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5 Fun Fall Activities in Western New York

It almost feels like yesterday that the kids were getting out of school and summer was starting. Now, school is back in session, the temperature is dropping, and the leaves are beginning to change color once again. With time flying as it does, we should all take advantage of the crisp weather and unique opportunities…

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Back to School Shopping and Donations

It’s about time for kids to start school, which means it’s back-to-school shopping season. This can be an anxiety-inducing time for parents with having to navigate the crowds and trying to keep a balanced budget. Skip the anxiety and shop smart with these 5 helpful tips. Make a list and check it twice You can…

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Challenges of Proper Nutrition While Homeless

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  In the state of New York, there are 91,897 people who are homeless on a given night, representing 16.65% of the population. Most often, homeless individuals are preoccupied with where they’re going to sleep at night and whether they’ll eat at all than what kind of food they’re eating. Because of this, many people…

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Internet as a Utility

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Last time you applied for a job, you most likely did so online. You’ve probably searched the internet for food near you or watched a video from YouTube explaining how to fix a bike tire or tie a tie. Apartment listings and bus schedules, essential to getting around, are found online. Even applications for Supplemental…

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Food Insecurity in Western New York

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The United States is one of the richest countries in the world, yet on average 1 in 8 Americans will go to bed hungry tonight. In the state of New York, 1 in 6 children are affected by hunger. Food insecurity is the inconsistent access to nutritious food for a healthy life. Although poverty and…

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The Housing Crisis and Homelessness in Buffalo

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The affordable housing crisis, a combination of rising rents and unsustainable housing costs is wreaking havoc on families across America. In New York, the cost of housing is continuously increasing, forcing many residents into homelessness. With affordable housing becoming increasingly scarce, the homeless population in Western New York is growing rapidly. The homelessness statistics in…

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4 Tips for Thrifting

If you’re new to thrift shopping, or simply haven’t been often, it can be a daunting experience. Shop with confidence at your local thrift shop with these helpful tips. Find special deals Thrift stores are known for discounted, gently-used clothing. However, many thrift stores offer specials and bargains on top of their already low prices.…

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5 Cold Nights a Week | Helping the Homeless of WNY | HeartsBeat #3

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Everything we do for the community is inspired by years of dedication and knowing how big a difference basic needs can mean for someone who needs a hand. Being homeless isn’t easy for anyone, regardless of where they’re from or how they got there. Often times these individuals become forgotten, broken members of society who…

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Larry Bierl | A Cold Reminder of Homelessness in Western New York

  If you’ve ever been through the village of Williamsville over the last 20 years or so, you may have seen Larry Bierl. Larry had noticeably long, unforgettable dreadlocks. He typically donned a specific camo/army green signature style. Anyone from the village of Williamsville who’d spent time around the Walker Center near the I-90 can…

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