BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A program that helps inner city families and the homeless will finally have a new home. They had to move out of both of their downtown locations just last year.
The church- and all of its programs- will now live at a community center on the city’s west side. The charity has been in crisis ever since their headquarters was sold to Ellicot Development last June.
The Dream Center serves inner city families – meeting the needs of people living in poverty here in Buffalo. The pastor there is also known for his week of homelessness every November. He tells WIVB he’s had some sleepless nights, but is happy these programs can now move forward.
Pastor Eric Johns says, “We knew we weren’t shutting down, we knew we weren’t quitting, we weren’t giving up. There were just so many things that were uncertain – now we know where we are going to be for awhile and we are in the middle of a great neighborhood. We are excited about what the future holds for us.”
Now the community center will go through major renovations before its first service in May. Pastor Johns admits he has no idea how to use a toolbox, and the Dream Center is looking for volunteers to help with cleaning and updates.
If you’d like to help out, volunteers will be working at Concerned Ecumencial Ministry on Wednesday, April 8 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. They will also be working on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit the Buffalo Dream Center website.