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Jericho Road expands East Side presence

A longtime supporter of the Jericho Road Community Health Center has acquired a former department store building on Broadway, which the nonprofit will now renovate to expand its services on Buffalo's East Side.

The Mosaic 659 Foundation paid $481,963.46 to buy the four-story red-brick complex of buildings at 1021 Broadway, formerly home to the Jahraus-Braun Department Store. Mosaic is controlled by the Herskind family in Buffalo, and Mark Herskind is a Jericho Road board member.

Built in 1910, the 110,618-square-foot facility is located between Lombard and Clark streets, just east of Fillmore Avenue. The 1.55-acre site next to the Broadway Market also includes 1029, 1033 and 1035 Broadway, plus 224 Clark St. and 237, 239 and 243 Lombard. It's previously housed a post office and KeyBank, but has been vacant.

Jericho Road provides medical services to refugees and low-income individuals through clinics on Barton Street on the West Side and at 1609 Genesee St. on the East Side. It also runs medical clinics in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa.

Plans call for renovating the new East Side site, enabling the nonprofit to offer more help to clients in that area, where the Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Center, Bailey Family Health Center, Eggertsville Family Health Center, Love Joy Primary Care Center and the Sheehan Memorial Hospital have all closed.

“This new site is a great step toward meeting the medical and holistic care void that has been deeply felt in this area,” says Magdalena Nichols, Jericho Road's chief development officer. “We are grateful for our community partners, including Fillmore Forward, who helped us engage the community to start a conversation around the medical needs of this area.”

The organization plans to keep open the Genesee Street clinic, which has been open since 2009, on top of its existing East Side programming, including the Parent Child Home Program and its Polly Project, which is a mentoring program for single, pregnant mothers seeking to bolster their education. The group said it also intends to "strengthen existing relationships on the East Side, as well as forge new links with local stakeholders and partners" as it seeks to assess community needs and develop new collaborative programs to meet those needs.

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