Denominational facilities are closed to visitors, most staff to work from home

The Church of the Brethren denominational staff are minimizing the number of personnel present at both the General Offices in Elgin, Ill., and the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., in light of health authorities’ advice to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

At this time, both sites are closed to visitors and vendors.

The Illinois Governor has issued an order requiring residents to “stay at home” (shelter in place) until April 7. With that order the General Offices will be closed until April 7 to non-essential personnel. Most staff based at the General Offices will work remotely from home.

At the Brethren Service Center warehouse a policy has been put in place to receive disaster relief donations for the Material Resources program. The warehouse building will be locked, with signs posted for donors/visitors to call contact numbers if there are any questions. Signs are posted with instructions for leaving donations at the door or in the White Box Truck. Volunteer groups have been cancelled for a month.

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