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A Big Heart For Our Hurting Neighbors​

we believe that everyone is redeemable by god’s love

Buffalo City Mission believes that everyone deserves a second chance in life.

We believe that people can change. That no one is “too far gone.” That God freely gives us grace, love and countless second chances. That’s because we see amazing transformations every day!

Our heart is for helping our neighbors who have been trapped in destructive patterns of homelessness, addiction or abuse. Giving them the support and strength to break free through the grace of God.

Join our mission to alleviate homelessness by restoring people’s hope and dignity – and help them live a life of meaning and purpose again.

Our Mission

The Buffalo City Mission exists to restore hope and dignity to the hurting and homeless through the transforming grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.

Our Vision

The vision of the Buffalo City Mission is to reduce homelessness for men, women, children and families in Western New York through the provision of emergency shelter, food, transitional housing, education, and linkages to other supportive services, and in this process transform souls for Jesus Christ.


Our Purpose

Our purpose is to proclaim and demonstrate the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ, caring for the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of men, women and children in need of hope.

Culture Statement

Our culture is rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ; for the purpose of glorifying God and edifying all. We lead with honest, positive, thoughtful leadership-fostering trust, communication, respect, encouragement, growth, laughter, and love. In the spirit of Matthew 25:35 we seek to serve others as Christ, in unity, hoping in his return.


Our Statement of Faith

Buffalo City Mission is a non-denominational Christian organization. We are committed to the following essential truths of biblical Christianity.

  1. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and therefore our only authority.
  2. We believe in the Trinity of the Godhead.
  3. We believe in the creation of man by the direct act of God.
  4. We believe in the fall of man and his need for redemption.
  5. We believe in the Deity, incarnation and virgin birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
  6. We believe in Christ’s vicarious atonement for the sins of mankind by the shedding of His blood on the cross.
  7. We believe in Christ’s bodily resurrection from the tomb and His Ascension into Heaven.
  8. We believe in Jesus Christ’s personal, imminent return.
  9. We believe in the Personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit.
  10. We believe in the justification of the believer by grace through faith.
  11. We believe in a literal Satan who is our adversary.
  12. We believe in a literal Heaven for the redeemed and a literal hell for the lost.


(Adopted in 1917, from the Statement of Christian Faith by the founding committee and used by the Board of Directors as the foundation for work.)

CORE Values

Buffalo City Mission ascribes to a non-denominational, evangelical Christian confession of faith (our Statement of Faith) and requires all individuals in leadership to do the same.

1. We value people as eternal beings created in God’s image with inherent dignity and worth.

2. We believe that every person, no matter how adverse the circumstances, is redeemable by God and can live a life of meaning and purpose.

3. We teach individuals to accept responsibility for their actions and encourage them to become people of integrity, responsibility and commitment.

1. Our leadership will have a missionary calling, expressing cultural and Christian diversity, serving God and man as a team, and maintaining the highest level of personal integrity and commitment.

2. We are committed to helping each individual reach and attain their God-given potential.

3. All staff and leadership must know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and regard cultivating their personal relationship with Him as their highest priority and calling.

S = Support             Support each other with kindness and love
                                   Mark 12:31

E = Empower          Uplift each other in strength and confidence
                                   1 Thess 5:11

R= Respect              Unconditional acceptance
                                   Romans 12:10

V= Value                  Honor all in their thoughts, actions, and beliefs
                                   Ephesians 2:10

E= Engage               Commitment to the organization and our goals
                                   1 Cor 12:2

Provide opportunities for the local church and community to use their gifts and resources to serve the needy under the direction and at the discretion of Mission leadership.

Provide clean, well-maintained, secure facilities that honor God as an example to our clients and community.

1. We will raise and spend our finances with the utmost of integrity, accountability and openness.

2. We value economy, good stewardship and living within our means.


Meet Aubrey

I am so pleased you want to learn more about Buffalo City Mission and the ways you can join us in our ministry. Since our doors opened in 1917, we have served our neighbors throughout Western New York… helping them overcome hunger and homelessness to find hope, healing and new life in Jesus Christ.

On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, I invite you to join us as we work to strengthen our community by restoring families and rebuilding lives.

Buffalo City Mission CEO

If you are already a supporter, please accept my heartfelt thanks for your faithful friendship. Your generosity offers rescue, restoration and renewal to countless men, women and children. Because of you, they are leading more stable, healthy and productive lives that are firmly rooted in Christ.

If you are new to Buffalo City Mission, I would love to welcome you to our family. Please take a moment to explore our website and read our stories. My prayer is that as you learn more about our ministry, you will be inspired and encouraged to volunteer someday… come in for a tour… or donate a meal to someone in need.

Whether you’re new to the Mission or have been a friend for years, I covet your prayers for the work we do and the guests we serve. And please consider how the Lord could use your time, talents and treasure to support the life transformation that takes place here.

Any dollar you give – or hour of time you donate – will make a lasting impact in our community. Together, we can make a difference! This is YOUR city, and this is your Mission.
May God bestow His abundant blessings on you!

Serving Christ together,

Aubrey Calhoun

Aubrey Calhoun
CEO and Executive Director

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Financial Accountability

Financial Accountability

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Our Impact

Our Impact

With your help, we're working hard to change the face of homelessness in Western New York.
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Our History

Our History

Find out how our ministry has grown & changed since our humble beginnings in 1917.
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