We are all grappling with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID – 19).  Public officials are making recommendations for social distancing and closing places of public gathering to lessen the severity and impact of the virus.  We believe it is important to respond to this developing problem in a responsible, God-glorifying way.

OUR PRIORITIES

At Administer Justice we believe it is incumbent not to panic, but to pray and take practical steps to mitigate the impact of the virus.

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you!  Don’t be frightened, for I am your God!  I strengthen you – yes, I help you – yes, I uphold you with my saving right hand!”  Isa. 41:10 NET

We believe in a sovereign God who will uphold us through this time.  As legal uncertainty increases for everyone – especially the most vulnerable – we will remain a trusted resource for compassionate legal guidance and counsel.  Our priority is people!

Administer Justice is inviting friends and supporters to join us in a Compassionate Care Campaign to call those who are isolated and may feel overwhelmed by the daily news.  We encourage others to reach out by phone to check on those who are vulnerable.  This is not a time to turn inward.  This is a time to reach out and demonstrate compassionate care.  You can join us in this effort by signing up here.

Thank you for helping us live out Zechariah 7:9:

“This is what the Lord Almighty said, ‘Administer true justice, show mercy and compassion to one another.”

OUR POSITION

Effective Monday, March 16 through the end of April, Administer Justice is taking the following actions to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus on the vulnerable people we serve:

  • Appointments through our Elgin office (847-844-1100) will continue to be scheduled but will take place by phone or video. Our office is closed to the public.
  • Elgin staff and volunteers will work remotely during the shelter in place order.
  • Education classes including the FACTS class and outreach events are temporarily suspended.
  • Our 20th year celebration on March 29 at Fox Valley Church is postponed and a new date established.
  • Our Phoenix office visit in April and April Board Meeting will take place by Zoom.
  • We recommend our gospel justice center site locations suspend operations through April. Each site should work with their local church or other partner in making final decisions.
  • We recommend all gospel justice centers take part in the Compassionate Care Campaign by reaching out telephonically to clients and other vulnerable neighbors.  We will assist with any centers who wish to move to virtual assistance.  National staff will coordinate group calls and further information for center leaders and teams.
  • Pray.  We encourage our teams from coast to coast to pray for our neighbors who face growing fear and concerns.

We are regularly following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control as well as federal, state and local officials.    This guidance will be updated accordingly and posted on our website at administerjustice.org/corona.

Dated:  March 14, updated March 20, 2020 and April 1, 2020