In 1997, Hearts for the Homeless® purchased the building at 890 Tonawanda Street in Buffalo as an outreach center in order to provide for the poor and chronic homeless in Western New York. The brick on the exterior of the building has been deteriorating and needed to be repaired and restored for reasons of safety and continuance of Hearts’ several outreach programs.
The community need for this project was much greater than we had originally thought. Hearts’ commercial kitchen resides in this building which is a Health Department permitted kitchen. For years, the kitchen was exclusively used for the purposes of Hearts Mobile Soup Kitchen. More recently, the kitchen has been used in additional ways that support more of our community members, such as providing meals for Buffalo’s Code Blue initiative and local homeless shelters. With Hearts’ food efforts increasing month after month, this restoration project was needed more than ever.
We are excited to share that a $30,000 grant was awarded by the East Hill Foundation to Hearts for the Homeless® for the Hearts Building Rehab & Restoration Project at 890 Tonawanda Street Buffalo, N.Y. 14207. This grant was awarded by the foundation’s 2022 Western New York Grants. Repairing the brick and painting the building did not only improve the look of the building but it will go a long way towards preserving the structure of the building for decades to come. In return, this will allow Hearts to continue to serve the City of Buffalo and beyond, which is the ultimate success of this project.