Steve, Tara and Al, with baggers in the background, Notice that no one is working the back of the desk. Instead, Fran was doing the registrations down at the First Baptist Church (below).
In an effort not to have people waiting out in extreme cold during the remainder of the winter, the volunteers of the Friendship Center put into place a change in procedures on Wednesday, Jan., 2.
We served 87 people in our first session and 39 in our second session for a total of 126 people served for the day. We added four new members. The temperature outside was in the low 20s, with a wind chill of -4.
We had people sign in at the downstairs level of the First Baptist Church of North Adams, and then sent them over to the Friendship Center Food Pantry as space freed up. This procedure was suggested by Dan Bird to the Interfaith Action Initiative Steering Committee at its last meeting.
In the moring and early afternoon session, Dan and Fran Berasi signed people in at First Baptist’s street-level meeting room right off Eagle Street. Meanwhile, back at the Friendship Center, Al Nelson, Steve Green and Mark Rondeau asked people showing up at the Friendship Center to first go down to the church.
And a whole host of our ususal volunteers were on hand to bag our friends’ groceries.