By: Garret Larsen
March 26, 2020
Dear Camp Cho-Yeh Family,
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Camp Cho-Yeh’s Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, have made the difficult decision to suspend operations for Summer Camp 2020. Because of the ever-changing landscape of quarantine regulations, our strong commitment to the health and safety of our campers, and our desire to be financially responsible with the long-term mission of this ministry, we do not see another path forward this year. We are eager to see you again in Summer 2021.
We know our camper families will grieve not returning to a place they love, a place that many call home. It’s devastating to imagine our property sitting empty this summer. However, after consulting with public health officials, medical personnel, and Houston business leaders, we believe this to be the wisest decision for everyone involved.
As you can imagine, losing our spring retreat season and suspending summer operations puts Camp Cho-Yeh in a very difficult financial position. Since September, we have spent a significant amount of money preparing for Summer 2020:
- Recruiting & hiring summer staff
- Improving our facilities
- Adding new activities
- Building new cabins
- Purchasing supplies for the summer
As a not-for-profit ministry, we have limited cash reserves. While we desperately want to run our summer program, taking a “wait and see” approach puts Camp Cho-Yeh at significant risk if we are forced to make this decision closer to summer. In the midst of this decision, we are laying off a large portion of our full-time staff.
These are hard times for all of us. Instead of choosing fear, anxiety, or worry, we are encouraging our Cho-Yeh family to stand firm on the spiritual foundations that we know to be true: God is Sovereign. God is good. While we don’t understand what He’s doing or how He will use this yet, we are confident that He is in control.
Broken with you,
Handling Your Account
To help us navigate this difficult season, please prayerfully consider the following options in regard to your account. At your convenience, reply to this email by Friday, May 1, 2020, to let us know how you’d like to move forward with your account:
1. Would you consider donating your 2020 deposit and any tuition payments you’ve made to help our ministry navigate this unprecedented financial challenge? (Camp Cho-Yeh is a 501(c)3. This option is tax deductible.)
2. If you are not in a position to donate, would you like us to roll your deposit and any payments over to Summer 2021, allowing us to plan and prepare for another great season of ministry?
3. If neither of these options are feasible, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a full or partial refund.
We appreciate your patience as it will take us several weeks to process the 3,000 campers registered for Summer 2020. To make it easier on families, if we have not heard from you by Friday, May 1, 2020, we will assume you would like to donate your funds to Camp.