Legislature Thanks Partners for Making Warming Center at Christ Church Successful

The Orleans County Legislature today acknowledged the partnership of several agencies,  including lead agency Oak Orchard Health, in providing a warming center for homeless individuals at Christ Church in Albion during this past winter.  State law requires that a Code Blue alert go into effect when temperatures are expected to fall below 32˚F with wind chill for at least two consecutive hours and that emergency shelter for the homeless be provided. 

“In response to the urgent need for shelter and support during harsh weather conditions, Oak Orchard Health in partnership with Orleans County announced the opening of its Warming Center in November of 2023,” said Lynne Johnson, Orleans County Legislature Chairman.  “This crucial initiative provided refuge and assistance to individuals experiencing homelessness, ensuring their safety and well-being during extreme cold.”

The warming center was open to serve individuals in need on 131 code blue nights this past season and a total of 63 individuals, including repeat individuals, took advantage of the center.  In addition, the Hoag Library was open to serve individuals during their normal business hours.

“Now that winter conditions are hopefully behind us, I want to extend our deepest gratitude to the volunteers and organizations who have contributed their time, resources, and compassion to make the warming center possible,” said Johnson.  “The success of this effort is a testament to our community's incredible compassion and generosity.

Johnson recognized the invaluable collaboration of local partners, including but not limited to, the Department of Social Services (DSS), Christ Episcopal Church, Oak Orchard Health, Orleans United Way, HOAG Library, Community Action, Ministry of Concern, Independent Living, Medina Area Association of Churches, Orleans County Emergency Management and Hands 4 Hope.

“The cooperation of these organization was instrumental in establishing and operating the Warming Center and together, we worked to ensure that every community member has a warm and safe place to seek refuge during inclement conditions,” said Johnson.