Buffalo Peace House Restores Refugee Lives

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in ComLead, Managing Not-For-Profit Organizations

Buffalo Peace House Restores Refugee Lives

Buffalo Peace House logoBuffalo has the distinction of having many great nonprofit organizations throughout our city. One such organization is The Buffalo Peace House, which I and another classmate have the pleasure of working with for our service learning project in our Special Topics in Non Profits class this semester.

The Buffalo Peace House is located in Hamburg, NY and serves as a safe haven for refugees and asylum seekers in the Greater Buffalo area. The Peace House has been in existence since 2013, and since opening its doors, it has housed approximately 50 residents from 17 countries around the world.

Many people might not know that Buffalo has a large refugee population. Data has shown that since 2003, Erie County alone has resettled over 9,000 refugees. Organizations like the Peace House exist to improve the quality of life and give opportunities to those seeking asylum in the United States. Click here for more information on the refugee population in Upstate New York.

The Peace House sits on the Saint Francis High School Campus and is truly one of the hidden gems of our community. Throughout the duration of the semester, the Peace House is asking for help in planning a fundraising event to raise awareness and funds for the house and its residents, as well as develop guerilla-marketing tactics for the organization. I met with Naima Moussa, the house manager, and her giving spirit and passion for the Peace House is truly remarkable and will make anyone want to volunteer their time to help out this great organization.  The Peace House is always looking for volunteers to help at their facility and support their efforts. You can check out their website for more information on volunteer opportunities.

There are also two events coming up next month, which are open to the public. A “St. Patrick’s Day Cafe” event will be held during the weekend of March 13-15 and will be hosted at the Peace House, so it gives everyone a chance to tour their facilities.There will also be an “International Luncheon” held on Saturday, March 21 at Our Lady of Charity Parish. See the information below for more information on attending these events, which provide funds for the important services Buffalo Peace House offers.

 

 

St. Patricks Day

 

If you are looking for an organization to volunteer with, I suggest the Buffalo Peace House as a very worthwhile investment of your time. Other organizations in the Buffalo area that provide refugee services are the International Institute of Buffalo, Journey’s End, Jericho Road, Catholic Charities of Buffalo, and Jewish Family Services of Buffalo & Erie County.

Buffalo Peace House building

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