The Code Blue Project, operated by Coalition to Shelter and Support the Homeless (CSSH) volunteers, offers a solution and CSSH needs volunteers.
Code Blue provides overnight shelter when the temperature is below 26 degrees or there is excessive precipitation. Our most vulnerable neighbors are welcomed in, fed a meal, and given a safe place to sleep.
“Code Blue during a pandemic is a new challenge,” shared Executive Director Ifeoma Aduba. “We researched guidelines, consulted with County officials, and designed floor plans to open emergency shelters in the safest possible way.”
The Code Blue Project is an essential service and must continue through the pandemic.
CSSH constantly monitors COVID-19 guidance from the CDC, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Bucks County Health Department to ensure safety precautions are in place.
“We are grateful to Neshaminy Warwick Presbyterian Church, Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church, and Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church,” offered Board President Terry Lang. Each host site dedicated space to Code Blue, making it possible to set up physically distanced sleep spaces separated by clear dividers.
Generous financial contributions and grant support have made possible the purchase of supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to mitigate the spread of the virus.
CSSH needs volunteers. Training is online at www.co2ssh.org/volunteer-training. Mentors support new volunteers and CSSH provides PPE.
“In December, we opened 21 of 31 nights. We are averaging 12-18 individuals each night,” said Aduba. “Planning has made it possible to deliver this life-saving mission and keep guests and volunteers safe.”
If you are interested in volunteering, visit www.co2ssh.org/volunteer-training.
If you would like to contribute, please mail a check to CSSH, 196 W. Ashland Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 or make a secure donation online at www.co2ssh.org.
PHOTO CAP: CSSH opens safely designed shelters to protect guests and volunteers.