Announcements

UPDATED FEBRUARY 1, 2021

As we move forward into 2021, the Home of Grace continues to operate with only minimal impact from COVID-19. Currently, there are about 75 clients at the men’s campus in Vancleave and about 20 clients at the women’s campus in Gautier. All clients are doing well and are virus free.

We require incoming clients to submit a negative rapid test for COVID-19 (unless special circumstances apply) prior to intake into the recovery program. If a client meets the special circumstances requirement and needs a COVID-19 test at intake, the client will be quarantined 2-3 days and then tested. Incoming clients who test positive are sent home for 14 days before returning to the program.

Meanwhile, measures continue in place on both campuses to protect the health of clients and staff. As much as possible, we are following the safety measures recommended by the CDC which include safe practices such as social distancing, hand-washing, and wearing masks when proper distancing cannot be maintained. We have also implemented much of the COVID-19 Guidance for Behavioral Health Facilities issued by the National Council for Behavioral Health. The adoption of these safe practices has no doubt greatly minimized the impact of the virus on our programs.

We will continue to monitor updates from health and governmental authorities and will make necessary adjustments as required to maintain a healthy and safe environment for our clients. We are certainly thankful for the Lord’s help and protection thus far, and we continue to trust Him for wisdom as we move forward during this time.

We are taking applications for new clients.

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UPDATED OCTOBER 14, 2020

Since reopening in May, the Home of Grace has continued to operate with only minimal impact from COVID-19. Currently, there are about 70 clients at the men’s campus in Vancleave and about 25 clients at the women’s campus in Gautier. All clients are doing well and are virus free.

We continue to test incoming clients for COVID-19 and keep them quarantined until they receive medical clearance. This process usually takes 2 to 3 days. Incoming clients who test positive are sent home for 14 days before returning to the program.

Meanwhile, measures continue in place on both campuses to protect the health of clients and staff. As much as possible, we are following the safety measures recommended by the CDC which include safe practices such as social distancing, hand-washing, and wearing masks when proper distancing cannot be maintained. We have also implemented much of the COVID-19 Guidance for Behavioral Health Facilities issued by the National Council for Behavioral Health. The adoption of these safe practices has no doubt greatly minimized the impact of the virus on our programs.

We will continue to monitor updates from health and governmental authorities and will make necessary adjustments as required to maintain a healthy and safe environment for our clients. We are certainly thankful for the Lord’s help and protection thus far, and we continue to trust Him for wisdom as we move forward during this time.

We are taking applications for new clients.

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UPDATED JULY 17, 2020

The Home of Grace is now fully operational and receiving new clients into both the men’s and women’s three-month recovery programs. Currently, there are about 70 clients at the men’s campus in Vancleave and about 20 clients at the women’s campus in Gautier.

All incoming clients are tested for COVID-19 and are limited in their activity on campus until they have received medical clearance. This process usually takes 3 to 4 days. Thus far, no incoming client at either campus has tested positive.

Meanwhile, measures are in place on both campuses to protect the health of clients and staff. As much as possible, we are following the safety measures recommended by the CDC which include safe practices such as social distancing, handwashing, and wearing masks when proper distancing cannot be maintained. We have also implemented much of the “COVID-19 Guidance for Behavioral Health Facilities” issued by the National Council for Behavioral Health. We are thankful that thus far no client or staff member has been infected with the virus.

We will continue to monitor updates from health and governmental authorities and will make necessary adjustments as required to maintain a healthy and safe environment on both campuses. With the Lord’s grace and help we intend to press forward in our mission of providing Christ-centered recovery programs for women and men in need. 

We are taking applications for new clients.

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UPDATED MAY 22, 2020

We are happy to announce that by June 1, about 75 men and women will have re-entered or newly entered the Home of Grace program, which is approximately 40% capacity. There is a limited bed space due to special health protocols that were put in place to offer each client and staff member the safest campus environment possible. Every client who exited the program due to COVID-19 and has expressed interested in returning has done so.

Changes in the program’s structure and schedule have been an ever-evolving process as we navigate this new challenge. We strive to offer the best possible environment at both campuses for our men and women to find healing for their hurting soul and hope for their future. 

We are taking applications for new clients.

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UPDATED MAY 1, 2020

The Home of Grace has made the decision to begin gradually reopening the program beginning Monday, May 4th. A limited number of clients who were in the program at the time suspension will be contacted by their counselor and given the option to return to campus. This will be done on a seniority basis. Those who had completed the most time in the program will be contacted first.

The clients who do return to campus will stay in a room by themselves for 14 days in order to ensure they do not have an active case of COVID-19. If the client has shown no symptoms after 14 days, he or she will then be moved into a room with other clients. A number of special health protocols will be in place to make the campus as safe as possible. Those returning can expect some significant changes in the structure and schedule of the program.

Obviously, the restriction of one person per room means that not everyone can be invited back at once. The plan is to bring clients back as rooms become available until all who want to return have done so. Please continue to be patient as we try to get back up and running as safely as possible.

For those who were enrolled at the time the program was suspended, please note: your counselor will contact you when a room is available for you and will give you instructions on how to schedule your reentry into the program.

We are thankful we have reached the point where we can begin this process and are prayerful that we will soon be back in full operation.

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UPDATED APRIL 21, 2020

Government leaders and medical experts are beginning to think about how to gradually ease the social restrictions that have been in place because of the COVID-19 virus. As they do so, we at the Home of Grace are also beginning to plan the process for reopening our programs, and we are praying that we will be able to do so soon.

We are closely monitoring the daily updates from the White House Coronavirus Task Force and government agencies like the CDC, as well as directives from state and local authorities. The news lately has been encouraging. When we see that we can legally and safely do so, we are committed to resuming our programs as soon as possible.

Our counselors have faithfully reached out to those of you who were in the program when it was suspended. They have continued to offer opportunities for virtual counseling and counseling by phone on a weekly basis. We are thankful the report has come back that over 90% of you are still doing well and the vast majority of you intend to return to campus when we reopen. We are optimistic that you will soon receive a call from your counselor inviting you to return. Until that time, it is important that we all continue to be safe and follow the directives and guidelines of the medical and government authorities so the restrictions can be lifted sooner. 

Our entire staff is praying daily for God’s guidance as we make important decisions regarding the timing and process for reopening. Additional updates and announcements will be posted here at this website as they become available.

UPDATED APRIL 1, 2020

In accordance with the White House Coronavirus Task Force guidelines and recommendations, the Home of Grace continues to observe social distancing practices by continuing counseling services to current clients through virtual means. Home of Grace leadership has determined that campuses will remained closed, at the very least, through the first week of May. However, new applications are being accepted and will be notified when the campus re-opens. Call (228) 826-5283 for more information.

A virtual program is being developed for current clients to resume their program remotely and make advancement toward receiving a graduation certificate at the end of their 12-week completion. More information will follow.

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UPDATED MARCH 18, 2020

As the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) infection becomes increasingly unavoidable, the Home of Grace leadership has decided to temporarily close the men’s and women’s campuses for current and new clients until further notice. Clients whose program has been suspended as a result of the closure may re-enter at a later time when we feel it is safe to do so. Until such time, continue to check this page and our Facebook page for the most current information, or subscribe to receive email notifications below.

Though there has been no indication that the virus has reached anyone within the organization, the executive leadership and board of directors have agreed that such precautions must be taken for the safety of our staff and clients.

Due to the unpredictable nature of the virus, details of program re-entry and enrollment are, as of now, indefinite. We will continue to monitor the situation and observe all recommendations given by the CDC, Mississippi Department of Health and other Government officials. We will communicate with clients and families as new information arises. Check the Home of Grace website often for the most current information (www.homeofgrace.org/coronavirus).

Your support is needed now more than ever.

Please continue to help us be a lighthouse among the darkness of addiction.

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