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HeartsBeat | Stories of Sharing, Caring & Unconditional Love

You may or may not know about Hearts for the Homeless. The goal of our new website and more specifically, this blog, will be to help the community of WNY and beyond find out about all the things that make our hearts beat. If you have seen one of our clothing donation bins around New York state, you’ve heard of us! We have been serving the community of Buffalo and WNY since all the way back in 1988. We’ve made so many friends over the years, and there are countless tales of incredible perseverance, belief, and success.

Helping the homeless seems simple.

Everyone wants to lend a helping hand to the people they love in need. As human beings, we have an inherent desire to reach out for a fellow comrade. What many of us don’t realize however, is there are millions of individuals in our world who don’t have basic human needs. What do you think of when you imagine a homeless person? Can you imagine what you would do if you woke up tomorrow and you found out an old friend you hadn’t heard from in a while was living on the streets?

One focus of our blog will be to help the community better understand all the inner workings of how an organization like ours works. This system has developed greatly since our inception in 1990. Starting from nothing, the founder of Hearts for the Homeless Ron Calandra began this movement from his own inspiring story. As a once homeless individual, Ron has himself seen the strife and darkness with his own eyes. We will dig deeper into the history of how Ron’s inspiring story really planted the seeds for all the intricate work that happens today.

There’s a lot that goes into it.

We understand that the average person is fighting everyday to continue to succeed, pay their bills, keep their family happy. You don’t always think about what you can do for someone out on the street when you have your own personal agendas and fulfillments. What you might not know is how easy it is to be a part of a bigger mission. That’s what we want the community to see. Something as simple as a T-shirt, a clean pair of socks, one warm meal can truly be the difference in someone’s life. And showing that timeline of events is exactly what we’d like to help show more of, with the ability of social media and the digital era.

One of the things we want to accompany with the blog stories, are audio recordings directly from Ron, Nick, and some of the other individuals who work every day to help spread this movement. You can expect podcast-style audio clips for the majority of our blogs, and you can truly experience the passion, ingenuity, and vision of our leadership. We encourage feedback, and hope this can help the community feel the heartbeat that beats everyday to help those in need. We want to build the strength of this collective heartbeat.

Stay Tuned..

Once again, we’d like to welcome you to our world. Maybe you know all about Hearts for the Homeless, we encourage you to utilize this blog and it’s stories to share within your social circle, social media, in effort to help spread the message of what we’re doing. If you’re just learning about us, or want to learn more about what we do, just give  us a call or filling out our contact form.

We always recommend visiting our Clothing Donation Bin Locator to find where you can donate gently used clothing and other items to help our cause. Stay tuned to our blog for more information on everything we do to help the lives of struggling individuals.


  1. inkSea on January 7, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Congratulations on the new site! Looks amazing!

    • Joe Lenhard on January 7, 2019 at 7:52 pm

      Thank you! We are excited to have it up and running. Make sure to use it on your mobile phone, and make use of the handy bin finder- it can show you the closest bins to your current location when you are ready to make a clothing donation!