Code Blue Provides Emergency Shelter for the Homeless

Code Blue is a term used when the outside temperature with wind chill has dropped, and the homeless are urged to seek emergency shelter.

The William Mattar 4 Code Blue campaign raises awareness for Code Blue homeless shelters throughout our community. Our campaign highlights the lifesaving operations of Code Blue and the urgent need for donations, supplies and volunteers so Code Blue homeless shelters can help those in need this winter. At William Mattar law offices, we are asking for the public’s assistance as our winter weather season kicks into high gear.  Please follow one of the links below to support a Code Blue homeless shelter near you.

In the Spotlight – St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy Code Blue Shelter – Buffalo, New York

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Located in Buffalo, New York, St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy is one of just a few Code Blue shelters available to the homeless in Western New York. Code Blue is an emergency weather safety plan in effect from November 15th to March 15th, that provides outreach, transportation, shelter and a warm meal to Buffalo’s homeless on nights when the temperature with wind chill drops to 15 degrees or below. Code Blue officially runs between the hours of 8 pm to 8 am, and in just the last few weeks of 2019, St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy Code Blue homeless shelter has already housed over 120 men for the 2019-2020 Code Blue season.

St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy is part of the Buffalo Code Blue Collaborative and through combined outreach efforts, they go out on bitterly cold nights to find and help people, encouraging them to go to a Code Blue shelter. St. Luke’s does not want to leave anyone exposed to freezing temperatures that can lead to hypothermia or death. While offering shelter and a bed to approximately 40 to 50 men during Code Blue nights, the Mission also provides warm clothing, hats, boots, coats, and gloves in addition to a hot dinner and morning breakfast.

William Mattar invites you to support St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy. As a 100% volunteer and donation-based shelter, they rely on the public’s support so they can continue to provide a safe haven and meals to those who need help this winter. St. Luke’s does not receive funding from the government or the Catholic Diocese, and .98 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to their programs and to the people who desperately need help.

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What A Code Blue Season at St Luke’s Looks Like:

Code Blue- 21 nights with an average of 45 men = 945 safe night’s sleep, 2 meals provided for 45 men over 21 nights = 1,890 meals, sheets and blankets provided leading to a minimum of 40 loads of laundry per night = 840 loads of laundry, provided gloves, shoes and coats as needed, about 4,000 cups of coffee per winter season.

St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy is more than just a Code Blue Shelter. Their programs help feed families and provide safe nights of sleep to thousands:

  • Their Sandwich Ministry at Good Shephard distributes almost 10,000 sandwiches yearly
  • Over 93,000 meals are served yearly at the Soup Kitchen
  • About 22,000 safe nights of sleep are provided each year
  • Assisting families in transitional housing for 37,230 safe nights of sleep each year
  • Over 8,000 Thanksgiving Food Bags are distributed to families in need
  • Over 7,000 Christmas Food Bags are distributed to families in need

Support a Code Blue Shelter in your community – A successful Code Blue would not be possible without the hard-work and dedication of many volunteers, agencies and community support. There are many ways you can help!

Buffalo, NY

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Donate To Restoration Society, Inc.: Harbor House

Founded in 1973, the Restoration Society, Inc. is a peer operated agency that offers recovery-based person centered services for adults 18 years or older in Western New York.

241 Genesee Street
Buffalo, NY 14204


Holy Cross

412 Niagara Street
Buffalo, NY


Rochester, NY

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Donate To Open Door Mission

Since 1952, the Open Door Mission provides for the spiritual and physical needs of the homeless men, women and children of Rochester, NY by restoring hope and changing lives.

156 Plymouth Ave
Rochester, NY 14608


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Donate To REACH Advocacy

In 2015, the Rochester Emergency Action Committee for the Homeless (REACH) was formed with the mission of providing emergency winter shelter for those homeless persons who were unable to find shelter anywhere else.

720 West Main Street
Rochester, NY 14611


Syracuse, NY

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Donate To RESCUE Mission Alliance

Since 1887, the Rescue Mission has been providing programs to end hunger and homelessness in Syracuse, Auburn, Binghamton and Ithaca areas.

155 Gifford Street
Syracuse, NY 13202


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Donate To The Salvation Army, Syracuse Area Services

The Salvation Army has been providing food and shelter to those in need in the Syracuse area since 1883. The Salvation Army now serves more than 38,000 people each year throughout Onondaga County.

677 South Salina Streets
Syracuse, NY 13202


Albany, NY

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Donate Now Capital City Rescue Mission

Capital City Rescue Mission began over 70 years ago to help the homeless, the hungry and to give hope and new life to individuals and families in downtown Albany.

259 S. Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12202


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Donate Now Interfaith Partnership: The Safe Haven Shelter

Since 1984, Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless mission is to address the needs of the homeless and low-income community by providing a variety of services to encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment and stability.

26 S. Swan Street
Albany, NY 12210