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Family Promise of WNY van totaled; shelter desperate to find a replacement


Fri, Nov 19th 2021 04:40 pm

Family Promise of WNY (FPWNY), an emergency family homeless shelter, is “desperate” for community support in securing a van to transport the children and parents it serves. Two weeks ago, the FPWNY 12-passenger van was in a serious accident. The van has been deemed a total loss by an insurance company.

FPWNY is one of just two emergency family shelters in Erie County. It noted, “Most larger shelters separate men from women and children. We keep families together through the crisis of homelessness – which is even more critical considering that over 70% of our guests are children.

“Our van is critical to helping us connect our families to critical appointments in the community. We drive parents to apartment searches, medical and mental health appointments, and grocery shopping. We transport the children in our program to school when the buses fail, to the First Ward Community Center for after-school programming during the week, and on field trips on the weekends. Our van is an extension of the services we provide and, every day we are without a van, the families in our program suffer.

“FPWNY is desperate for community support in helping us secure a replacement vehicle this holiday season.”

For more information about Family Promise of WNY, contact Executive Director Luanne Firestone at 716-771-3007 (work), 716-536-6879 (cell) or [email protected].

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