Who We Are - Buffalo City Mission

Our Leadership

Stuart Harper

Stuart L. Harper
Executive Director
and Chief Executive Officer

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Psalm 23)


Aubrey Calhoun
Associate Executive Director
Development, Public Relations and Volunteer

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)

Amy Thew

Amy Thew
Senior Director and CFO
Finance, Grants and Human Resources

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. (Ephesians 1:17)

Yvonne Banks

Yvonne Banks
Chief Operating Officer
Client Services, Spiritual Leadership and Education

But Jesus beheld them and said unto them ‘With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.’ Matthew 19: 26 KJV

Since 1917, Buffalo City Mission has seen the City of Buffalo and its people through hard times on every level imaginable. Through the widespread devastation of the Great Depression to the current economic downturn in our city, the Mission has opened its doors to help men, women and children restore their hope, dignity and lives.

For over 100 years, the Mission has met the spiritual and practical needs of the poor through the demonstration of Christ’s love and the preaching of the Gospel. Look around you and you will see our work is far from over.

Each year, more men, women and children come to us for help. At the same time, their needs become increasingly complex. Providing food and shelter to people in crisis is simply not enough.

Today, Buffalo City Mission offers long-term recovery programs, counseling, work and life-skills training, education assistance and health-care services for homeless men, women and families committed to turning their lives around. We offer outreach programs to prevent homelessness for individuals and families in the low-income community.

It will take all of us—individuals, businesses, churches, service groups and foundations—to meet the challenges ahead. Please browse our Web site and see how God works miracles at Buffalo City Mission through compassionate friends like you!

Are you interested in learning more about what Christ-based organizations like Buffalo City Mission are doing to minister to the homeless?  The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) is an accreditation agency dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn the public’s trust through adherence to seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship. The Buffalo City Mission is a member in good standing of the ECFA.  Founded in 1979, it is comprised of over 1,200 evangelical Christian organizations, which qualify for tax-exempt, nonprofit status and receive tax-deductible contributions to support their work.  ECFA’s Standards of Responsible Stewardship focus on board governance, financial transparency, integrity in fund raising and proper use of charity resources.  To learn more about the ECFA, log on to www.ecfa.org.

Our Board of Directors

Paul Kazmierczak
Jurisdiction Manager at National Grid

Grace Huff
Vice President
M.S. Tax, CPA

Sharlene Buszka
Associate Professor, Daemen College

Joel Terragnoli

John A. Pieroni, CFP®
Partner, WNY Asset Management, LLC

Kirk Wildermuth
Anderson’s Frozen Custard

Schuyler Banks
Business Professor, Erie Community College

Rev. Melody Rutherford
Chaplain, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

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