COVID-19 Update from New Orleans

News from NOLA

May 18, 2020
New Orleans has entered Phase One of reopening; this does not yet include overnight camps or senior centers.

We are awaiting further guidance on Phase Two and beyond and are aiming to have an evaluation of our Summer 2020 activity prospects completed by the beginning of June.

We continue to accept bookings for 2021. Contact us if you would like to explore a 2021 trip.

Food security continues to be a major challenge for many; with support from the Greater New Orleans Foundation, we have partnered with Nola Tree Project, Sovereign Hope Apostolic Fellowship and Cornerstone United Methodist Church to provide meal deliveries to seniors and those with compromised immune systems in New Orleans East who have requested help via the 311 hotline.

April 3, 2020
As we continue taking the necessary social-distancing precautions, New Orleans’ healthcare system may be over capacity as soon as this weekend. There are many other places around the country and the world in the exact same situation.

We have suspended our volunteer operations at Camp Restore – New Orleans and have ceased gatherings at our senior centers indefinitely. We continue working with the City of New Orleans and partners including the New Orleans Council on Aging, LowerNine.org, and Second Harvest to connect nutritional and food-bank support with our community at this time.

Here are some ways to consider making a difference from home:
  • Social distance, wash your hands and cover your cough.
  • Encourage one another. Bring light into someone’s day. Pray.
  • If you have access to a stock of N95 masks, donate them to your local healthcare provider.
  • If you are able, donate to your local healthcare nonprofits.
  • If you are already booked for Summer 2020, sit tight – we may still have an opportunity to serve together.
  • Once we are able to resume normal activities, we will have a lot of catching up to do. Consider booking a group for 2021.
Above all, love one another and be a light wherever you may be. We will get through this, with God’s help.

Kurt Jostes
Executive Director
Camp Restore – New Orleans (RAI Ministries)

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