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City Mission reaches $2.3 million fundraising goal

The “One Mission, One Hope” fall 2014 fundraising campaign by the Buffalo City Mission has reached its $2.3 million goal, with the money dedicated to sustaining the Mission’s critical programs and services for the region’s homeless population. In the past year, the number of individuals seeking help increased by 36 percent.

Executive Director Stuart L. Harper thanked the community and pointed out that so far in 2015 there have been 12 Code Blue nights, when the mission sets up extra cots to provide a warm refuge for the homeless. He called the fall fundraising effort crucial to the Mission’s ability to provide those life-saving services.

The Mission is planning a long-term solution to its capacity problems: a $31.5 million expansion at its 100 Tupper Street location to add 68 supportive housing units and double the size of its emergency capacity to 184 beds.

The expansion will allow the Mission to treat the core issues of homelessness, rather than just the symptoms. It will allow for programs that break the cycle of dependency.

The $2.3 million raised in the fall campaign will cover 36 percent of the Mission’s annual operating budget. For more information, visit or call 854-8181, ext. 431.