Winter is here and this week Fairfield County will fall under what the weathermen fondly refer to as the Polar Vortex. That means the temperatures at times will fall below zero making it unbearable to be outside. For the average person, dealing with this is a chess game of getting from point A to point B. But for those who are homeless, it means so much more.
New Covenant Center is prepared for situations like this. They are open daily as Day Shelter for anyone to come in and get out of the cold. It is the perfect environment for this very service. In the mornings coffee, tea, hot chocolate, pastries and fruit are served. This is followed by a 5-6 course lunch and dinner – every single day.
Besides affording guests with a warm place to spend the day, the hospitality center offers free showers complete with toiletries and clothing items. The agency can provide guests with new undergarments, socks, t-shirts, hats and gloves, as needed.
There are plenty of staff and volunteers on hand to help problem solve everyday concerns and issues. And as a bonus, there is free WiFi access and technology recharging stations.
Executive Director John Gutman knows that weather like this makes New Covenant Center a
valuable resource. “During the coldest of days, it is important for people to know that New Covenant Center is available for those in and near Stamford. We are here and ready to help. It is very rare that we close for a storm.”
During the biggest storm three years ago, Gutman once checked into a local hotel. He and the New Covenant Center staff make all efforts to be “first responders” during each storm, as 25-40 people always arrive for a meal, regardless of weather conditions.
Merritt Freeeman, Head of Maintenance, showed up to work on snow shoes during a storm last year. What great dedication, and much safer than driving, to make sure New Covenant Center was open to feed its guests.
New Covenant Center is open Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 6PM and Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM.