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Buffalo shelter for asylum seekers gets $125,000 from state

The Vive Shelter on Buffalo's East Side, which provides a place to stay and immigration counseling for people seeking asylum in Canada and the U.S., has received $125,000 from the New York State Dormitory Authority to upgrade its facility.

The funding covered the costs of a new roof and boiler and renovating the basement. Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes recommended Vive for this funding.

Jericho Road Community Health Center, a West Side-based health center that works with resettled refugees and other low income people, has operated Vive since 2015.  Members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious of the Catholic Diocese founded Vive in 1984 in an old convent in Lackawanna to provide housing to people from Central and South America seeking asylum.

"We want to provide people with a home and a place to feel welcome and safe," said Dr. Anna Ireland Mongo, senior director of programs for Jericho Road, in a statement. "Buffalo is a unique spot for continuing to welcome immigrants and refugees in a time where I think they are feeling particularly unwelcome. We are here to say, ‘You are welcome and we want you.’ ”

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