Community Foundation of Otsego County announces its last and largest award of the 2022 award cycle. Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties received $25,000 to support the Oneonta Warming Station operations.
In its third year of operation, the warming station provides shelter, food, and other social services to homeless community members. The need is greatest during code blue nights when the temperature drops below freezing. The station supplied 49 bed nights during its first year. Last winter, the demand expanded to 1,031 bed nights. Services have grown from food and shelter to assistance in obtaining clothing, health insurance coverage, sanitation, and transportation. The station has a professional staff complemented by community volunteers.
Now located at the First Presbyterian Church, 296 Main Street in Oneonta, the warming station opens at 5:30 PM nightly from November 1 through March 31.
The Community Foundation, along with its partner, the Robert and Esther Black Family Foundation and its fund at the Richland County Foundation, provided this award under the 2022 award cycle. This is the second award the warming station has received from CFOC.
“I’d like to express my gratitude for the grant from The Community Foundation of Otsego County,” said Christy Houck, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties. “The support from this grant allows Catholic Charities to continue to assist those in need who come to the warming station this winter.”
Our 2023 Awards Cycle will open soon. For details see the CFOC website at cfotsego.org.
(The Oneonta Daily Star article on CFOC’s award: https://www.thedailystar.com/community-foundation-supports-warming-station/article_001b84ec-a0d9-11ed-b363-578c82cbe943.html)
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