March arrives Sunday and there is no
let-up on this frigid weather in sight. So that means the Salvation Army and Code Blue continue to serve the homeless in our community.
The partnership began a year ago when the death of homeless woman, Nancy Pitts on December 12, 2013 revealed the lack of a resource for shelter on these frigid nights of our Saratoga winters.
Under the leadership of Mayor-elect Joanne Yepsen Code Blue was formed representing the agencies providing social help in Saratoga Springs.
Initially located at St Peterís across from the Holiday Inn this year Code Blue moved to quarters at the Salvation Army.
With the move the homeless would find a central and accessible location. They would also find hot dinner and breakfast which could not be offered at St Peterís.
Captain Amber Boone of the Salvation Army said joining forces with Code Blue was a natural.
She commented on the mission of the Army to provide food and support for those in need. No one is turned away from the Salvation Army. We ask no questions.
When Code Blue began Saratoga County did not have an emergency resource to give the homeless shelter during severe frost conditions.
Now, when the temperature drops below 20 a cot will be available, a hot dinner and breakfast for adult men and women - and no questions will be asked. Arrangements will be made for families with children.
In Saratoga Springs we do not need homeless people like 54 year old Nancy Pitts dying from the cold in our City.
Itís hard to believe but in our City up to 48 men and women are using the cots, having a hot dinner and breakfast on a Code Blue Night. With the extreme cold we have been experiencing and itís expected to continued into late March Code Blue and the Salvation Army will continue to meet the need to provide for the homeless.
But Code Blue and the Salvation Army need our help. It costs money to serve our less fortunate. The Red Kettles had an off-year in 2014. That was before the arctic weather arrived. Give Captain Amber a call. Her number is 584-1640 and ask how you can help.
Volunteers have answered to call to help. But volunteers tire and this has been one cold winter. Code Blue would love your help. We still have weeks of winter. Please call 812-6886 or visit: codebluesaratoga.org
Our Saratoga restaurants have volunteered to do dinners and meals. Food, warm winter clothing, are accepted by the Salvation Army and can be dropped off at the 26 Woodlawn location.