This is a very difficult message to write. As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Friary will temporarily close. Our Guest Services is working with the Erie County Department of Social Services to place our guests.
Out of an abundance of caution many of us have elected to follow guidance issued by both the Federal and the State governments and remain in our homes as much as possible over the next several weeks. At an emergency meeting of the Core last evening the decision to close was made based on the inevitable resulting staff shortage.
This email may not reach all volunteers so please make an effort to reach out to anyone that you work with to confirm that they’re aware of the situation. We will send you updates on a regular basis. Please know that your efforts are appreciated more than you’ll ever know.
Our prayers go out for all volunteers, guests, and their families.
I want to introduce you to an amazing nonprofit integral to the Buffalo community. Little Portion Friary serves as a homeless shelter for Buffalo’s most needy residents. They provide linkages to essential resources including social services, financial benefits, health care, mental health, addiction, and housing services. All guests (we recognize the human dignity of each person and treat them as if they are a guest in our own home) stay in 2-3 person bedrooms (not one large room with bunks or cots that are unsafe or noisy or where you are in fear of losing your only belongings). They are served breakfast, a lunch to take with them if they are working and a hot home-cooked meal served family-style around the dining table. Guests even have the luxury of relaxing in front of the television in one of the living rooms or even playing board games, cards or settling into a good book. Laundry is even provided for the guests by the volunteers. They maintain a clothes closet for those that come with little to nothing on their back or those who might even need something to wear for an interview.
What’s even more unique is that LPF is all volunteer-run, with no paid staff and they receive no government funding. Operating and costs associated with the care of the guest are provided by the sole generosity of others through food/clothes donations and monetary contributions. Without your support and without the funds to operate they can not provide these essential services.
Please vote LPF as the best charity in the Cellino Plumbing Truck Wrap contest to identify the best charity in Buffalo. A substantial monetary donation will be made to the winning charity. LPF can get a month of advertising and a very large monetary donation.
Let’s vote Little Portion Friary the best charity in Cellino Plumbing Truck Wrap contest. Vote now until March 12.
For the month of October, the Little Portion friary served 68 guests, 40 male and 28 female, of these guest 4 were veterans. Without the help of volunteers such as cooks who offer their time, talents and sometimes their own food we would not be able to feed the homeless.
We continue to correct the outdoor lighting situation this month. The metal halide light bulbs continue to be replaced and every so often a light fixture is converted to a Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixture.
Volunteers are greatly needed to cover shifts and donations are essential for the Friary to stay open. Please consider volunteering.