The wholly volunteer effort supported 33 nights of Code Blue assistance this winter, which was an increase of eight days from the 2015-16 season. With more than 250 volunteers the Code Blue program provided warm shelter and food for over 70 homeless individuals in the county’s three major cities: Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland. This past season alone, Code Blue provided over 3,000 dinners to the area’s homeless and poor, and a total of 1,500 overnight warming center stays for homeless individuals.
“The Code Blue Program is truly a grassroots community initiative and would not be possible without the volunteer leadership in our municipalities,” said Robin Weinstein, M25 founder & president.
Municipal leadership includes: Cathy Gardner and Danielle Hale, Vineland; Nina Young, Nick Dobrowolski and Alberta Frazier, Bridgeton; the Rev. Stephen Harris and Anna Marie Harris, Susan Stowe, and Cindi Stanger Cooke, Millville.
Code Blue host churches included:
Vineland: First Presbyterian Church & The Full Gospel Assembly
Millville: Trinity United Methodist Church and Central Baptist Church
Bridgeton: Parish of the Holy Cross (St. Teresa Church), Bethany Grace Community Church, St. Andrews Episcopal, and the Salvation Army.
Supporting churches included: Shiloh Seventh Day Baptist Church, Bethany Seventh Day Adventist Church, Cohansey Baptist, the Bridge and First Nazarene Church.
Weinstein also thanked many restaurants, organizations, and churches in the community which provided food and supplies. And, logistical support was provided by Inspira Health Network, Let’s Do Linens, and Gateway Community Action Partnership.