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For Immediate Release:  September 23, 2015

Media Contact: Laurie Patsalides | 716.854.8181 x 44

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Funding will provide at-risk children materials needed for reading education


BUFFALO, N.Y. – Buffalo City Mission received an $8,500 grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to help improve school readiness of children through the Shape-A-Space Reading Library Center at the Cornerstone Manor. The funds will include a moveable library book cart and browser box, 35 educational book sets, 24 themed box sets of learning materials, and hands-on phonics resources and learning materials to advance the reading skills of at-risk, pre-kindergarten children.

“We are thankful to the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo for their generous donation,” said Buffalo City Mission Executive Director and CEO Stuart L. Harper. “Every dollar counts, and this money will help to further prepare children develop strong reading skills to enrich their education and lead to brighter academic futures.”

In the City of Buffalo, an estimated 52 percent of children under the age of five live below the poverty line – placing them at significantly higher risk of falling behind in the classroom. To address this, the Shape-A-Space Reading Library Center evaluates each child’s individual learning needs through a detailed assessment process.

The Center will assist approximately 25 children with early vocabulary and literacy development – assessing progress after two weeks in the program. Using the results and purchased materials through the grant, teachers will develop strategic lesson plans to enhance and improve the academic environment for all participating students.

About the Buffalo City Mission:

The Buffalo City Mission, founded in 1917, is a not-for-profit organization that provides preventative, emergency and long-term recovery services to thousands of people who are homeless or impoverished. The Mission includes: Women and Children’s Shelter (Cornerstone Manor); the Men’s Community Center; the Mission Vehicle Donation Program; and their Dick Road thrift store location to better serve our community. For more information, please visit or call 716-854-8181.


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11/12/14 - Tupper Street Facility Expansion

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08/09/14 - Motorcycle Run

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11/22/13 - NOCO Donates Turkey and Coffee

11/11/13 - Buffalo Sabres Dorm for Veterans at Mission

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10/02/13 - Fall Fundraising Campaign

08/20/13 - Landmark GED Program Success

01/29/13 - 2012 Campaign Exceeds Goal

10/11/12 - One Mission, One Hope 2012

04/02/12 - New Pizza Tuesday Sponsor

02/07/12 - 4th Annual Online Scavenger Hunt

02/02/12 - 2011 Fall Campaign Goal

12/06/11 - Tops and Taste of Buffalo

11/15/11 - Thanksgiving Community Meal

10/26/11 - In Need of Turkeys

10/12/11 - One Mission, One Hope 2011

09/05/11 - Pizza Tuesdays

08/27/11 - Motorcycle Run

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Funding will provide meals and kitchen supplies for impoverished men, women and children

Buffalo City Mission has now received more than $638,000 in total grants for 2015