Local Refugee Shelter Opens Its Doors to the Public

June 1, 2013 Updated Jun 1, 2013 at 6:58 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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June 1, 2013 Updated Jun 1, 2013 at 6:58 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The largest refugee center in the nation, located on the East side of Buffalo, opened its doors to the public Saturday.

It's all in an effort to raise awareness for Vive, the shelter that is helping hundreds of people who have fled their native countries and are now seeking asylum in the United States.

"When they arrive we give them all of their clothing if some don't come with anything," said Angela Jordan Mosely, Executive Director of Vive. "We provide the food and shelter. They don't qualify for any assistance while they are waiting for their case to be heard so they are sitting here for two years."

Vive, located in a renovated school building at 50 Wyoming Street, is now one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

The shelter houses, feeds, and provides legal services to 100 people and 35 children at a time, at no cost to the individuals.

Vive runs mostly on funds from foundations and donations from the public.

If you would like to contribute, stop by the shelter or call (716) 892-4354.