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Tribute program to honor Sister Karen Klimczak

A tribute in honor of Sister Karen Klimczak, who founded Peaceprints of Western New York, will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Bissonette House, 335 Grider St.

Events will include a proclamation by Mayor Byron W. Brown, dedication of the “Days of Peace” dove, tribute music by Cory James Gallagher and a tour of the facilities. In addition, a presentation will be made by the family of a local homicide victim.

Klimczak, who was murdered 10 years ago at the Bissonette House, dedicated her life to providing hope for ex-offenders.

In 1985, she founded Hope of Buffalo Inc. and opened Hope Transitional Residence Program for released convicts returning to the community. In 2003, Hope House was renamed Bissonette House Transitional Residence Program in honor of slain priest the Rev. Joseph Bissonette. In December 2005, Klimczak unveiled her “Days of Peace” dove located outside the Bissonette House.

Peaceprints continues to provide comprehensive re-entry services to men and women involved in the criminal justice system. Programs include both in-prison and community support groups as well as two transitional residences.