First Code Blue Activation of Winter Season in CountyLast Edited:
The first Code Blue for this winter season has been declared by Cumberland County Emergency Management officials — for this Friday. Nov. 10th.
The program provides Warming Centers for homeless persons in the community to find shelter from the freezing overnight temperatures during the winter months. Local churches are on a rotating basis to provide the Warming Centers.
For the evening of Friday, November 10th:
In Bridgeton, the Warming Center is located at Bethany Grace Community Church, 31 North Pearl Street.
The Vineland Warming Center is located at First United Methodist, 700 East Landis Avenue from 6-9 p.m., and then overnight hours at Church of Resurrection at 8th and Wood Streets.
The Millville Warming Center is located at First United Methodist, 700 East Landis Avenue.
Activating Code Blue is based on three criteria:
- Temperatures reach 25 degrees Fahrenheit or below without precipitation.
- Temperatures reach 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below with precipitation.
- National Weather Service windchill temperature will be zero degrees Fahrenheit or less for a period of two hours or more.
Code Blue is a group of churches and community members responding to the needs of the communities homeless. It is funded by contributions made to the M25 Initiative.
“As we begin another Code Blue season, we are reminded of our responsibility to care for our neighbors,” said Dr. Robin Weinstein, president of the M25 Initiative and chair of the Cumberland County Code Blue Coalition. “We need volunteers from throughout the community to join this movement of hope and compassion as we ensure that no one has to sleep in the frigid overnight conditions.”
The Code Blue Season is from November 1st-April 15th.
To volunteer or donate, visit codeblueccnj.org.
The Code Blue Hotline is 1-888-410-3973.
Monetary donations can be mailed to: M25 Initiative, 31 N. Pearl St., Bridgeton, NJ 08302.
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