Press Releases

For Immediate Release:  January 22, 2016

Media Contact: Laurie Patsalides |716.348.3143 | lpatsalides@buffalocitymission.org

City Mission Appreciates Community Support for Fall Campaign
and Conveys Need for Larger Facility

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Today, the Buffalo City Mission announces its gratitude to the entire community of Western New York for helping to raise $2.23 Million toward the 2015 “One Mission, One Hope Fall Campaign.” Through the community’s generosity, the Mission was able to provide over 188,000 meals and 82,000 nights of safe sleep for Buffalo’s poor and homeless. These critical funds will help sustain programs and services for the region’s homeless. Thank you!

“Each fall, we ask the community’s help to support the essential work that the Mission provides such as preventative, emergency, and transitional programing for men, women, and children. The Mission serves thousands of people who come through our doors seeking help,” said Stuart Harper, Executive Director and CEO of the Buffalo City Mission. For homelessness does not discriminate, it affects people from all walks of life, gender and age. The Mission is the area’s largest homeless shelter and will welcome every broken soul at the point of entry to help begin the process of restoration through a hot meal, warm bed, and with a future goal of permanent housing.”

“According to the Annual Report on Homelessness for 2014, over 6,126 lives were touched by homelessness and 71.7% of homeless in Erie County are men,” said Harper. “Even though the economy showed signs of improvement in 2015, the need for homeless services is still great. Roughly, less than one percent of the homeless population represents the chronically homeless. Which is a really small population considered with the fact, that 99.5% represent the overall homeless population who need programs and services.”

While the Mission runs at capacity every night with an overflow of cots distributed to adhere to the Executive Order for Code Blue, there just isn’t enough space. While chronic homeless was down compared to last year, according to HAWNY, the Mission already sheltered nearly 700 people alone this month due to Code Blue.

Currently in all of Buffalo, there are only 128 emergency beds available for men, with 92 of those beds at the Mission. To offset the influx of homeless individuals, the Mission foresees the need to expand to a much larger facility to provide over 184 emergency beds and 68 permanent supportive housing units to help provide a pathway toward a stable life where homeless men have the opportunity to build a better tomorrow.

“Homelessness in the Western New York area has not been eliminated. The Mission runs 365 days a year and the need remains great said, Harper.” Together we can make a difference. It takes a community to restore a life; this is your Mission!”

About the Buffalo City Mission:

The Buffalo City Mission, founded in 1917, provides preventative, emergency and long-term recovery services to thousands of people who are homeless or impoverished. The Buffalo City Mission is a nonprofit organization providing services through: Women and Children’s Shelter (Cornerstone Manor), the Men’s Community Center (a full men’s shelter), the Mission’s Vehicle Donation Program, and Dick Road thrift store in Depew. To schedule a tour or to learn how to become a volunteer, please visit www.buffalocitymission.org or call 716-854-8181.

 

Press Release Archives

01/22/2016 – 2015 Fall Campaign Summary

11/16/2015 – Fuccillo Donation

10/15/2015 – Turkey Plea

10/7/2015 – One Hope One Mission 2015

9/23/2015 – Community Foundation Grant

9/15/2015 – Walmart Foundation State Giving Program

7/7/2015 – Oishei Foundation Grant

3/18/2015 – Code Blue Funding

2/27/2015 – Read 2 Dream

1/6/2015 – Sub Zero Temperatures

11/12/14 – Tupper Street Facility Expansion

10/21/14 – One Mission One Hope Fall 2014

09/09/14 – BCM Expansion

08/09/14 – Motorcycle Run

01/27/14 – Exceed Goal for 2013 “One Mission, One Hope” Fall Campaign

11/22/13 – NOCO Donates Turkey and Coffee

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

10/29/13 – KeyBank Skill4Life Center

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

08/23/11 – Joys of Summer

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