November 12, 2013
Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 7:54 AM EDT
Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Toni Meldzuck was a dancer for years until one day a fall caused her to give it all up. Instead of dwelling on the negative, she focused on a new dream. She built Coming Home Buffalo Center for Holistic and Arts. This center helped her get her life back and she now wanted to give back others.
“I started this as a Pay it Forward kind of movement. What our mission is that people can come in, ground themselves, get away from the outside world but connect to others. Everybody help each other then the community,” Meldzuck said.
Meldzuck explains how does this all works.
“We have local artists, they put their things up for consignment. We have retail that keeps the center going. We have practitioners here, we have a hypnotist on staff. We do healing. On the art side, we do workshops and gallery opening so artists can get themselves out there,” Meldzuck said.
Stacey Castelletti is a co-owner and a practicing hypnotist at the center. She said it is all about living a positive life. Castelletti said that's what Coming Home Buffalo can do for those who get involved.
“My favorite hypnosis sessions to do is stress relieving. I think when we get into our subconscious mind it really helps us to embrace our lives and unlock what's inside and live a wonderful life,” Castelletti said.
Bethany Kasprzak is an angel card reader.
“I think people focus too much on the negative. I try to help them understand the way their brain works and what they don't see about themselves. I try to give them a positive affirmations and outlooks to take back out into the world,” Kasprzak said.
Along with all of this they are also helping the community.
“We do a lot of fundraising, we will collect food for the food bank. This December please bring in toys for Toys for Tots. This month we are still collecting for food bank,” Meldzuck said.
The Center also has an art gallery just next door to the main building. They hold classes there, host bands and parties, while displaying the work of a local artist. This month it's the art of Frank Santora.
Capelletti said the name truly says it all.
“Coming Home Buffalo is a home and as I've been part of it, it really has made a difference and it's just a really beautiful thing to have in Buffalo,” Capelletti said.