Op­er­a­tion Over­flow needs vol­un­teers,

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - COMMUNITY -

Op­er­a­tion Over­flow is look­ing for vol­un­teers, es­pe­cially women, to sleep overnight from 8:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. in a Torrington church base­ment “so that no one has to sleep out­side in the win­ter,” ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The new sea­son be­gins Nov. 23.

Since 2003, Op­er­a­tion Over­flow has served home­less adults dur­ing the win­ter, pro­vid­ing warm and safe overnight shel­ter. Part­ner­ing with other com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, the shel­ter vol­un­teers guide those in need to more per­ma­nent ser­vices.

When FISH, the lo­cal shel­ter, is full, Op­er­a­tion Over­flow pro­vides shel­ter in one of three lo­cal churches Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church, North­west Hills Com­mu­nity Church and First United Methodist Church. Vol­un­teers do not need to be­long to a church to help.

“Dur­ing the last sea­son, 1,217 beds were oc­cu­pied at Op­er­a­tion Over­flow from De­cem­ber through March. On av­er­age, we pro­vided a warm bed to 10 home­less guests each night from 16 dif­fer­ent towns in Con­necti­cut as well as six other states,” vol­un­teers said in a state­ment. “Re­fer­rals come through 211, po­lice de­part­ments, hos­pi­tals and many other agen­cies at all times of the day and night.

“Op­er­a­tion Over­flow is an or­ga­ni­za­tion run strictly by vol­un­teers, re­ly­ing only on mone­tary gifts and in-kind do­na­tions from com­mu­nity mem­bers, or­ga­ni­za­tions and churches. We al­ways have two overnight vol­un­teers — one male and one fe­male — to su­per­vise up to 12 guests. If we have more than 12 guests, we get a third vol­un­teer and can then take a max­i­mum of 18 guests. A co­or­di­na­tor is on-call all night in case there is an emer­gency or a need for ad­di­tional sup­port,” the state­ment con­tin­ues.

Mone­tary do­na­tions for cots, bed­ding, cof­fee, snacks, socks, un­der­wear and toi­letries are also needed. For more de­tails, contact Con­rad Sienkiewicz at con­rad­sank@gmail.com.

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