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In December, AHCC was asked by the City of Hartford to provide overnight housing (including dinner and breakfast) for the overflow from the City’s homeless shelters. Since then, over 40 individuals have been involved in receiving 14 adults and 23 children, including a mother with six children who spent Christmas Day with us. AHCC’s Warming Center will operate every Wednesday through March 25 to guests referred by the Salvation Army.

Our Advent fundraising campaign to help defray the cost of food and supplies raised over $4,800. While the City provides cots, blankets, and certain personal care items, these additional funds help cover the cost of meals. AHCC members also donated food, toiletries, and winter wear.

Rev. Mia Douglas is coordinating this ministry including the volunteer schedule. Volunteers are needed on Wednesdays 5:00 - 10:00pm to help prepare and serve a meal; to stay from 10:00pm - 6:00am; to prepare a Continental breakfast at 6:00am on Thursdays, and to help put cots and bedding away. Volunteers have reported that the experience has been both heartwarming and heartbreaking as they have helped demonstrate once again that we are a church in the city with a heart for the city. Thank you for your contributions of both time and money and for helping us fulfill this important mission of caring.

Contact Rev. Douglas at mdouglas@ahcc.org or 860.216.9834 if you are interested in participating.