Increasing our Facility’s Safety and Security (2017)

(2017) Thanks to the generous gifts to the Capital Fund, a new entrance security project is underway. We have added security card readers at key entrances to increase the safety and security for everyone who regularly uses our facility.

Here’s what you need to know:

During worship times, the doors will be open as normal. More specifically, doors at Entrance 1 and Entrance 3 will be open from 3:00 pm – 6:45 pm on Saturdays, and Sundays from 7:30 am – 2:00 pm.

During regular building hours, use the south bank of doors at Entrance 1. Building hours will remain the same: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday, and 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM Monday to Thursday. The south bank of doors at Entrance 1 (the automated disability doors and the adjoining set of doors) will either be open or you can use the call box attached to the wall to buzz the facility staff to let you in.

When inside, go directly to the Welcome Center. Welcome Center volunteers can answer
your questions, find the appropriate staff person to help you, and help you access the Admin office. If a volunteer isn’t available at the Welcome Center, clear signage will direct you.

What about special events? When there are large special events in the building, we’ll make sure there is access through our two main entrances. Also, our preschool families and food shelf clients will have dedicated access through Entrance 3.

Why do we need this added security? In many ways, we are simply catching up with the times. Most public buildings in our area already have this same level of security in place. The Apple Valley Chief of Police, Jon Rechtzigel, and Fire Chief, Nealon P. Thompson (both SOTV members) have encouraged us to take these steps to make our facility safer. We have also consulted with fellow church facility managers in the area.

Thank you for your patience as we implement these new security features. If you have questions, please contact our Facilities Director at 952.985.7340.

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