Homeless Shelter in Buffalo, NY
What We Provide
A home to nineteen men and ten women. The average length of stay at Little Portion Friary is dependent on a guest’s needs.
Each guest is interviewed by a volunteer and asked a variety of questions regarding past issues as well as future concerns. This interview determines the eligibility of a guest. An individual must be homeless; at least 18 years of age; 24 hours free of drugs and alcohol; have no sexual offense record; be capable of doing chores and be able to follow house rules. The guests must be able to be out of the house daily from 9 am to 4 pm, and they must return no later than 10:30 pm. The guests must be linked with services, as directed or referred to by a counselor. Phone referrals can be taken providing there is an open bed, but Little Portion Friary (LPF) does not have a waiting list. Since a guests stay is day-to-day if the house is full when first contacted, homeless individuals are requested to call back daily to inquire about availability
Depending on a guests situation he or she may be required to attend outside programs. For instance, a person with a prior or present history of drug and alcohol abuse must attend two to five AA/NA meetings per week depending on their length of sobriety and other programs they may be attending. Also, a person diagnosed with a mental illness must have guidance from a counselor and medications as required. LPF also has communication with the community. Once a week, an advocate from Social Services and health services comes to LPF to speak with any guest. Resources which benefit a guest.
To further help the guests, every Friday a representative of LPF meets weekly to review their plan. This meeting is to get an update on their progress and an understanding of what is expected of them to continue staying at LPF. This is where education, prevention and/or treatment programs are introduced for those individuals having problems moving forward. Although housing is the first concern, this is not possible without some type of financial means. This can be in the form of a job or applying for some type of benefits such as Medicaid or cash assistance.