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For Immediate Release:  March 26, 2021

Media Contacts: Taylor Stuart  | (607) 857-7370 | [email protected]


The Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise will provide community and preventative services, emergency shelter, transitional housing and recuperative care for the homeless

With amount raised, the City Mission officially exceeds $15 million goal for its Next Century Capital Campaign

BUFFALO, NEW YORK — Today, the Buffalo City Mission officially opened its new Community Center at 100 E. Tupper Street. Known as the Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise, the 75,000 square foot facility will provide preventative services to those who are on the brink of homelessness and many already experiencing homelessness. Notable features include space for social service agencies, case management, education, mental health services, a Recuperative Care Unit (the first of its kind in Western New York), medical care, job skills training, housing and career development, legal services, food, clothing and more.

Accompanying this news, the City Mission announced that it has raised $15,124,374 as part of its Next Century Capital Campaign – exceeding the $15 million goal established in 2018 to support construction of the new Center.

The announcements were part of a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony today in the facility’s new welcome center. Buffalo City Mission leadership and staff were joined by elected officials, community donors and distinguished guests including Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown; Darius Pridgen, Senior Pastor, True Bethel Baptist Church; Chris Alfiero, family member and Executive Director at Foundation 214; the Honorable Crystal Peoples-Stokes, New York State Assembly Majority Leader, 141st Assembly District; Danielle Shainbrown, Esq., President and Chief Business Officer, McGuire Development Company; the Honorable Timothy M. Kennedy, New York State Senator, 63rd Senate District; Gary Quenneville, Regional Executive of the Upstate New York Region and President of the Buffalo Market, KeyBank; and Russell J. Salvatore, Founder, Russell J. Salvatore Foundation.

“We are incredibly proud to open this new Community Center, which represents the work of countless individuals to support hope and healing for all,” said Stuart Harper, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Buffalo City Mission. “For more than one hundred years, the City Mission and this community have embodied what it means to be a City of Good Neighbors. Today is a special moment for this effort, as we recognize our city’s resilience, generosity, and collaboration to lift up the lives of our region’s poor and homeless.”

The Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise is part of the City Mission’s commitment to providing holistic services that help those in need in our community. In April 2018, the City Mission launched its Next Century Capital Campaign to support the facility’s end-to-end development.

The Community Center features four primary spaces including:

  • Community and Preventative Services – A 9,300 square foot community space – known as “The Center” – that features a state-of-the-art medical clinic staffed and managed by Jericho Road, mental health services, partner agency service access, case management, education, food and clothing pantry, and meals served 365 days a year.
  • Emergency Shelter – Expanding beyond the City Mission’s current space, this area is designed to significantly improve guests’ health and safety.
  • Transitional Housing – Built on the City Mission’s Transitional Housing Program, this platform provides each individual with a pathway to a stable life through the Mission’s holistic programing, education, and skill training resources, to lift them out of poverty and onto a pathway to a better life. This area includes 13 Resident Suites, totaling 52 independent units, a chapel, educational classrooms, and a computer lab – all designed to empower self-sufficiency for all guests.
  • Recuperative Care Unit – A dedicated space providing 13 hospital units, in collaboration with area healthcare providers, to extend home medical care to the physically and mentally ill following a discharge from a hospital.

“On behalf of the City of Buffalo, I congratulate the Buffalo City Mission and all involved in delivering this tremendous facility to our community,” said the Honorable Byron W. Brown, Mayor of the City of Buffalo. “As our City continues to experience a transformation which has included $7.8 billion in economic development activity since 2012, my Administration continues to grow a Buffalo where opportunity thrives and where every resident has the tools to build successful lives. This new Community Center, and the programming it provides, show how we are building an inclusive, innovative and supportive community together that leaves no one behind.”

The Buffalo City Mission thanks the entire community for the generosity, collaboration and commitment that make this new Community Center possible.

As a continual effort, the City Mission’s ongoing Pick-a-Brick Campaign allows individuals and organizations to make a lasting legacy gift – helping to continue to expand the “Pathway to Hope and Healing” into the next century. To pick your brick today, and to learn more about how you can help pave a pathway to a new life, visit

To learn more about the Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise, and to sign up for a personal tour of the new facility, please visit

About the Buffalo City Mission:

The Buffalo City Mission, founded in 1917, is a nonprofit organization providing preventative, emergency, and transitional housing programs to thousands of people who are homeless and impoverished every year. The Mission includes a Women and Children’s Shelter (Cornerstone Manor), the Men’s Community Center, and the Dick Road thrift store to serve the Western New York community. For more information, please visit or call (716) 854-8181.

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