Traverse City Church Extends Breakfast Hours to Protect People from the Cold

Luana Dueweke, a volunteer at Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City, said, “Today because it’s it’s in the sub zero temperatures we’ve extended our hours til one o clock.”

Central United Methodist’s breakfast outreach is usually done by 11 a.m.

But with today’s freezing temps, the church kept busy serving today into the afternoon — even on its slow day.

Breakfast Outreach Lead Volunteer Mike Hornby said, “Sunday’s is usually a little quieter. i think we had between 35 and 40 people this morning.”

The church took advantage of its kitchen facilities and worked with other charities today to keep homeless people safe and out of the cold.

It says its downtown location makes it easily accessible.

Dueweke said, “It’s located in the center of the city so it’s been a good place for the outreach program.”

Other organizations are pitching in to keep people safe from the frigid temps, too.

She said, “We as well as other churches provide vans and buses to take the guests to the safe harbor church

The church says extending hours wouldn’t be possible without help from the community.

“We are always looking for more volunteers and more donations because it’s one of those things that just never goes away,” Dueweke said.