Winter is (FINALLY) Here,
And HART Is Ready!
Remember just a few weeks ago, when we were all amazed and even alarmed that it was 60 degrees in December? Would we even need our hats, gloves and scarves this year? Will it snow at all this winter? While we were all asking ourselves these questions, our homeless neighbors were curious about something else. They were asking, "Why hasn't anyone been out to check on us at night?"
You see, CHGM has some pretty excellent volunteers on our Homeless Assistance Response Team (HART) who deploy on winter nights whenever the city issues a hypothermia alert. Our HART volunteers check on folks who sleep outside and provide them with life saving resources and access to shelter. Because of our warm November and December this past year, we had few HART deployments. This did not go unnoticed by our homeless neighbors, who have grown to expect and enjoy seeing our volunteers approach with friendly greetings and a wagon full of supplies. Their questions about the whereabouts of our volunteers affirmed for us just how essential and a valued part of our Street Outreach Program the HART volunteers have become.
Needless to say, it is abundantly clear after a bitterly cold January with historic snowfalls this past weekend, that we will not be skipping winter this year! We have plenty of snow, we are all wearing hats, gloves and scarves, and our HART volunteers are now hitting the streets on a regular basis.
Just in time for the cold snap, our friends at the DC Department of Corrections came through with a truckload of warm weather items to help keep our homeless neighbors safe. We are so grateful for the coats, blankets, socks, thermals and other items donated by the caring staff of the DC DOC! These supplies have been distributed to our most vulnerable residents, who do not have the safety and dignity of a home.
Interested in helping?
Consider becoming a HART volunteer by contacting Abby Sypek at
or by purchasing outreach supplies from our
Amazon Wish List
. Please also save the Shelter Hotline Phone Number (1-800-535-7252) and call when you see someone at risk!