Saturday, November 28, 2015

Warming Centers Open In Middletown

Warming Centers to Open in Middletown
By Libertatem Orator
Warming Centers will be available in the City of Middletown, at the South Congregational Church beginning tomorrow, and working in conjunction with the Church of The Holy Trinity, at 381 Main Street, and will operate through April 2nd. The South Congregational Church, at 9 Pleasant Street (opposite of The South Green), will operate from Nov. 29 to Dec. 12; Jan. 10 to Feb. 6; and March 6 to April 2. The Church of The Holy Trinity will operate Dec. 13 to Jan. 9; and Feb. 7 to March 5.

Free breakfast will be provided daily at St. Vincent de Paul, 617 Main St., beginning at 7 a.m. The warming center is sponsored by the Mayor’s Taskforce on Homelessness with funding from the Middletown Health Department and in-kind services donated by River Valley Services. For more information, call 860-344-0097, ext. 11.

It’s been the objective of this writer, to eliminate homelessness in Middletown for quite some time, and while we have made some strides in that direction recently, with the group, The Connection, securing the site of Middletown Manufacturing on Stack Street in Middletown, to build a 19 unit low income housing apartment complex. While that’s a step in the right direction, it’s a far cry from what is truly needed to solve the homelessness issue in the City of Middletown.

I’d like to remind everyone that The Connection also runs The Eddy Shelter at 1 LaBella Circle, located near the grounds of Connecticut Valley Hospital. Their phone number is 860-343-5520. If you are homeless, or you have found yourself in between housing units, however you want to describe it, please call The Connection. These people can work miracles in your life, I have personally seen it. Another option is the Middletown Housing Authority, although not as miraculous, they can help as well. Call them at (860) 346-8671. The final option that may be able to help you is CRT, located on Hamlin Street, call them at (860) 347-4465.

I realize that the last paragraph reads more like a phone book than a news article, but here’s the point: I don’t much care if it helps you in the end. Homelessness is an epidemic in this country, and no, I don’t believe our civic leaders and government do enough to help. So, if I have to list a few phone numbers to help, so be it. Please stay warm this winter season. Please take care of yourselves. And those of us, that can help, let us help. The bell ringers are out there people! Drop a buck to help these people! That is all for now. Until my next diatribe, please be well, and be well to your neighbor. 

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