Update: June 23, 2020

Rescue Mission CEO Rev. Bill Roscoe; Statement on coronavirus

Homeless people at the Boise Rescue Mission have been tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The infected people were all at one Mission shelter and except for one Guest, in the same dorm.

Last Thursday a Guest was taken to the hospital due to his poor health. At the hospital he was diagnosed with COVID-19. That same day, every guest and staff person at that shelter was tested for the virus. Several guests who had been in the same dorm as the infected guest tested positive, as did one who was in a different dorm. No other guests or staff tested positive. None of the infected guests, with the exception of the original guest who was hospitalized, have any symptoms of the virus and they have been moved to the city-sponsored hotel for quarantine.

Due to these positive cases, the shelter involved has gone back to the Shelter at Home policy for all guests and implemented the appropriate guidelines for the next 14 days.We are disappointed that the virus has crept into the Rescue Mission family, and we are doing everything that we can to contain it and stop any spread. I am confident that our guests and staff are as safe as they can be, are monitored as necessary, that our buildings are staying clean and sanitized, and that everyone will receive all of the support that they need.

The Mission Staff has gone above and beyond from the start of the threat to make the shelters safe and to protect every guest. We will continue that work and pray that all of our guests and staff are protected from the COVID virus, and that the infected persons to have a swift, full recovery.


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Update: March 17, 2020

Statement on Coronavirus

The Boise Rescue Mission Ministries leadership and staff have been preparing to address the possibility of a case of COVID19 at a Mission facility for over four weeks. The Rescue Mission currently provides shelter to more than 400 men, women and children at our five shelters in Ada and Canyon County. Currently the Mission provides over 800 meals every day.

The Mission has previously developed plans to react to large-scale emergencies, such as flood, fire, severe weather, and has maintained the necessary food and supplies to carry the organization through those possible events. We have plans already in place to isolate an infected Guest, or a number of Guests. 

“We have always served people with serious illnesses in our shelters and so the precautions that many in the community have been advised to take for COVID19, such as sanitizing surfaces, hand washing and good hygiene are standard practice at the Mission. We have redoubled our efforts and insured that our Guests are often reminded of precautions to take,” said Mission CEO, Rev. Bill Roscoe.

“This morning (3.17.2020), we identified a Guest at the River of Life Mission displaying what could be symptoms of COVID19. That Guest was evaluated by EMS professionals and taken to the hospital for testing. The Guest was returned to our shelter and placed into isolation as we await the test results.” Roscoe said.

The Boise Rescue Mission is a member of a national organization of rescue missions (City Gate Network / Citygatenetwork.org) and from the first notice of the virus we have been receiving factual information about the disease, how to reduce risk of infection and how to manage any guests or staff who may become infected. We are monitoring State and Federal information related to the virus as well.

Rescue Mission Staff are educating Mission Guests about how the virus spreads and providing that information as well as the necessary resources and supplies throughout all Mission facilities.  Mission Guests are advised to report any symptoms to Staff and to seek medical evaluation immediately. We will continue to be very proactive to assist our Guests to be educated and to make all necessary resources available to them.

“In light of the COVID 19 threat I ask the people of the community to please remember that the rescue mission does not receive any government funding and we need your support right now to maintain operations and services.” Roscoe added.

All of us will continue to pray for God’s blessing over our community and His wisdom as we respond to this situation. We also pray for those infected and the families of those deceased from the virus. 

The Mission is a 501-c-3 Christian non-profit and does not receive any government funding.


March 4, 2020

Rescue Mission CEO Rev. Bill Roscoe; Statement on coronavirus

The Boise Rescue Mission Ministries leadership and staff are aware of the current situation regarding the coronavirus and have implemented processes to educate and assist the Guests of the Mission to reduce the risk of infection.

The Boise Rescue Mission is a member of a national organization of rescue missions (City Gate Network / Citygatenetwork.org) and from the first notice of the virus we have been receiving factual information about the disease, how to reduce risk of infection and how to manage any guests or staff who may become infected. We are monitoring State and Federal information related to the virus as well.

Rescue Mission Staff are educating Mission Guests about how the virus spreads and providing that information as well as necessary resources and supplies throughout all Mission facilities.  Mission Guests are advised to report any symptoms to Staff and to seek medical evaluation immediately. We will continue to be very proactive to assist our Guests to be educated and to make all necessary resources available to them.

The Mission has previously developed plans to react to large-scale emergencies, such as flood, fire, severe weather, and has maintained the necessary food and supplies to carry the organization through those possible events. We have plans already in place to isolate an infected Guest, or a number of Guests.

We remain in contact with local government agencies, sharing information and discussing different scenarios and will cooperate with those agencies as necessary.

All of us will continue to pray for God’s blessing over our community and His wisdom as we respond to this situation. We also pray for those infected and the families of those deceased from the virus.

The Mission is a 501-c-3 Christian non-profit and does not receive any government funding.