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Gateway opens River’s Edge Warming Center


   BRIDGETON, NJ--Gateway Community Action Partnership has opened the River’s Edge Warming Center, 7 Washington St., Bridgeton. It is the newest Code Blue warming center and is part of the Cumberland County Code Blue efforts to keep the homeless protected and safe during inclement weather.

  In accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, the center can accommodate 20 homeless individuals on any night the Cumberland County Office of Emergency Management calls Code Blue. Guidelines for calling Code Blue are when temperatures are 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

  The center is handicap accessible and includes all required amenities to provide care safely for those vulnerable area residents.

  Security is provided to ensure the safety of overnight guests and the volunteers who staff the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. warming center hours of operations.

=  To comply with COVID-19 health and safety requirements, sleeping cots in the center are  separated and partitioned, as are areas where p+re-packaged meals are provided.

  Gateway is funding Code Blue efforts as an agency, with additional support from the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the City of Bridgeton and the M25 Initiative.

  “The homeless situation is always troubling and difficult. Adding in the COVID-19 concerns, the program is more difficult to operate, but at the same time, more essential to remain in operation,” Albert B. Kelly, CCAP, President & CEO of Gateway and City of Bridgeton mayor, said.

  Gateway’s River’s Edge Warming Center is in addition to St. Andrews Community Hall on Commerce Street. Participating as host churches for Code Blue are Parish of the Holy Cross, Bridge The Gap and Hands of Compassion Ministry.

  For additional information on the Code Blue program, or to volunteer for Code Blue, 856-497-6756 or e-mail Nina Young at