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August 12, 2014 @ 9:29 pm – 10:29 pm
Training- Sunday, November 2, 12:15 PM Through the Code Blue program, Trinity provides sanctuary with bedding and meals to our homeless neighbors during cold winter nights. We served 301 persons over 27 nights in January 2014, and the need for 2015 will foreseeably be as great or greater, as word of available shelter spreads further across central Bucks County. Each Code Blue night requires 12 trained volunteers, laboring in shifts over the fourteen hours from 6:00PM to 8:00AM. The jobs include drivers and driver attendants, intake staff, cooks, overnight watchers, and cleanup crew, all interacting with the guests, to make them feel comfortable and at home in the Lord’s house. During the winter of 2013-2014, Coalition to Shelter and Support the Homeless (“CSSH”), our partner interfaith organization which oversees the program, had a cadre of approximately 160 trained volunteers (about 30 from Trinity) and opened for 78 nights from December 1 through March 15. The network was stretched thin by winter’s end, and predictably some volunteers will not be back in 2014-2015. The success and growth of Code Blue in 2014-2015, and specifically in January 2015 at Trinity, requires that more Trinity parishioners step up as volunteers. To make this simple, CSSH will offer a formal training session in Faith Hall, after the second service on Sunday November 2, for an hour or so beginning at 12:15. Graduates of that training session will then be able to sign up for volunteer slots, during the hours that suit them, across the month of January at Trinity and in nearby churches during the other winter months. The outcome of making this effort to serve even a single 2-4 hour shift is indescribable. It can be a significant step on the Christian journey for both an individual and for our parish collectively as we move towards Trinity Vision 2020 and beyond.