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Lisa is celebrating new life this Easter!…Thank you for touching her life with hope.

“I was just a mom who fell on bad circumstances… desperately needing help.”


Lisa moved to Buffalo with big dreams for her future.

“I really wanted to be a social worker, and I came here to go to college.” She and her son moved into campus family housing, and then the unexpected happened.

“The pandemic hit, and everything went crazy,” Lisa says. Her classes went online, and her son’s schooling became virtual, too. “I had to choose between educating myself or educating my son… I chose my son.”

Under the stress, Lisa’s grades dropped dramatically, and she couldn’t continue her classes. As a result, she and her son were forced to leave the school’s housing. “We had nowhere to go… It was terrifying.”

Thankfully, a social worker helped Lisa and her son connect with Buffalo City Mission. They came to our Cornerstone Manor shelter for women and children, grateful for a safe place to stay in their time of need.

“I was just a mom who fell on bad circumstances… desperately needing help.”

After a few months, Lisa joined our Transitional Housing Program to take steps toward a more stable future. “The classes here have helped me prepare for real life… And my son just loves it here. He feels comfortable and safe.”

Through Bible study and prayer, Lisa has also reconnected with the Lord, who has now become an important part of her and her son’s life. “I think God was there for me… and He wanted me to come back into His arms.”

Today, Lisa looks forward to continuing her education, pursuing a career and finding her own apartment where she and her son can make a home.

Your generous support has filled Lisa’s life with love, encouragement and, most of all, hope this Easter season. “Through the Mission, we’ve rebuilt a relationship with God… and friendships with others, too. Before I came here, I felt lost… but now I feel loved.”

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