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Kaleida Health Foundation Announces $100,000 Commitment to Buffalo City Mission

Released: 2/15/2019

Today, the Kaleida Health Foundation announced a $100,000 commitment to support construction for two transitional resident quarters in the new Buffalo City Mission Community Center at 100 E. Tupper Street.

The resident quarters serve as part of the City Mission’s DREAM Program, an initiative to prevent homelessness through individual empowerment.

“On behalf of the Buffalo City Mission, we express our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to the Kaleida Health Foundation for their incredible gift,” said Stuart Harper, CEO and Executive Director of the Buffalo City Mission. “Our work at the Mission includes a strong focus on empowering our residents to become self-sufficient on the path to leading fulfilling lives. The funding of two additional resident quarters will help to advance our work to provide residents with the resources they need to increase their chances of future success.”

“The Kaleida Health Foundation is honored to support the City Mission in their work to create meaningful, transformative impact for this community’s homeless men, women and children,” said Carol Horton, Vice President of the Kaleida Health Foundation. “The inspiring potential of the City Mission’s future Community Center aligns with our own organization’s mission to advance the health of our community. We are proud to contribute to their meaningful work.”

The announcement was part of a ceremonial press event and check presentation held today at the Buffalo City Mission.

Housed on the third floor of the City Mission’s new Community Center, the transitional housing area will include 52 independent units, a chapel, education classrooms, and a computer lab – all designed to empower self-sufficiency for guests.

“Today’s gift from the Kaleida Health Foundation embodies our organizations’ shared vision that, in working together, we can drive transformative change for every homeless individual in this community,” said Aubrey Calhoun, Associate Executive Director of the Buffalo City Mission. “We applaud the Foundation for its tireless work to advance our community’s health, and are proud to have them as a partner in our mission to transform lives of homeless individuals in our region.”

As part of its connection with the new Community Center, the Kaleida Health Foundation has also reserved two recuperative care beds that will be part of the Center’s fourth floor Recuperative Care Unit – part of the City Mission’s plans to work with health partners to provide care for the physically and mentally ill following a discharge from the hospital, as well as a community health care clinic. There are only 11 units available to sponsor.

“As one of the largest healthcare providers in Western New York and a trusted resource in the community, Kaleida Health believes in the betterment of our patients and fellow neighbors. Our mission, vision and values extend beyond our four walls into the diverse neighborhoods and communities that we serve. We’re proud to partner with the Buffalo City Mission on this project to create a better, brighter and healthier future for all,” said Chis Lane, President of Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute.

Scheduled to open in 2020, the 75,000 square foot flagship Community Center will provide preventative services on the front end to decrease the percentage of homelessness year-over-year for those who are on the brink of homelessness. It will also deliver more complete care to individuals who already experience homelessness. Notable features will include space for social service agencies, case management, mental health services, medical care, job training, basic family services, legal services, food, clothing and more.

The current Buffalo City Mission will remain open throughout the construction process.

The building is part of the City Mission’s vision moving into the next century to provide services that help prevent and decrease homelessness in the community. Today, approximately $12.2 million of a target $15 million has been committed or is in process – all through the City Mission’s Next Century Capital Campaign.

The Next Century Capital Campaign now is $2.8 million from its goal. To learn more about the campaign and how to donate, visit nextcenturycampaign.org.