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Church offers community meals as part of city’s Code Blue Team

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This week, Thanksgiving will come and then it will go, just like it does every year. But for people in the city, it doesn’t mean that the opportunity to give, to talk with their neighbors and to have warm meals, is gone.

Emmanuel Congressional Church, 119 S. Hamilton St., is hosting free community meals Monday to Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., all winter long.

The church is part of the city’s Code Blue Team, a group of organizations that come together each year when the temperature drops below 32 degrees, to provide shelter and food for anyone in need.

Some of the other big players this year are the Salvation army, Urban Mission and the Jefferson County Department of Social Services.

Their goal is to make sure that homeless people are provided with shelter all day, seven days a week, throughout the winter.

The plan is coming together. Cher VanBrocklin, executive director of the Urban Mission, said it is in the process of hiring weekend staff and will soon provide daytime shelter seven days a week. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and it plans to open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the weekend.

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