Contact Us

Have a question for The Warming House? Contact us.

Paul Afful
Warming House Manager
To volunteer or for meal service questions:

Questions regarding donations:
Franciscan Center for Social Concern

Read our Newsletter

The Warming House newsletter keeps you abreast of happenings at our facility in downtown Olean and shares the stories of some of the compassionate and devoted students and others who keep it going. 


How you can help

There's always a place for you and other volunteers at the Warming House. If you are able to lend a helping hand, please email us at regarding your availability.

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Serving up nourishment, fellowship and dignity

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 St. Bonaventure'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.

United Way

The Warming House, a United Way agency,  is located in a large storefront in the heart of downtown Olean at 164 N. Union St. It has grown into a true community center and a valuable resource to Olean-area residents, offering services that include a classroom for developmental education and related workshops.

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 depends on the generosity of people like you. Please donate today to support this vital ministry.

How to find us, and how you can help

The Warming House is located at 164 N. Union St. Olean. There's no sign on the building, but it can be recognized by the paintings of scenes from SBU on the windows facing Union Street. The entrance is in the rear. Please park in the lot behind the building (off of North Barry Street) and enter through the glass door situated to the right of the alleyway that runs along the left side of the building.

The Warming House is glad to welcome volunteers. Visit the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry on campus for information about how to help out at The Warming House. 

More than a meal

The Warming House is about nourishment for the body, heart and soul!

God Bless Those Marauders!

Students from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Buffalo are with us every day.