St. Peter, Cobourg has partnered with Transition House and Northumberland County to provide an overnight warming room this winter. The warming room offers shelter from the cold and access to washrooms and there are light refreshments available as well. It is open from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. nightly from December until March 31, 2022. This initiative was funded through the provincial government’s Social Services Relief Funding, which is geared to enhancing social services during COVID-19.
Opening its doors to those in need of the warming room is an extension of the work the church is already doing in the community. St. Peter is one of five local churches involved in weekly lunch programs and members of St. Peter provide bagged lunches every Tuesday. On Thursday evenings, the church provides approximately 140 bagged hot dinners through their “Thursday Night Light” program. When it is safe to reopen, the church hopes to provide sit-down in-person meals once again, offering a sense of fellowship and personal contact.