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An Ideal Night for Orange Youth to Freeze Out

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Jan 242016
 

This is the perfect overnight weather for the town’s youth to Freeze Out and see what it’s like to be homeless and living in a cardboard box.

This year's Freeze Out participants with Officer Bernegger and Trent. (Photo by Stewart )

This year’s Freeze Out participants with Officer Bernegger and Trent.
(Photo by Stuart King )

The Orange Congregational Church began its annual Habitat for Humanity event on Saturday evening as the snow continued to fall on the shanty town in front of the church.

During the evening, both of the Orange Police Department’s K9s, Loki and Trent and their handlers, Officers Chris Brown and Mary Bernegger paid a visit and provided demonstrations of their special skills — Loki (Tracking) and Trent (drug sniffing) — for the enthusiastic participants.

The teens and their adult chaperones took shifts spending time outside in the cardboard shanty town, while others participated in activities, like the hammering contest.

The event will end Sunday morning and everyone will go home and get some badly needed sleep in the warmth of their own beds, but the memory of being out in the cold will stay with them for a long time.

Each year the youth group dedicates time during the spring/summer building a home for a worthy recipient in the Habitat for Humanity program.

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Church Youth Group Ready To Freeze Out This Weekend

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Jan 202016
 

file photo of the 2013 shanty town.

file photo of the 2013 shanty town.

Orange Congregational Church Pilgrim Fellowship Sr. Youth Group is hosting its annual fundraiser for Youth United of Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County on Jan 22-23, 2016, starting at 6 p.m. Friday through 8 a.m. on Saturday morning.

They are doing a “Freeze Out” which entails a Shanty Town of cardboard boxes outside in front of the church. They’re hoping to have at least 15 teenagers and five adults to rotate the experience of living outside on a cold January night.

The purpose is to raise awareness about what Habitat for Humanity does while raising funds to build our 5th Youth United sponsored house in Bridgeport CT. They hope to raise at least $2,000 at this event. Any contributions are welcome and checks can be made out to: Habitat of Humanity of CFC/YU. Or just drive by and honk your horn to show your support!

For more information about the “Freeze-Out” or Youth United, please contact Beth Rafferty at the Orange Congregational Church at 203-795-9749.

Snow expected for The 2015 Freeze Out

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Jan 232015
 

unnamedIt’s been done in the snow, in sub-freezing temperatures, mild drizzle and above average temperatures.

 No matter what the weather, the youth of the Orange Congregational Church have participated in the “Freeze Out,” an important fundraising event to benefit Youth United/Habitat for Humanity for the past several years.

You will notice a shanty town of cardboard boxes out in front of the church this weekend. Each year the structure takes on a more elaborate style as those who construct it learn from the previous year’s design.

The 2015 Freeze Out begins at 6 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 23 with a pizza dinner for the participants and ends around 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. Snow is expected to fall right after midnight, so, bundle up kids!

After dinner the youths and adult chaperones will rotate every hour to experience living outside on a cold January night. Those who are inside the church hall will participate in activities and listen to guest speakers — often an Orange Police Officer and/or a Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 11.02.43 PMrepresentative from Habitat for Humanity.

The purpose of this event is to raise money for Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport. The Orange Congregational group hopes to raise at least $2,000 from this event to put toward its $10,000 State Farm Matching Grant.

Each teen who participates is required to get friends and family members to sponsor them to stay out in the cold and raise a minimum of $35 each.

Residents are welcome and encouraged to drive by anytime during the Freeze Out, see the shanty town and make a donation if you’d like.

The sponsor sheets will be available by contacting Beth Rafferty at 203-430-2145 or [email protected]

Remember Snow? We’re In For Some This Weekend

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Jan 222015
 

Snowfall059It looks like we’ll have a little snow on Saturday.

Tomorrow is the calm before the storm with sunny, dry weather and temps in the 30s.

Light snow is expected to begin around 9 a.m. on Saturday and may continue into the evening. Accumulations could be up to 5″ in Orange. There may be a wintry mix at times but, at this point it appears that we will see mainly snow.

The kids participating in the Orange Congregational Church’s Freeze Out will be cleared out by the time the flurries fly.

Orange Congregational Church Youth Freeze Out Was A Lesson In Survival

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Jan 242014
 

Kids make the best of their cardboard "home" in 17 - 19 degree temperatures.

Kids make the best of their cardboard “home” in 17 – 19 degree temperatures.

Orange Congregational Church Pilgrim Fellowship Sr. Youth Group spent the night out in the cold for its annual fundraiser for Youth United of Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County this weekend, Friday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. through Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 a.m.

The “Freeze Out” entails building a Shanty Town of cardboard boxes outside in front of the church, then staying inside the makeshift housing to experience living outside on a cold January night.

There were at least 16 teenagers and five adults who rotated in shifts throughout the night.

K-9 Officer Mike Kosh talks to some of the youth inside the church hall.

K-9 Officer Mike Kosh talks to some of the youth inside the church hall.

While some kids spent time outside, the other kids were in the warm church basement enjoying a full evening of activities and presentations.  Some of the activities included Orange Police Officer Mike Koch with his K-9 partner, Max; a guest speaker from Columbus House; and students from Sacred Heart University who talked about their Habitat for Humanity Mission Trip.

The purpose of this activity is two-fold:  1) to experience even for a short time what it would be like to be homeless and living out in the cold during winter and 2) to raise money for their Habitat for Humanity efforts. 

The teenagers have helped out with Habitat for Humanity for years – this year by raising enough money to start to work on a

This year's shanty town is sturdy and pretty roomy inside.

This year’s shanty town is sturdy and pretty roomy inside.

3rdYouth United house in Bridgeport.  Youth United Build involves youth from 5 to 25 years old. 

It gets very cold during those dark hours of the night so any positive reinforcement was welcome. Residents stopped by, dropped off treats, chatted with the kids about their experiences and shivered along with them. 

Youth United Makes Freeze Out Goal for Habitat

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Jan 202013
 

The 2013 Freeze Out Shanty Town

The Orange Congregational Church Pilgrim Fellowship Sr. Youth Group built a shanty town of cardboard boxes and took turns sleeping inside it from 6 p.m. on Saturday until 9 a.m.

At least 20 kids participated in the “Freeze Out” in front of the Church to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County, Youth United. Each one raised $35 in sponsorships to stay in the dwelling for a two-hour shift.

The event will help raise awareness about Homelessness, Habitat for Humanity, and their impact on the community. The goal of the Freeze Out is to raise at least $2,500 and the funds donated will be used to help build another Youth United house in Fairfield County. After completing a residence on Jane Street in Bridgeport, the group is anxious to start the third Youth United Habitat home.

Early in the evening Orange DARE Officer John Aquino stopped by to talk to the kids, and later everyone took a place on the floor and worked together to build heavy duty bird feeders to sell and raise more funds for Habitat.

By 9 p.m. the group had reached its monetary goal, according to Youth Leader Beth Rafferty.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity visit http://blog.habitatcfc.org. Contributions are welcome and checks can be made out to ‘Habitat for Humanity of CFC/YU’ and mailed or hand delivered to Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, Orange, CT 06477.

It Will Be Cold Tonight As The Annual Church Freeze Out Focuses On Homelessness Awareness

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Jan 192013
 

Each year the shanty town evolves into roomier, more “comfortable” digs.

The Orange Congregational Church Pilgrim Fellowship Sr. Youth Group will hold a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County, Youth United.

At 6 p.m. tonight, Jan. 19 til 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 the group will build and sleep in a Shanty Town of cardboard boxes and “Freeze Out” outside the front of the church.

A minimum of 20 participants each will be asked to raise at least $35 in sponsorships for staying in the cardboard boxes in two hour shifts during the night.

The event will help raise awareness about Homelessness, Habitat for Humanity, and their impact on the community. The goal of the Freeze Out is to raise at least $2,500 and the funds donated will be used to help build another Youth United house in Fairfield County. After completing a residence on Jane Street in Bridgeport, the group is anxious to start the third Youth United Habitat home.

For more information, call Beth Rafferty at 203-795-9749 or e-mail her at [email protected]net.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity visit http://blog.habitatcfc.org. Contributions are welcome and checks can be made out to ‘Habitat for Humanity of CFC/YU’ and mailed or hand delivered to Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, Orange, CT 06477.

Don’t forget to stop by the Freeze Out and support your local youth.

Originally Published on: Jan 4, 2013 @ 5:44 a.m.

Or Shalom Youth Group Raises Awareness To Homelessness

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Jan 132013
 

The Kadima 6th, 7th & 8th graders of Congregation Or Shalom spent six hours outdoors in cardboard boxes outside the Synagogue last night for their annual “Freeze Out”

The Freeze Out was an effort to become aware of the plight of the homeless in America. Last year 11 youths shivered on the snow covered ground this year, 14 young people and their adult chaperones gathered around a nice warm campfire.

The kids toasted marshmallows on long sticks and later learned what happened to a balloon when it hits the flames — it pops, sending sparks flying in every direction and then the smell of latex wafts through the air for quite a while afterward.

Throughout the evening people stopped by to drop off items that would be of help to the homeless (e.g., toiletries, coats, hats, gloves, etc.) that will be delivered to local shelters immediately. They also accepted cash donations for Orange Operation Fuel.

Orange Live gives all of you a big thumbs up.