BUFFALO, N.Y. – (RELEASE) The Buffalo City Mission today announced exceeding its annual “One Mission, One Hope” fall campaign goal by raising over $1.84 Million dollars due to the generosity of our community. These critical funds will help sustain programs and services for the region’s homeless.
“Each year, we ask for the communities help in raising the money we need to serve thousands of men, women and children who come through the Mission’s doors for food, shelter and clothing said, Stuart Harper Executive Director. “This year alone, the Mission saw an increase of 17percent in the demand of our services in relations to food, clothing and groceries. Since the need continues to rise dramatically—so is the need for more services.”
With the number of needy individuals increasing from previous years, the Mission set one of its highest fundraising goals of $1.8 million, which represents nearly one-third of its annual budget.
Recent data shows that 21.5 percent of individuals report living in a place not meant for human habitation (street, parks, shacks, etc.) prior to seeking shelter from a homeless housing program and 85 percent of adults in homeless families are women.
Source: Homeless Alliance of Western New York
“There are certain times in your life that you need the help of others who truly care for your well being, by guiding you down the right path and willing to lend a helping hand when in need said, Anne Wilson, current resident of the Mission’s Women and Children’s Shelter, Cornerstone Manor. “For this is truly a place for second chances. I now have the opportunity of changing my life around for myself and my family and soon hope to enroll in college to become a registered nurse to be able to serve and help others.”
“We realize that 2010 has been a tough year due to the economic crisis that our City of Buffalo and residents have had to endure, said Harper. We know the needs are great all over. But through this campaign it has been proven that all Western New Yorkers are among the most generous people from any community. Our fine “City of Compassion” rose to the challenge to help those who are in need of whom we serve.”
Thank you all WNY for your generosity!
About the Buffalo City Mission
The Buffalo City Mission, founded in 1917, is a not-for-profit organization that provides preventative, emergency and long-term recovery services to thousands of people who are homeless or impoverished. The Mission includes: Women and Children’s Shelter (Cornerstone Manor); the Men’s Community Center; the Mission Automobile Vehicle Donation Program; and our Dick Road thrift store to better serve our community. For more information, please visit www.buffalocitymission.org or 854-8181.