Catholic Charities of Buffalo's Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program (IRAP) recently received a $75,000 grant from the James H. Cummings Foundation to establish a multidisciplinary health care clinic to serve new arrivals at its campus on the West Side of Buffalo.
The grant for the refugee center
will help support the renovation and repurposing of the former Nativity Roman
Catholic Church to serve as a "one-stop" service center, with health care
partners Mobile Primary and Baker Victory Dental Services providing health assessments,
primary care, as well as dental health services. Additionally, D'Youville
College will be a partner whose faculty and allied health students will assist
in provision of clinic services
The clinic's location is ideal for the recently settled refugees, many of whom live in the city's West Side neighborhoods, reducing the burden of transportation and waiting time for services.
Dennis Walczyk, Catholic Charities' chief executive officer, said, "We are very grateful to the James H. Cummings Foundation for their generosity and are excited to realize the vision of this project. The clinic will enhance the initial experience of our clients by eliminating barriers to successful resettlement, including quick and convenient access to health care and related services."
The Refugee Services Center
projects serving 800 to 1,000 people during its first full year of operation.
Founded in 1962, the James H. Cummings Foundation was established to support the philanthropic vision of James H. Cummings and has aided countless organizations engaged in advancing charitable interests. A resident of Buffalo, Cummings made it a priority to give back to the community by funding hospital and church construction projects, among other philanthropic undertakings.
IRAP resettles up to 600 refugees per year and provides services to an additional 400 immigrants annually. Pre- and post-arrival services such as assistance with housing, food, clothing and employment are provided, as well as naturalization workshops and citizenship classes. For more information, call (716) 842-0270
For 91 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in Western New York. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assess its clients for other needs to ensure long-term success. It is the most comprehensive human service provider serving Western New York. For five years, Catholic Charities attained the highest possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management. Catholic Charities also receives highest ratings for quality of service from the Council on Accreditation