Our Mission Partner, the MHC Warming Center, begins its work for the colder months this weekend.
If you are interested in volunteering time or providing donations, please contact the church office or the MHC Warming Center Coordinator, Cristen Anderson (contact information below).
- Intake Volunteers
- Overnight volunteers
- Laundry volunteers
- Dinner Volunteers
- Bus Drivers (our church bus is available for use)
We are also collecting food items for the warming center as well. Feel free to drop off these items at the church:
💧Bottled water (cases) Drinks (Cans or bottles, soda tea, etc.)
🥣 Individually wrapped breakfast items and snack items
Per the MHC Warming Center Facebook page:
The MHC Warming Center is excited to partner with Forest Hills Presbyterian Church again this year to open the center and provide a safe, warm overnight stay for those experiencing homelessness when temperatures are below freezing.
The opening day will be Sunday, November 15, 2020. The center will operate when temperatures are below 35 degrees, with a weekly schedule being posted each week on Sunday for the following week. The center will close for the season in March 2021, date to be decided based on weather.
Guests will have transportation options (pick-up at the Blue Ridge Regional Library in Uptown) beginning at 6:30 pm and check-in at the center will begin at 7:00 pm. Once guests arrive, they will be provided a warm meal and personal care items as needed, along with a safe and warm place to sleep.
Our center will follow all guidelines for screening for COVID-19, and have partnered with local agencies to provide care and housing options for those affected by COVID-19. Every guest will be screened prior to staying at the center, along with each volunteer being screened prior to serving at the center.
If you are interested in volunteering, training options are going to be available soon! And as many know, the center operates on donations from the community. If you would like to make a donation, please make payment payable to MHC Warming Center and mail to 725 Beechnut Lane, Martinsville VA 24112.
We are excited about this partnership, and we are thankful for other partnerships that help make the MHC Warming Center a possibility in our community. With the help of FHPC and others in the community, we are making a difference.
Warming Center Contacts:
Center Coordinator: Cristen Anderson at (276) 358-1755 or email@example.com
Operation Coordinator: Ariel Johnson at (765) 315-9813 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Center Email: MHCWarmingCenter@gmail.com