Rev. Stephen Harris speaks to the Millville Woman’s Club on the Code Blue program in Cumberland County. (photo by Carol Smith)
Rev. Harris explained that the program in which churches provide shelter and a small meal began in Bridgeton in 2013 when a homeless man died while seeking shelter in a Salvation Army donation bin. Since then, Code Blue shelters have been established in Vineland and Millville as well, and New Jersey last year signed a bill into law that requires all county emergency management coordinators in the state to establish a Code Blue program.
“Housing First,” a project in which rental vouchers are given to homeless people, is also a priority with Rev. Harris. “So far we have placed 30 people,” he said, to the applause of the audience. He added that volunteers are always needed; more information is available at m25initative.org.
A fundraiser Sock Hop is planned for March 2 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Greenwich Inn, 4049 Italia Ave., Vineland. Those attending are asked to bring socks for the homeless and to dress in fifties style or business casual. Tickets at $50 are available by calling 1-844-M25HOPE or visiting the web site, sockhop4homeless.com.
The meeting’s theme was “Sweets and Savories” in honor of Valentine’s Day. Jane Christy, membership chairman, announced three new members: Joan Cooper, Joan Blew and Cynthia Hamblin. President Pam McNamee said the Board had approved five members to its Honor Roll: Pat Moore, Sandy Walter, Carol Calareso, Diann Ewan and Judy Monahan; and three to the Order of the Lily, a special recognition, to McNamee, Irene Decker and Judy Crowe.
For information on joining the Woman’s Club, call Barbara Morrow at (856) 825-2710.
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