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, highlighting the lifesaving operations of Code Blue and the urgent call for donations, supplies and volunteers so Code Blue homeless shelters can continue to help those in need this winter.  As the number of people in need increases, we are asking for the public’s assistance in helping support our community’s Code Blue homeless shelters. Please follow one of the links below to support a Code Blue homeless shelter near you.

 

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

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Located in Buffalo, New York, St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy is one of just a few organizations to have provided Code Blue shelters. 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. Due to Covid-19 limitations this year, St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy Code Blue efforts will be in a support role of providing meals to the running shelter.

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. In addition to supporting The Restoration Society, Inc. Code Blue Shelter with meals, the Mission also provides warm clothing, hats, boots, coats, and gloves in addition to thousands of weekly meals at their St. Luke’s campus.

William Mattar invites you to support St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy. As a 100% volunteer and donation-based organization, they rely on the public’s support so they can continue to provide help to those in need 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.

William Mattar invites you to support St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy. As a 100% volunteer and donation-based organization, they rely on the public’s support so they can continue to provide help to those in need 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. The William Mattar team will be delivering donations to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy from December 8 through February 15, 2022. If you are able to donate new hats, gloves, or socks we will have a donation bin available from 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday – Friday in the vestibule of the William Mattar office located at 6720 Main Street in Williamsville, NY 14221. Thank you for your support.

 

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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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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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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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The Guest House

The Guest House, run by Volunteers of America Upstate New York, provides immediate emergency shelter and support services for families. The shelter is one of only two shelters in Rochester, New York that allows families to remain together during a housing crisis.

214 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14608

 

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REACH Advocacy

REACH is not offering Code Blue services this year due to COVID-19.

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

 

 

 

 

RESCUE Mission Alliance

Putting LOVE INTO ACTION through shelter, food, clothing, and hope in the Syracuse, Auburn and Binghamton areas.

155 Gifford Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

 

Albany, NY

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interfaith Partnership: The Safe Haven Shelter

Safe Haven provides safe and supportive overnight emergency shelter between November and April for homeless adults who are unable to access any other form of shelter and who would otherwise be staying in places not meant for human habitation, including parks, cars and abandoned buildings. Safe Haven offers a barrier-free approach and provides a welcoming place for individuals struggling with addiction, untreated mental illness and other complex issues that have prevented them from being successful in traditional shelters or obtaining stable housing. Guests at Safe Haven receive a warm meal and bed, as well as the opportunity to engage with IPH case managers.

26 S. Swan Street
Albany, NY 12210

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Joseph’s House & Shelter

Joseph’s House provides emergency shelter and support services to men, women and children. Joseph’s House mission is to provide non-judgmental services to end homelessness.

74 Ferry Street
Troy, NY 12180

 

Binghamton, NY

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Volunteers of America Upstate New York

Volunteers of America is the only shelter in Binghamton that houses entire families, allowing men and women with children to stay together in a safe and stable environment. Every year, Volunteers of America serves nearly 100 families in the Binghamton area.

320 Chenango Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

 

 

 

 

 

YWCA Binghamton/Broome County

YWCA provides individual clean, safe apartments for homeless or formerly homeless women and their dependent children. Empowering women in supportive housing programs to live independent, healthy lives.

80 Hawley Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

 

Elmira, NY

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Second Place East Homeless Services

Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler Counties is committed to fighting poverty and serving all individuals in need. Second Place East Homeless Services, run by Catholic Charities, provides emergency shelter and resources to address homelessness.

605 College Ave
Elmira, NY 14901

 

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