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One Buffalo pastor's mission to help those recovering from addiction

Posted at 5:41 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 08:24:34-05

Pastor Al Robinson and his wife, Vivian are busy putting the final touches on a house specially designed for women who have struggled with opioids.

"We want these girls to bloom and bloom like never before," Robinson explained.

The house on Davey Street in Buffalo's Lovejoy neighborhood previously belonged to Robinson's friend, Benjamin Ferrara. Ferrara died from a heroin overdose in 2017. "We want to buy this house and prevent someone from going through this one more time," said Robinson.

Beginning February 1, the home will be open to seven women who have already gone through detox and have been clean for at least 90 days.

"We built the house through engineering it for the purpose of recovery," Robinson said.

The renovations were paid for out of pocket and using private donations. Robinson said they took two years to complete.

"Everything is professional grade and in a way that will help these girls revisit who they were before drugs were a part of their life. They're here to recover and become the beautiful, victorious women they were always meant to be."

For more information, or to apply, call 716-536-6769.