Millville Woman’s Club Briefed on Code Blue

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Rev. Stephen Harris speaks to the Millville Woman’s Club on the Code Blue program in Cumberland County. (photo by Carol Smith)

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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.

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“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

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,

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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