SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – After six months of searching, Code Blue of Saratoga finally has a new home.
The Soul Saving Station, a church on the corner of Henry and Caroline Streets, agreed to take on Code Blue Starting November 1st. Shelters of Saratoga executive director, Michael Finnochi says the space is just what his organization needs.
“They have this community room, it’s got a kitchen, a big open area, tables set up. There are also bathrooms down there. They said we could use and it wouldn’t affect any of their programmings because they barely use it.”
Finocchi and Mayor Joanne Yepsen showed off the new space Wednesday.
“It’s a huge relief for so many. As Mike said, it’s mostly for the homeless,” Mayor Yepsen said.
Back in March, the Salvation Army was forced to stop hosting Code Blue because of new state regulations.
“The executive order of 32 degrees came into play there because it would interfere with some of the programs they plan on doing,” Finocchi said.
The Soul Saving Station says the partnership with Code Blue makes perfect sense.
“We actually started the women and children’s shelter in 1980 right outside these doors. We’ve been working with the homeless for almost 30 years,” Neysha Byrd, of First Lady of Soul Saving Station, said.
The basement of the Saratoga Church can house upwards of thirty. Shelters of Saratoga is also looking to help get another unused room there up to code so Code Blue can operate there as well.
Shelters of Saratoga says they hope they can use this space for years to come but they’re also searching for a building of their own for the future.