A code blue alert is in effect through Sunday at the Open Door Mission to help Rochester’s homeless stay warm as temperatures continue to fall.
Under the alert, the mission has increased staffing, food supplies, and bedding. We spoke with the executive director, Anna Valeria-Iseman, who said the mission has gotten more leeway to enact a code blue whenever necessary, keeping people safe when they need help the most.
“We used to have more of a temperature benchmark, but right now we just essentially make the call,” said Valeria-Iseman. “If it’s colder than normal, if there’s a lot of snow, or if anyone comes in for weather conditions, the cold or the heat, we welcome them in.”
Despite a mild season so far, there have been eleven code blue days so far this winter.
If you’d like to make a donation to the Open Door Mission to help out during the code blue alert, you can click here.