May's Women In Leadership honoree is a local woman who is helping others fight for their freedom. They are refugees, hoping to make America their home.
The Buffalo-Niagara Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners has chosen Angela Jordan Mosely because of her work at Vive LaCasa in Buffalo. Eyewitness News Anchor Joanna Pasceri has her story.
Behind the doors of Vive LaCasa is an sanctuary for refugees. A place where those who have fled their homeland are welcome and safe.
Much of that security comes from the woman at the helm. She's Angela Jordan Mosely, who has transformed this operation in the seven years she's been here.
For Mosely, running Vive is more of a ministry than a job. That's how it began 28 years ago when nine nuns started taking in refugees at their Lackawanna convent.
Now, the facility is on Buffalo's East Side, serving four thousand refugees every year. Men, women and children looking for asylum in either the U.S. or Canada.
Besides providing their basic needs, Mosely also considers the emotional scars carried by the refugees. For Rose Vantariza, who fled her native Uganda when young women were being kidnapped and raped, Mosely has been a godsend.
And Mosley does it all on a shoe-string budget with 15 employees. Vive LaCasa no longer gets government funding, so it relies on donations from foundations and individuals.
Despite the challenges, Mosely stays committed to the refugees, the people she says this country was built on.