Warm Nights, is a program of the Community Crisis Services, Inc. (CCSI) and part of Prince George’s County Hypothermia Program. Since 1993, PBUUC has joined with other area churches in providing Warm Nights to homeless men, women, and children. These Prince George's houses of worship each spend one week during the winter months (mid November to April) giving homeless people a place to sleep, a hot home-made dinner and breakfast, and a bag lunch to start their day. Warm Nights operates to provide overnight shelter to individuals in need of a safe, warm place to sleep. The program is intended as a supplement to homeless shelters. We generally have 17 to 25 men, women, and children each evening of Warm Nights.
Although the schedule changes from year to year, in recent years PBUUC's turn to host Warm Nights has been in early spring when the weather is still cool. Paint Branch members and friends clean; set up beds and privacy partitions; shop for food and supplies; cook meals at home then bring them to church and serve them; entertain our guests with videos, board games, or someone to talk to; make last-minute runs to the supermarket for supplies; wash the dishes and clean the kitchen every night; some spend the night at church, just in case help is needed (a CCSI counselor is also on hand throughout the night); then rise in the morning and prepare breakfast. At the end of the week, all the bedding is removed and the sanctuary restored. Fortunately, each year many members and friends offer helping hands. Individuals, PBUUC affinity groups, even our younger members and their parents pitch in and help out.
During Warm Nights, there is something for everyone to do, regardless of age or ability, so please join in—members and friends. We welcome your help and appreciate you giving your time and talents. By doing something for our guests, you will definitely be making a difference in their lives. For more information, send an email to SAC@pbuuc.org.