The Code Blue

Overnight Emergency Warming Center
Providing safe and warm overnight space for men, women, and families experiencing homelessness.

ATTENTION

The Code Blue Center will close for the 2021-22 season at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, April 13th.

If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, please call 2-1-1 or visit www.211sepa.org for immediate assistance. Please call or text (484) 393-2583 to inquire about bed availability at our Center. 
Code Blue Center
Code Blue Center

The Code Blue Center, located below Sacred Heart Church in Phoenixville, provides a cold weather, overnight center for men, women and families. According to Chester County regulations, "Code Blue is when temperatures dip to 35 degrees or below (considering the wind chill factor). This is when the risk of hypothermia, frost bite, or other cold-related injuries could occur if outside for prolonged periods of time."

Ann's Heart believes that whether it is 35º or 38º it is too cold to sleep outside at night during the winter months. This is why the Code Blue Overnight Emergency Warming Center is open from mid-November to mid-April (depending on the weather for any given year) from 8 PM to 8 AM, seven days a week, with one paid staff member and up to two volunteers per shift each night. However, during a severe weather event the center may remain open throughout the day to ensure that guests have a safe and warm place to shelter from the storm.

Center Information

Location:
Sacred Heart Church
Lower Level
146 Church Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460

Phone: (484) 393-BLUE (2583)
Call or text for bed availability.

Entrance to the Center is located to the right-hand side of the Church. Follow the sidewalk. Two large red doors to the Center are to the left of the walkway.

Monday
8:00 PM - 8:00 AM
Tuesday
8:00 PM - 8:00 AM
Wednesday
8:00 PM - 8:00 AM
Thursday
8:00 PM - 8:00 AM
Friday
8:00 PM - 8:00 AM
Saturday
8:00 PM - 8:00 AM
Sunday
8:00 PM - 8:00 AM
Help support the Center by volunteering your time! Volunteers support our work in various capacities, both during the day and during guest hours.

Who We Serve

The Code Blue Overnight Emergency Warming Center serves men, women, and families from the Phoenixville Borough and immediate surrounding townships. The Center can accommodate up to 15 individuals each night.

County Resources

Are you or someone you know at risk of or are currently experiencing homelessness?

Chester & Montgomery Counties
For access to immediate or long-term shelter option, please:
Call 2-1-1 OR visit www.211sepa.org

General Information

Doors open at 8:00 PM and close at 10:00 PM. Guests may not enter the Center past 10:00 PM unless they have made previous arrangements to do so with management as an accommodation for work schedules. The Center closes promptly at 8:00 AM. All guests must take personal belongings with them upon departure. Smoking, vaping, alcohol, and drugs are prohibited at our Center. 

The Code Blue Center has both shower and laundry facilities for guests to use and provides hot and cold beverages, simple meals, and access to toiletries and other immediate needs.

Community Resources

Below is a listing of local community partners who provide human services.

For immediate emergency supplies for area homeless.

For housing, transportation, financial management resources.

For emergency case management.

Local food pantry.


Needed Donations
Our Center runs solely on donations from our community and grants.

For this reason, we humbly ask for donations of the following supplies so that more of the monetary donations we receive can be utilized towards the operational costs to run the Center. Please consider donating an item from our Wish List, hosting a donation drive, or making a monetary donation.

Thank you for your support!

Highest Priority Needs

  • Lysol Spray and Wipes
  • New Sweat Pants (All Sizes)
  • New Long-Sleeve Shirts (All Sizes)
  • Gift Cards to Dunkin, Wawa, or Similar (Small Amounts)
  • Gift Cards to ACME, Giant, Redner's, etc.

Donation Drop Off

Donations may be dropped off at the HEART, located at 35 Hall Street in Phoenixville, within the front vestibule.

Please be sure to label all donations with "Code Blue". If you would like a donation acknowledgement letter please be sure to include a note with your contact information or email us with a description of your donation.

Please Note: In an effort to ensure that we are not duplicating existing services and are listening to those we serve, we do not accept the following types of donations: used clothing, blankets, sheets, towels, household goods, comfort or blessing bags, or similar items. Thank you!