Code Orange heat relief for unhoused in Newark

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St. Thomas’s will host Code Orange on the following Saturdays between 1:00-5:00 p.m.: July 20, August 3, and August 24, 2024. The exact times are still to be determined. Madeline and Amy will both be out of town on July 20, 2024, so we will need additional help that Saturday.

What is Code Orange?

Last year, Friendship House found it challenging to predict the feels like temperature during the summer months. Because of this, we are offering Code Orange every Saturday July and August afternoon in Newark. This would provide heat relief for people unhoused in Newark every day, assuming they can visit a faith community on Sundays. 

How can I help?

We need three to five people to host our friends.  We will provide cold water, a place to sit, and an opportunity to use the bathroom. Light snacks would also be wonderful to offer and Friendship House can offer go-bags if we are not able to provide snacks. We hope to offer packaged snacks, ice water, lemonade and popsicles to cool our guests.

Please sign up to help. You may bring your items to St. Thomas’s between Monday – Thursday from 9 – noon OR when you come to church on Sundays.  PLEASE mark them “Summer Hospitality” and leave them in the  kitchen. If you bring ice or popsicles, please put them in the freezer, which is out on the porch, next to the kitchen.

Training is available via Zoom on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. and again on Friday, June 21, 2024 at 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Please let Madeline or Amy know if you are interested in attending a training session so we can send you the link.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  We look forward to helping our friends in town this summer!  Thank you for your consideration.