For Immediate Release: January 27, 2014
Buffalo City Mission Exceeds Goal
for 2013 "One Mission, One Hope" Fall Campaign
Each October, Stuart Harper, Executive Director of the Buffalo City Mission, announces the launch of the Annual “One Mission, One Hope” Fall Campaign to raise critical funds necessary to sustain programs and services. Running from October through December, the campaign closed its books as the New Year emerged. During this time, the Mission needs to raise approximately 35% of its annual operating budget.
Today the Mission officially announced great news. To the joy of the Mission friends and family, Stuart Harper revealed that the Buffalo City Mission “One Mission, One Hope” campaign topped its goal of $2.0 million by actually bringing in $2.04 million.
“Once again, our community has demonstrated its generous support,” said Stuart Harper. “This support will allow us to do the hard and challenging work each day of the year and lift people up and restore Hope in them that tomorrow can be a better day. With the recent extreme weather conditions, the funding could not have come at a better time.
Donations to the Fall Campaign have helped provide the means to those who are helped through the Mission’s Code Blue program. “This is a very sensitive audience, the chronic homeless population,” said Stuart Harper, executive director. “These are individuals who do not want to reside within a shelter, but need to receive services during severe weather conditions. Many are saddled with mental illness and other challenges. The Mission’s doors are open to the homeless 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but when a Code Blue is called, extra space to accommodate everyone who needs shelter from the dangerous weather conditions is provided, including food, blankets, a bed and warm clothing.”
During Code Blue, the Buffalo City Mission opens its doors especially wide to provide shelter, clothing and hot meals for anyone, The Mission even sends out their van to bring people in from the cold, making stops by the Friends of the Night, the Belle Center, several libraries, homeless camps and under bridges.
No matter what the season is, homelessness is a persistent problem in our region.
Since January, 2013, the Buffalo City Mission facilities have operated at 90+ percent capacity. The organization has provided over 169,000 meals and more than 70,000 beds to poor and homeless men, women and children. As grateful as they are for the campaign funding raised, Mission officials project that the need will be even greater in 2014. With calls for a brutal winter and the growing problem of the “unseen” homeless, services will continue to be in demand.
And one thing is for sure. Thanks to the support of the local community, the Buffalo City Mission will be there for those in need. To learn more about “Code Blue” please visit the Mission’s website at: www.buffalocitymission.org.
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