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Hearts Featured In The Amherst Bee Newspaper

In the January 31st edition, Hearts was featured in The Amherst Bee newspaper in an article titled, “Hearts for the Homeless opens new thrift store”.

Over the years, our programs have grown to combat food insecurity and the article highlights how the new store is doing just that. The new store opened in December, with the proceeds going towards the organization’s efforts; just like the original store at 890 Tonawanda Street, which remains open.

“It goes a big way in supporting a lot of the overhead,” said Nick Calandra, president and CEO of Hearts for the Homeless®. “It allows our donor dollars – when they’re giving financially to our outreach programs – to be used just about exclusively for outreach purposes versus overhead.”

With the expansion to the suburbs, Calandra hopes to raise more awareness about homelessness in the area and increase outreach.

“We have three food pantries that are operating on a regular basis,” Calandra said. “Some of the other expansion that we’ve had over the years has been using our commercial kitchen, which was designed in the ‘90’s to support our Mobile Soup Kitchen exclusively to support other outreach efforts and community partnerships.”

In 2023, Hearts for the Homeless® served 61,542 men, women, and children through the Hearts Mobile Soup Kitchen and homeless shelters partnerships. Both Hearts Thrift Store locations help serve the homeless and people in need within our community.