Community Resources

Programs, groups or coalitions working to advocate for or support the well-being of immigrants and refugees.

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Baby and Children's Ministry

Harvest House

Provides children's clothing and other items to caregivers in need with a referral. 

Address

175 Jefferson Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14210

Contact

Guadalupe Pena, Director
716-824-7818

Spanish Bilingual Staff

Eligibility

Open to all

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday and Thursday
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday and Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Walk-in only

Cultural Competency Training and Global Education Programs

International Institute of Buffalo

Provides training on cultural competency and effective ways of working with the immigrant and refuge population. Also provides Global Education to students grades K-12, as well as health education sessions for refugees and immigrants.

Address

864 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209

Contact

May Shogan, Director of International Exchnges and Education Programs

Arabic and French Bilingual Staff

Eligibility

Open to all 

Cost

Contact for pricing

Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
By appointment only 

Clara's Closet Donation Center

Journey's End Refugee Services

Clara's Closet is a donation center for used clothes, household items, baby items, and new hygiene/cleaning supplies. Each family member must have DSS paperwork to recieve donations.

Address

216 Beard Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14214

Contact

Bryana DiFonzo
(716) 882-4963 x210

Eligibility

Low-income Western New York resident

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday & Thursday
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Walk-in only

Interpreting Services

Journey's End Refugee Services, Inc.

The Interpreting Services department at Journey's End provides interpretation and document translation to medical providers, educational institutions, community organizations and businesses, legal providers, government agencies and individuals. 

Address

2495 Main St., Suite 413
Buffalo, NY 14214

Contact

Sarah Cunningham, Manager of Interpreting Services
(716) 882-4963 ext. 207 or 201

Language Services

Eligibility

Open to all 

Cost

Contact for pricing

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Interpreting appointments can be scheduled 24/7. 
By appointment only 

Immigrant and Refugee Roundtable

The Roundtable is a place for anyone who is involved in (or interested in) refugee and immigrant issues to gather and work collaboratively towards positive change.

Contact

Eligibility

Open to all

Cost

Free

Hours

Quarterly meetings

Language Access Advocates Coalition

Partnership for the Public Good

PPG provides research and advocacy support to a broad array of partners that share a community-oriented vision of a revitalized Buffalo-Niagara. We help community groups have a stronger and better informed voice in public policy debates.

Address

617 Main St., Suite 300
Buffalo, NY 14203

Contact

Megan Connelly, Director of Policy Advancement
(716) 852-4193

Language Services

International Institute of Buffalo

IIB provides interpretation and translation services to businesses, non-profits, schools, hospitals, and individuals.

Address

864 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209

Contact

Emily Brady
(716) 883-1900

Arabic, French, German and Spanish Bilingual Staff

Language Services Available For Other Languages

Eligibility

Open to all 

Cost

Contact for pricing

Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Resources

International Institute of Buffalo

Provides assitance obtaining household goods for newly arrived refugee families.

Address

864 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209

Contact

Bryan Overland

Language Services Available

Eligibility

Newly arrived refugees

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
By appiontment only 

Safe Roots for Urban Gardening

Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo

The Safe Roots for Urban Gardening is a program that informs community members on how to grow produce safely in urban areas.

Address

2495 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14214

Contact

Derek Nichols, Program Manager
(716) 783-9653

Language Services Available

Eligibility

City of Buffalo resident

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
By appointment or walk-in

Volunteer Program (JERS)

Journey's End Refugee Services

Journey's End's volunteer program connects community memebers to refugees who need assistnace with things like learning English and acclimating to Buffalo.

Address

2495 Main St., Suite 317
Buffalo, NY 14214

Contact

Bryana DiFonzo
(716) 882-4963 x210

Eligibility

Open to all 

Cost

Free

Hours

By appointment

Volunteer Program (IIB)

International Institute of Buffalo

Our volunteers and interns work to help assist immigrants, refugees, their families and others who face linguistic and cultural barriers to become self-sufficient, productive members of our community, and to increase global understanding and international connections in Western New York.

Address

864 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209

Contact

Zach Crawford, Volunteer Coordinator
(716) 883-1900

Arabic, French, German, Spanish, and Turkish Bilingual Staff

Eligibility

Adults 18 and over

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
By appointment or walk-in