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Buffalo City Mission launches 'Pick-a-Brick' campaign to raise $1 million for new community center

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Mon, Jan 13th 2020 11:40 am

Initiative will engage community members to make a gift & help build a ‘Pathway to Hope’ for organization’s $15 million facility

Today, the Buffalo City Mission announced the launch of its “Pick-a-Brick” campaign, a fundraising initiative that will provide community individuals and organizations with a special opportunity to make a lasting legacy gift that will build a “Pathway to Hope” for the next century – leading to the completion of the organization’s new community center, the Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise.

Through the “Pick-a-Brick” campaign, donors can select and personalize their own brick that will be used to pave the “Pathway to Hope” in front of the new center. Gift levels include a “Hope Brick” for $400, and a “Promise Brick” for $750. Each purchased brick will be personalized and placed along the pathway to memorialize the generosity of the giving community.

The City Mission has set a goal to raise over $1 million by the end of April.

“The ‘Pick-a-Brick’ campaign is a way for our community to make personalized and permanent contributions in our shared mission to help every neighbor in need,” said Stuart Harper, CEO and executive director of the Buffalo City Mission. “We are in the final stretch to complete our new community center this year, and – in every sense – this campaign represents the power of coming together to help change lives for the poor and homeless in our city.”

“On any given night, over 900 men, women and children are homeless and on the streets of Buffalo,” Harper added. “Through the final stages of our ‘Next Century Capital Campaign,’ this ‘Pick-a-Brick’ opportunity will help us to cross the finish line strong. The time to make a lasting impact together is now.”

The “Pick-a-Brick” campaign is the latest initiative in the City Mission’s ongoing “Next Century” campaign to support construction for its 75,000-square-foot flagship community center.

Scheduled to open this spring, the center will provide preventative services on the front end to decrease the percentage of homelessness year-over-year for those who are on the brink of homelessness. It will also deliver more complete care to individuals who already experience homelessness. Notable features will include space for social service agencies, case management, mental health services, a medical clinic, and the first recuperative care unit in Buffalo.

The current Men’s Community Center at East Tupper Street has remained opened throughout the construction process.

Today, approximately $13.3 million of a target $15 million has been committed, pledged or is in process. The City Mission will also make a gift announcement later this month.

To pick a brick, or to learn more about paving a pathway to a new life, visit pickabrick.org.

To stay updated on this initiative and the broader work of the Buffalo City Mission, follow the organization on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Buffalo City Mission

The Buffalo City Mission, founded in 1917, is a nonprofit organization providing preventative, emergency and transitional housing programs to thousands of people who are homeless and impoverished every year. For more information, visit buffalocitymission.org or call 716-854-8181.

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