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Leadership

At Hearts for the Homeless, we are deeply committed to serving those in need, guided by a profound spiritual calling.  Our mission is rooted in sharing the Word of God, reflecting a strong spiritual motivation that infuses every aspect of our work. Our leadership team, led by President & CEO Nicholas Calandra, exemplifies this spirit every day. Each member brings their unique expertise, with initiatives that extend to managing food pantries and facilitating thrift store donations, we ensure that those in need have access to necessary resources.

In addition to their professional roles, our leaders are also passionate about supporting our mission and providing affordable clothing options and accessible food resources for those in need. They actively inspire  our community members to donate their gently used clothing items to our organization, fostering a sense of solidarity and shared responsibility.

Through our organization, our leaders are not only helping to reduce waste and promote sustainability, but they are also making a direct impact on the lives of the homeless. Our efforts go beyond charitable activities – we strive to create lasting impact by reducing waste, promoting sustainability, and most importantly, transforming lives. Recycling Clothes, Restoring Lives is more than just our motto – it is a manifestation of our commitment to minister to those in need, anchored in the belief that true transformation in one’s life comes from a relationship with Christ.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the passion and purpose that our leaders bring to the heart of our community. Your support directly contributes to the betterment of lives, driven by the love and teachings of Christ. Together, we can make a substantial difference in our community, guided by faith and compassion.

Hearts Senior Leadership Team:

Nicholas Calandra

Chief Executive Officer & President
nick@heartsforthehomeless.org

As President and CEO, Nick serves the Kingdom and community by working to resource Hearts’ existing and future programs while leading teams who serve in various parts of the ministry.

Favorite Passage: Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

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Words from Nick:

“In part, the ministry at Hearts led me to my life changing relationship with Christ and I pray that we continue to create opportunities for everyone we serve to see and know Christ. It is truly amazing to see all God has done and is doing through Hearts. It is an honor to lead the organization and help steward the resources God provides.”

Jeff Friedman

Business Manager
bookkeeper@heartsforthehomeless.org

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Jeff’s role includes overseeing accounting, payroll and Human Resources.

Favorite Passage: Hebrews 12:2, “…endure the cross and scorn its shame because of the joy set before Him…”



Joe Lenhard

Donated Goods Manager
jlenhard@heartsforthehomeless.org

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Joe is responsible for overseeing any goods that are donated to the ministry. His focus is making sure that the donated goods are being distributed and maximized for Hearts’ mission.

Favorite Passage: Jeremiah 29:11-13, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Kelsey Jeff

Chief of Staff & Executive Assistant
ncea@heartsforthehomeless.org

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Kelsey supports Nick and the staff at Hearts by overseeing and implementing processes and procedures for the day-to-day operations of the ministry. Her focus is to ensure that our team members have the systems in place to help them serve our community in their respective roles and departments.

Favorite Passage: Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”

 

Jolene Addeo

Retail Manager
retail@heartsforthehomeless.or

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Jolene’s focus is the Hearts Thrift Stores retail operation . Her role is making sure the sales floor has new items displayed daily while helping those in immediate need of clothing and household times whether you’re a man, woman or child.

Favorite Passage: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Hearts Administration Team:

Catherine Edgerton

Administrative Assistant
cedgerton@heartsforthehomeless.org

Antoinette McMyne

HR Coordinator & Recruiter
jobs@heartsforthehomeless.org

Katelyn Moore

Marketing and Office Assistant marketing@heartsforthehomeless.org

Hearts Board Members:

Nicholas M. Calandra

President,

Chief Executive Officer of Hearts
for the Homeless of WNY Inc.
and Hearts Foundation Inc.

Eric Johns

Chairman of the Board & Treasurer,
Founder & Pastor of Buffalo Dream Center

Joseph Hatch III

Corporate Secretary

David Norton

Member

Richard Izzo

Member

Summer Handzlik

Member

Frank DiMaria

Member