Summit Warm Hearts

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Summit Warm Hearts

Summit Warm Hearts is a program of the Summit Interfaith Council to care for our neighbors experiencing homelessness right here in Summit. In 2017, after the train station closed overnight and local unhoused neighbors were left without shelter, Calvary Episcopal Church opened their doors.  In 2019, Calvary was unable to continue this shelter. In response to the immediate need, the Summit Interfaith Council created Summit Warm Hearts that has several components.

Day Program- Located at Beacon UU Congregation (4 Waldron St.) for a hot lunch, showers, laundry, coffee and conversation, the Warming Center is open from November- April 7 days a week, and once a week from May-October. In addition to the above services, the SWH Day Program also coordinates with case management from Bridges and Overlook.  Sample programs include vaccine clinics, journaling, health education, and social activities.  Major funding for the warming center comes through the Summit Foundation and Beacon UU Congregation.

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Welcome Neighbors- Social Work and Case Management services provided through Bridges Outreach by Viviwong “Vivi” DeSmith connects our local population experiencing homelessness to available services in our city and county. Vivi also supports in-take for our Overnight Hospitality Program and helps to communicate with our local police, EMS, hospital, health department and social service agencies. Administered through Bridges Outreach and funded through the Summit Foundation with support from the Lena Willis Foundation.

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Overnight Hospitality- This year we are pleased to be joining with Fountain Baptist Church and Beacon UU Congregation to provide overnight hospitality to Summit residents with the support of professional care staff to keep everyone safe and organized. Special thanks to these congregations for making this happen. Major funding for this program comes through the members of the Summit Interfaith Council and community support- especially through the Other Fellow First Foundation.

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In addition to our Summit Warm Hearts programs we want to acknowledge the partnerships between GRACE– who always has healthy snacks and food for participants, SHIP for their morning breakfasts and boxed lunches every single day for the last 30 years, our hosting congregations at Beacon UU Congregation, and Fountain Baptist Church. Bridges Outreach and the Summit Foundation for Social Work Supports, financial support from Summit Foundation, Central Presbyterian Church, Summit Interfaith Council, and Other Fellow First Foundation, so many individual and institutional donors, and our amazing volunteers who make all of this happen.

Sign up to help with the Summit Warm Hearts Warming Center here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050a4badae2daa8-host and for SWH lunches here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050a4badae2daa8-lunch. For questions or inquiries, reach out to us at swh@summitbeacon.org.

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We are reaching out to the community again to ask for your support. Please consider a donation of any amount. Because of the generosity of the Interfaith Council member churches, and countless volunteers, 100% of funds received go directly to the care and safety of Summit’s Population Experiencing Homelessness.