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Warming House receives $4,000 grant from Renodin Foundation

Jan 18, 2024

From left: Mike Waseda, Laura Whitford of the Renodin Foundation, Molly Edgington, Kylee Leonard and Natalie Ponzi.The Warming House, St. Bonaventure University’s student-run soup kitchen in Olean, has received a $4,000 grant from the Dr. Lyle F. Renodin Foundation.

The money will be used to purchase nutritious food, and cleaning and food service supplies, said Alice Miller Nation, director of University Ministries.

“We are always grateful for the support of the Renodin Foundation, which has been a benefactor of the Warming House for years,” Miller Nation said. “As we work to build an endowment to sustain the Warming House for years to come, grants like these are vital for us to provide daily meals to the underserved members of our community.”

The Warming House, founded in 1974, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

The Renodin Foundation provides grants for programs and projects whose public charitable purposes are carried out in a manner consistent with the tradition of the Franciscan Sisters. Grant awards show a connection to the mission of the foundation and assist the needy, underprivileged, elderly, developmentally disabled, handicapped, and economically disadvantaged.

The foundation is attentive to the religious tradition and pastoral mission of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and committed to the Gospel stance of social justice, which is lived out in a spirit of love, healing and compassion.

The foundation focuses its energy and resources primarily in the Twin Tiers and strives to improve the quality of life of the region’s poor and marginalized neighbors.


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