Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Warming Center

Warming Center

Each Sunday at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, worshipers are welcomed with the words "wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome at Gloria Dei."  After a devastating fire which destroyed a large portion of Gloria Dei's beloved building, the congregation recommitted itself to the Duluth Hillside neighborhood.  With the strong support of community members, the fire-damaged portions of the building were restored and reconfigured to represent the congregation's commitment to serving its Hillside neighbors, embracing a vision for God's mission that gathers together people wonderfully diverse in age, race, ability, background and experience.  

When CHUM offered Gloria Dei the opportunity to partner with homeless shelter staff to open its doors to provide a warm, safe space for its neighbors in the renovated Hillside Room on overly cold nights, the Gloria Dei Warming Center was born. 

NOTE:  The Warming Center is now open nightly through March 31, 2020.  The Warming Center is open from 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays) until 8:00 a.m. (7:00 a.m. on Sundays) when the weather is predicted to reach 10 degrees or below, and will be in operation until April 30, 2020.  Gloria Dei's renovated building has up-to-date sprinkler and fire safety systems, which allows guests to sleep overnight.  Guests will also be able to connect with needed resources during Warming Center hours.

CHUM Duluth coordinates the Warming Center and provides paid CHUM staff to operate the center overnight.  Gloria Dei coordinates the volunteers who have been asked to assist CHUM staff in the evenings and mornings to provide hospitality to guests and assist with setting up and closing.  CHUM will activate the warming center by 5:00 p.m. the day before the Warming Center is to be open.  

Volunteer Information:  

Parking is available in the Gloria Dei portion of the parking lot on East 3rd Street.  Please do not park in the Essentia portion or you could be towed. 

Please enter and leave through the “Breakfast Door” on 6th Avenue East.

When you enter, please introduce yourself to CHUM staff and sign yourself into the Volunteer binder.

Make sure to place your belongings in the secure hallway behind the kitchen.  CHUM staff can show you where.

Gloves and cleaning supplies are provided

Volunteers may be asked to: Put tables and chairs in the closet to allow for sleeping area for guests; Make coffee (1 scoop:10 cups) and serving food; Set up the food serving table; Welcome and sign guests in as they arrive; Distribute sleeping mats and other items as directed by CHUM staff (wear gloves,please!); Visit with guests in the evening; Clean up the food serving table and empty/clean coffee pot; Clean tables and sleeping mats; Mop the floor; Clean the bathrooms, replacing toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags, sanitary napkin bags only if completed blood-borne pathogen/sharps training (wear gloves, please!); Clean areas around the entrance outdoors (wear gloves, please!); Shovel sidewalk near entry and/or distribute grit on sidewalk; Replace stored tables and chairs in the morning; Check garbage can, recycle bin and compost bin to be sure items have been placed appropriately (wear gloves, please!); Cover (evening) or remove cover (morning) from the piano; Store all CHUM items (cart, bins, coffee pot, blankets/boots, cleaning supplies, food) in the closet or assigned cabinets.

Areas of the church outside the Hillside Room should not be entered unless there is an emergency. 

CHUM staff are trained in conflict de-escalation, AED use, blood borne pathogens and sharps (syringes), and Narcan administration.  They have an emergency protocol to follow and have the Gloria Dei emergency contact number in the unlikely case that something should occur which requires additional assistance regarding building issues. 

CHUM staff have been instructed to ask all media to remain outside the building and they are not permitted to speak to members of the media.  Should media be present, CHUM staff will contact the CHUM executive director and she will respond.  This is to protect our guests’ privacy and to maintain the integrity of the organization. 

No photography is permitted inside the WC when guests are present and confidentiality of the guests and their personal circumstances must be protected.

 

 

NOTE:  Out of respect for Warming Center guests, children and youth are not able to volunteer.

 

Please deliver donations to Gloria Dei office during office hours.  CHUM staff are not able to handle unexpected donations during Warming Center hours.

Email Char MathesonChelsea Froemke, Ed Martin with any questions.

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Dishwasher-Gloria Dei member - dishwasher trained only

Must be Gloria Dei member with dishwasher training. Can come in anytime between 8:00-10:00 a.m. (it's easier for the AM volunteers if you come at 8:00 a.m.)

 

03/23/2020
(Mon, 9:30am - 10:30am)

 
Gayle Salmela
 

03/24/2020
(Tue, 9:30am - 10:30am)

 
Gayle Salmela
 

03/26/2020
(Thu, 9:30am - 10:30am)

 
John Mcdonald
 

03/27/2020
(Fri, 9:30am - 10:30am)

 
Bob Kelley
 

03/30/2020
(Mon, 9:30am - 10:30am)

 
Gayle Salmela
 

03/31/2020
(Tue, 9:30am - 10:30am)

 
Gayle Salmela

Food Service

Hot food which can be served on disposable plates

Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. Please pick up containers the following night when the WC is open. 

03/21/2020
(Sat, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(3)

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Linda Vukson
I’ll bring hamburger hotdish in a crockpot. And chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
Geiger Yount
I'll make a hearty beef stew and have it ready for Saturday. A loaf of Carrot Bread
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. Please pick up containers the following night when the WC is open. 

03/22/2020
(Sun, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(3)

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Rick Troy
Bringing spaghetti and meatballs with homemade sauce and brownies for dessert.
David Pearlman
20lbs of pasta with meat and vegan sauces
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. Please pick up containers the following night when the WC is open. 

03/23/2020
(Mon, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(3)

 
All slots filled
Paul Steklenski
Green bean casserole
Pat Castellano
I will get pizzas for tonight and cookies for dessert.
Carol Kelley
Hamburger hot dish
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. Please pick up containers the following night when the WC is open. 

03/24/2020
(Tue, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(3)

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Paul Steklenski
5gallons chicken wild rice veggie soup
Amy Larsen
2 9x13 pans of sweet potato, black bean and quinoa casserole
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. Please pick up containers the following night when the WC is open. 

03/25/2020
(Wed, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(3)

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Paul Steklenski
Stuffed peppers and roasted veggies
Anne Flueckiger
Grilled cheese or quesadillas
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. Please pick up containers the following night when the WC is open. 

03/26/2020
(Thu, 8:03pm - 8:30pm)
(3)

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Rick Troy
Serving kielbasa with sauerkraut, boiled potatoes and carrots in a roasrer and chocolate cake for.dessert.
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. Please pick up containers the following night when the WC is open. 

03/27/2020
(Fri, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(3)

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Julie Jagim
6 pizzas
Carol Kelley
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. Please pick up containers the following night when the WC is open. 

03/28/2020
(Sat, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(3)

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Patti Maguire
baked pasta & meatballs, garlic bread
Rick Troy
Menu to be determined -.stay tuned.
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. Please pick up containers the following night when the WC is open. 

03/29/2020
(Sun, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(3)

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Paul Steklenski
Chicken wild rice veggie soup
Amy Packer
Veggie Chili
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. Please pick up containers the following night when the WC is open. 

03/30/2020
(Mon, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(3)

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Anne Flueckiger
quesadillas
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. Please pick up containers the following night when the WC is open. 

03/31/2020
(Tue, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(3)

 
All slots filled
Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (3)
Foof type TBD

Snacks

Grab and go: fruits, veggies, granola bars, juice, water

Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. 

03/21/2020
(Sat, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(2)

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Dory Sjoblom
I'm bringing a 58 pack of granola bars, 8 trail mix pkgs, 11 bananas, 8 ct pk of instant oatmeal, and 30+ tangerines
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. 

03/22/2020
(Sun, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(2)

 
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. 

03/23/2020
(Mon, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(2)

 
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. 

03/24/2020
(Tue, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(2)

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Christy Atkinson
Enough fruit, granola bars, string cheese, and juice for 70-80
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. 

03/25/2020
(Wed, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(2)

 
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. 

03/26/2020
(Thu, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(2)

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Patti Hallback
Granola bars, fruit & string cheese for 70
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. 

03/27/2020
(Fri, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(2)

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Therese Presley
Tom and i can bring granola bars ,fruit and baby carrots.
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. 

03/28/2020
(Sat, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(2)

 
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. 

03/29/2020
(Sun, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(2)

 
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. 

03/30/2020
(Mon, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(2)

 
Knock on the Breakfast Door for entry. Either leave food on the sidewalk when CHUM staff approach the door, or pass it through to staff when they arrive. 

03/31/2020
(Tue, 8:30pm - 8:30pm)
(2)

 
All slots filled
Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (2)
Food type TBD
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