College and Greater Middletown Interfaith Council Partnering to Raise Funds for The Warming Station

PHOTO: Jeremy TorresMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- SUNY Orange and the Greater Middletown Interfaith Council will “Band Together” to support the efforts of the Middletown Warming Station on Sunday, June 7, co-hosting a benefit concert featuring the music of local musicians Rachel Berkman and Generations, along with Jeremy Torres.

The concert, under the theme of “Band Together,” will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on the Alumni Green on the College’s Middletown campus. Admission is $10 ($5 for children 12 and under) with all proceeds earmarked to support the Warming Station, Middletown’s homeless shelter.

Located at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, the Warming Station serves up to 30 people a night. Open overnight from mid-November to the end of March, the shelter provides a warm space, a hot meal and coffee seven days a week for those who otherwise would be trying to sleep outside in the cold of the Middletown winter. This past winter, more than 200 individuals were guests for at least one evening.

Shelter oversight each night is provided by a professional staff member along with two volunteers from community service organizations or local congregations, with meals supplied by additional volunteers from around the area. Often local bakeries supply bread and pastries for breakfast. If you so choose, you are invited to join this crucial effort as a volunteer.

“People who are homeless are just like everyone else. The difference is they don’t have a place to stay at night,” says Rabbi Joel Schwab of Temple Sinai.

PHOTO: Rachel Berkman“Orange County is an amazing microcosm of America as a whole. The entire spectrum, right down to the poorest of the poor, are right here in Orange County,” says Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president. “Music is like good literature. It’s a common thing to the human species. It brings people together regardless of background.”

Schwab sees music as a tool for both worship and goodwill. “What religious communities do as part of their prayer life – music – can be utilized to support what religious communities do as a central part of their value system – the ministry to those who need help.”

Sponsorships and other methods of support for the concert are available. Equally valuable are donations of food, drink and other refreshments for concert day. For more information, please contact Ethan Weber at (845) 699-6424 or ethanbandtogether@gmail.com, or Sandra Torres at (845) 956-3793 or Sandrabandtogether@gmail.com.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940