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The Warming House is one of the oldest student-run soup kitchens in the nation.
It started as drop-in center for lonely adults in 1974, and in the early '80s began offering one meal a day to the hungry, homeless and disadvantaged. Today, it serves more than 12,000 meals annually.
In cooperation with SBU's Franciscan Center for Social Concern, the Warming House is open six days per week, year-round, and has a support team of more than 300 student volunteers and some 100 community members.
In March of 2011, the Warming House moved into a newly renovated storefront in the heart of downtown Olean at 164 N. Union St. In its new, larger location, the Warming House is able to offer expanded services, such as a classroom for developmental education and related workshops. It has grown into a true community center and a valuable resource to Olean-area residents.
The Warming House offers service and internship opportunities for St. Bonaventure students as it continues its mission to provide nourishment, fellowship and dignity to its guests.
The Warming House is glad to welcome volunteers. Visit the Thomas Merton Center on campus for information about how to help out at The Warming House.
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