City Mission Receives Major Donation for Welcome Center

Patrick P. Lee Foundation donates $450,000

Brendan Keany
January 23, 2020 - 1:08 pm
Patrick P. Lee Foundation

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BUFFALO (WBEN) - On Thursday morning, the Buffalo City Mission was the recipient of a major financial contribution that will go a long way in funding the One-Stop Community Center that's scheduled to open this year.

The money will go toward the Patrick P. Lee Foundation Welcome Center within the community center.

Welcome Center

"We are grateful to the Patrick P. Lee Foundation for their generous commitment," said Stuart Harper, who serves as executive director of the City Mission. "The welcome center will serve as a symbolic and significant first step for every individual who walks through our doors. It will provide residents with an immediate sense of community as they begin their journey to a new life."

The 75,000-square-foot One-Stop Community Center is set to open at some point this year and will aim to provide preventative services to decrease the rate of homelessness for individuals who are on the brink of it. Space within the $15 million center will be occupied by social service agencies, mental health services, medical care, job training, education, as well as basic needs such as food and clothing.

"Today's gift from the Patrick P. Lee Foundation represents the very best of what it means to serve others," said City Mission Associate Director Aubrey Calhoun. "Through their help, our new welcome center will serve as a place of inclusivity and comfort where they begin their journey to building a new life."

Listen to the full press conference below:

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