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PRESS  RELEASE    -    Nov. 1, 2020  

PJ WARMING STATION getting New Shower Donation, Needs More Volunteers for Winter  

PORT JERVIS, NY  -  The Tri-State Interfaith Council is pleased to announce the donation from a former, homeless guest, from funds he recently received, of the cost of a new shower in the Warming Station, located at St Peters Lutheran Church, 31 W. Main Street. The donor was so grateful for the help he received last winter, that he wanted “to give back, to help others”. Design and general contracting are being done by Smith Plumbing & heating, “at their cost”, assisted by contractor Ti Kreck, who is donating his services. This new feature will benefit all “guests” during this coming winter by improving hygiene and self-image, and reducing risks associated with diseases, including Covid-19. In addition, the program plans to install recently donated clothes washer & dryer, to help the homeless maintain clean clothes, and provide essential clean bedding used by each guest.

This year, the Warming Station will open Nov. 15, with the caring approval of St Peters Church Council, and extend thru March 31, 2021. Due to the Covid-19 concerns, some of our former volunteers will not be able to serve this winter, so New Volunteers are urgently needed. Training of about an hour, is required for all new volunteers, which provides an overview of the program and it’s procedures, and the important and gratifying role this mission plays in saving and changing lives. It is a response to the Biblical call, “to love thy neighbor as thyself”.

There will also be a special fund raising, Virtual Talent Show, from Nov. 6 to 13, presented over YouTube,   where the public can view performers’ videos, vote on them and donate as they wish. All proceeds will go to the Warming Station. To enjoy the Talent Show, go to the Four Seasons Chorale Facebook page, which is hosted by director, Kathy Brink, or to YouTube and enter, “Four Seasons Chorale Virtual Talent Show”, to access the videos. Info on how to vote and donate will be provided in each video.

The Warming Station is supported by local faith-based organizations, other organizations, individuals, and Orange County Dept of Social Services. People and groups interested in volunteering overnight, making a monthly meal, or donating and assisting with this program may contact Tamara Chant (570-618-1208), or Jack Austin (845-649-8720).  The Tri-State Interfaith Council is a coalition of various houses of worship, governmental, non-profit, and concerned individuals across New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey dedicated to working cooperatively in mission. You can "like" them on Facebook by searching "Tri-State Interfaith Council", “Warming Station Daily Needs”, or sign-up for regular e-mail updates by emailing zkpearce@live.com.