Winter Contingency Plan & Cold Weather Warming Center

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WINTER CONTINGENCY

&

COLD WEATHER WARMING CENTER

November 2nd – April 1st

 

The Winter Contingency Plan & Cold Weather Warming Center has been developed to provide relief to the homeless of Kosciusko County when inclement weather occurs.  It is to be implemented when weather conditions are triggered as outlined below. This plan is intended to serve as a guide to prevent homeless individuals from serious harm or death during the winter season each year.

 

Any individual or agency may learn if a weather night has been declared by calling Fellowship Missions at (574) 268-9555 or by visiting fellowshipmissions.net/services/.  The status will be updated daily by no later than 3:00 PM.

 

WINTER CONTINGENCY POLICY

 

A “Weather Night” will be declared when one or more of the following conditions exist:

The temperature is at or will fall to 32° F (or below) anytime during the overnight period.
The wind chill factor is at or will fall to 32° F (or below) anytime during the overnight period.
There are, or will be, blizzard conditions anytime during the overnight period.

Once the shelter’s beds are full, we will start placing individuals on cots for their overnight stay. Fellowship Missions will begin taking overflow at 4pm.

Men, women and children may come to Fellowship Missions for weather night beds on declared Weather Nights between the hours of 1pm5pm.  Intakes after 5pm will be taken by referral only.

 


COLD WEATHER WARMING CENTER POLICY

Cold Weather Warming Center will be open when one or more of the following conditions exist:

The temperature is at or will fall to 32° F (or below) anytime during the day.
The wind chill factor is at or will fall to 32° F (or below) anytime during the day.
There are, or will be, blizzard conditions anytime during the day.

Operation hours are:

Monday – Friday: 9am until 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: 1pm – 4pm

WINTER CONTINGENCY & COLD WEATHER WARMING CENTER RULES/ COVID PROTOCOL

Temperature checks will be done upon entry
Mask MUST be worn the whole time NO EXCEPTIONS
Everyone must fill out our COVID-19 Questionnaire
There shall be ZERO tolerance for drug and/or alcohol use on the premises. Any person using on site has chosen to be permanently barred from property and services. Everyone will need to pass a breathalyzer before they are allowed to enter.
No weapons of any kind will be allowed on the property.

Support CCS at Turkey Lurkey 5K

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Combined Community Services (CCS) is excited to bring back our highly anticipated Turkey Lurkey 5K! The event will be held November 21, 2020 on the beautiful trails in Winona Lake, IN. Many look forward to this 5K as it is on the trails’ roadway as well as off road. Additionally there is a fun piece where a stuffed animal turkey is hidden on the route and whoever finds it will receive a real turkey for Thanksgiving!
New to this year’s event is our first virtual event for those who are not comfortable with attending in person.
If you would like to be a sponsor at this event or donate swag items fill out the sponsorship form attached here or contact Alyssa Lowe at alowe@ccsgives.com or 574.643.7561

Local Church Gives to Non-Profits Amid COVID-19

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(Ken Locke, Salvation Army; Pastor John B. Lowe, New Life Christian Church and World Outreach; Randy Polston, Combined Community Services)

{Warsaw, IN New Life Christian Church and World Outreach is giving back to the community with a donation of $5,000 to Combined Community Services and $5,000 to The Salvation Army of Warsaw, INThese two organizations continue to serve Kosciusko County during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

 

While Combined Community Services has closed the building to the public, they are continuing to provide most all services. The food pantry is open as a drive up service on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Salvation Army is open daily and are continuing their services as well. 

 

New Life Christian Church and World Outreach, founded by Pastor John and Debbie Lowe, has been in existence since 1983. Their mission is to bring new life to the sinner and new life to the saint, a Christian family church reaching the world that cost the blood of Jesus.

Pastor Lowe said that this donation “reminds people that we have two great agencies locally who are making a real difference.” He added “…it’s not about us, it’s not even about our church as a corporate group of local believers. It’s about the greater vision of the Kingdom of God reaching down in this world where people are really hurting and helping people to come out of poverty and meeting their needs.”

Hacienda Gives Back

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On Thursday, December 19, 2019, Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, Warsaw, will hold a Combined Community Services (CCS) give back night. 30% of your purchase on dine in, carry out, gift cards and alcohol will be given back to CCS. All you have to do is mention CCS. We hope you will head over to Hacienda on Thursday and help us spread the word!

 

For questions email Alyssa Lowe at alowe@combinedcommunityservices.org or call (574) 269-6019

 

Love Thy Neighbor Luncheon Registration

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On February 19, 2020, Combined Community Services (CCS) will host its 1st Annual Love Thy Neighbor Luncheon.  This is a fundraising event that provides needed funds for CCS to continue the mission of providing comfort, hope and resources for neighbors in need.

CCS has served Kosciusko County since 1984 and works with people to stabilize their situation through our Emergency Assistance and continues the path toward independency by helping them set and meet sustainable long term goals through economic Self-Sufficiency programs. We are “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” by bringing the communities’ resources to a single location to assist families in immediate crisis and through long term case management by giving a ‘Hand Up not a Hand Out’.

The keynote speaker for this year’s event is Tamika Catchings, Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Indiana Fever. Tamika’s story was depicted in Catch A Star: Shining through Adversity to Become a Champion with a foreword by Tony Dungy, which shares her story of overcoming hearing loss, separation from family, high expectations and the pain of debilitating physical injuries. She reached for the stars with hard work, perseverance and her faith in God.

We invite you to review the ticket options and see how you can be a part of this year’s event. Your support will help with the expense of the luncheon so that all donations received at the event can support the mission here at CCS. Download the registration form here. For additional information or questions please email alowe@combinedcommunityservices.org.