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Code Blue Warming Station in need of new location

The Code Blue Warming Station, which provides a warm place overnight for the homeless during extreme cold weather, is searching for a new location after the group was told it could no longer use the Guyon Saunders Resource Center.

"Unexpectedly and ironically, Code Blue Warming Station - Amarillo is currently HOMELESS with little time to find a home before the potential of cold weather occurring in our area.

"We are grateful to have incredibly generous community support, a devoted volunteer base, and a dedicated planning and oversight committee comprised of many Amarillo area agencies and organizations which have made Code Blue Warming Station - Amarillo possible. We need the Amarillo community's help with sourcing a new location for Code Blue this rapidly approaching winter weather season so we can continue to offer a safe, warm place for the most vulnerable in Amarillo--unsheltered homeless--on deadly cold nights.

"Ideally, we are seeking permission to use, or a 6 month lease of, a building located in or near downtown with a large open area. If you have any leads, please message this page or text/call the Amarillo Housing First office at 806.414.2243.

"Over the past two winter weather seasons, Code Blue Warming Station - Amarillo was open a total of 71 nights and kept approximately 150 human beings and many pets safe and warm, while building trust, making referrals, and providing case management. This past winter weather season, we served an average of 74 homeless individuals per night.

"We'd like to extend a thank you to Guyon Saunders Resource Center for allowing the use of their facility for Code Blue's life saving outreach efforts with Amarillo's chronically homeless the past two winter weather seasons," the Code Blue posted on Facebook.

The Code Blue Warming Station is run by Amarillo Housing First.

With extreme cold wind chills forecast for this evening into Friday morning, Code Blue volunteers will be driving the streets of Amarillo tonight to assist the homeless.

"Around midnight, early Friday morning, October 11, Amarillo area wind chill values are expected to be in the teens with a low of just under 14 degrees Fahrenheit at 7 a.m.. This is deadly cold weather and Code Blue Warming Station - Amarillo is still homeless, so we are not able to activate. We still need the community's help in finding a location for Code Blue this winter season.

"Given the current forecast, this evening, Thursday, October 10, some of the Code Blue volunteers will be driving the city streets looking for individuals in need to give warming supplies: mylar blankets, hand warmers, gloves, hats, scarves, coats, etc. We are low on socks, so if you are willing to make a donation, or would like to assist with handing out warming supplies, we will be meeting at 5:30 p.m. on the north side of the Guyon Saunders Resource Center at the loading dock doors to distribute supplies to volunteers to hand out to vulnerable humans who have no where to go for warmth and safety in tonight's deadly cold weather," Code Blue posted on Facebook.

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