The Kahler House: Making Good Things Happen In Lockport

October 4, 2013 Updated Oct 4, 2013 at 7:16 PM EDT

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October 4, 2013 Updated Oct 4, 2013 at 7:16 PM EDT

A newly renovated home on Genesee Street is a sign of hope in this Lockport neighborhood. It's a shining example of a community coming together to help those in need.

"What we want to do is break the cycle of homelessness one man at a time, " says Marty Nagy of Lockport Cares.

The Kahler House will provide the shelter only for homeless men. It's the vision of Lockport Cares, a non-profit group made up mostly of volunteers, that runs a temporary homeless shelter right next door for families.

Lockport Cares was created in 2007 to respond to a growing need in Eastern Niagara County, offering people like Bobbi Wilson, a place to stay.

She says, "They were there to talk to you, listen to you. They looked out for you."

The Kahler House is named after Norman Kahler, Jr., a Lockport man who worked tirelessly on the renovations until he died of cancer in April.

With help from Lockport Habitat for Humanity and other local organizations and volunteers, the transformation of the home took place, and now it will be transforming lives.

Organizers say it's not a hand out, but a hand up.