Stuart Harper, Executive Director of the Buffalo City Mission today announced the launch of its’ annual “One Mission, One Hope” Fall Campaign to raise critical funds necessary to sustain programs and services.
The goal for the Fall 2013 Campaign is $2.0 million. The 2012 Campaign exceeded its goal of $1.9 million by over $200,000.
The Fall Fundraising Campaign runs from October through the end of December. During this time, the Mission needs to raise approximately 35% of its’ annual operating budget.
“In 2012, we provided over 173,000 meals and more than 84,000 beds to the poor and homeless that came through our doors looking for help. We also served another 2,143 at-risk families who are not homeless but needed us to supply their food and clothing needs,” said Stuart Harper, Executive Director. “Past experience shows that we will serve even more people as we head into the Holiday Season.”
Significantly, homelessness cannot be ended alone—and cannot be ended without a plan.
This is where the Mission needs the help of our community as we seek every day to end homelessness.
“We have a dream,” said Harper. “It is to provide an opportunity for our clients to live in safe affordable permanent housing working towards a living wage job while walking in God’s light. Our goal is that everyone who leaves us is enrolled or has enough training to get a good job they can build a life on.”
The Mission’s dream is predicated on the fact that certain pieces must be in place before individuals and families can overcome their homeless condition. Understanding the causes of homelessness helps lead to the solutions that the Mission is currently implementing.
Why Are People Homeless?
According to the United States Conference of Mayors, one of the most commonly cited causes of homelessness for persons in families was a lack of affordable housing, cited by 72 percent of cities.
“Housing is unaffordable because people don’t have jobs—which are unattainable because of a lack of skills,” said Stuart Harper. “These skills can only be earned through education and training. And this indeed is our focus: getting our clients educated and trained, thus lifting them out of poverty and eliminating their need for government support.”
To help the Mission actualize its dream of restoring hope and changing lives--by providing our clients with the education and skills needed to surmount poverty--please give to the “One Mission, One Hope” Campaign. Send your donation to: Buffalo City Mission, P.O. Box 496, One Hope Campaign, Buffalo, NY 14205-9914, or visit buffalocitymission.org.
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’s Vehicle Donation Program; and their Dick Road Thrift Store Location to better serve our community. For more information, please visit www.buffalocitymission.org or call 854-8181.