Franciscan Center for Social Concern at Bona's

The Warming House

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 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.

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.

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.

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