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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

Buffalo City Mission’s vision is to restore hope to the homeless and hurting of Western New York. We provide emergency shelter and nourishing meals to thousands of homeless men, women and children. But we don’t believe that’s enough.

With the strengths of our brand new Community Center, The Alfiero Center of Hope and Promise, and our shelter for women and children, Cornerstone Manor, Buffalo City Mission provides comprehensive recovery programs to help homeless men, women and children rebuild stable, healthy, productive lives.

We believe Jesus calls us to open our arms wide as the need grows. We will continue to expand our services and develop innovative programs as the complexities of homelessness change.

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.

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.

1. We demand of ourselves high standards of competence and performance and accept the need to be accountable through appropriate structures for achieving these standards.

2. We seek to provide quality opportunities and experiences to our employees, providing them with opportunities for personal, spiritual and professional growth.

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 Stuart

Thank you for considering the Buffalo City Mission as a place to invest your support. Since 1917, our quest has been to provide hope and healing, serving Western New York by improving the quality of life of people who are hurting and homeless.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, I invite you to join us as we strive to ease homelessness in our community.

If you are already a supporter, I say “thank you” for your active interest in this life-changing ministry. Because of you, every day, in every season, the lives of countless men, women and children are being rescued, restored and renewed through the power of Jesus Christ. And the results are stable, healthy and productive lives.

If you are new to the Buffalo City Mission, I say, “welcome.” As you learn about our story, my hope is that you will learn to love the Mission as much as I do. That your interest grows to lead you to volunteer someday, come in for a tour, or donate a meal to someone in need.

Whether you’re new or a friend for years, I ask that you pray for us and how to use your time, talents and treasure in helping advance the work of our Mission.

We’ll be deeply grateful for whatever measure of support you provide, and trust that God will bestow His abundant blessings on you. Together, we can make a difference! This is YOUR city, and this is your Mission.

Serving Christ together,

Stuart Harper
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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