Originally slated to stay open until April 16, in light of warmer temperatures, and recent developments related to COVID-19, Morningstar’s Board, in consultation with the Warming Centre Advisory Committee, has recommended an earlier closure. The strength of the community volunteers has been vital to supporting onsite paid staff. We are most grateful for their dedication and commitment over three months, 360 volunteer shifts (each 6 hours)!
With generous funding from TC Energy (with Town of Greater Napanee), and additional funding support from NACHC, and PELASS, this seasonal effort to provide a safe, warm place for our homeless clients was an important offering in our Greater Napanee community. We have also seen a strong response to the evening soup and social time from 7:00 pm – 9:00pm, bringing many community members together for fellowship.
We are grateful to the dedicated staff who worked to build trust and make connections, and to the dozens of community members who volunteered their time to provide every guest of the warming centre with a welcoming experience. This included freshly made soups, stews and casseroles every night!
Morningstar will continue to identify next steps in providing care and augmenting current programs to meet the needs of the homeless, lonely, and hungry in our community. A full report will be released to PELASS to inform their homeless strategy and to TC Energy, providing key data for future services to the homeless.