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Code Blue

Updated: Jan 27

Lower Merion faith congregations are piloting a men's shelter program during Montgomery County Code Blue declarations, when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to people.  The shelter will house up to five men from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Code Blue nights at a Lower Merion house of worship.


Beginning Thursday, February 1st the shelter location is Ardmore United Methodist Church.


On-call volunteers to staff the shelter are needed. All people, 18 and over are welcome to volunteer. Individuals with clinical and/or social work experience (social workers, nurses, physicians, clinical counselors, EMT’s, etc.) are encouraged to volunteer. The evenings are split into two five-hour shifts: 8:30 PM to 1:30 AM and 1:30 AM to 6:30 AM, with two on-call volunteers needed for each shift. When Code Blue declarations are called, volunteers will welcome guests and provide monitoring and assistance as needed.   During shelter shifts, volunteers will have 24-hour access to support professionals that can assist by phone as well as respond on-site as needed.


Another training session is scheduled for Monday, January 29 at 6:30 PM at AUMC.

A Code Blue Manual will be provided at that time.


All volunteers need to complete a current background check through Pennsylvania’s PATCH system. Your background check verification is produced as a pdf file that contains the Pennsylvania keystone symbol as a watermark. Please email the pdf file to Tom Yates at


SIGN UP for volunteer shifts HERE


For further information please email Tom Yates, Volunteer Coordinator, at or Pastor Tamie Scalise, Ardmore UMC Shelter Coordinator, at



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