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Current Needs: 
Cereal, Coffee, Hot Cocoa, Instant Potatoes, Stuffing

 

 
           "I couldn't have done it with out you." I want to share this thought from one of our guest with you because it means so much more.  It is her smile, her high five, and hug that you should feel for helping Christina change her life.  Your support of our mission helped Christina find food, clothing, shelter, and most importantly obtain identification.  Today, Christina is working a full-time job and attending college.  She always was more than a face at the kitchen;  she is somebody. And now she is an inspiration for others too. 
         
          This has been a tough winter for those who cannot afford to purchase enough food.    During the first two months you helped us provide over 21,500 meals.  Through you support we were able to provide warm meals and so much more.  Dozens of new boots, glove, and hats were provided to help people stay warm as they travelled to and from our community kitchen and pantry. 
  
          During January many individuals in need of assistance in our community are forced to rely on the Mobile Food Pantry through the Food Bank of WNY that we coordinate at two locations in the City of Buffalo.  Individuals truly need food and are willing to wait outside with temperatures near 20 degrees to obtain what is necessary.  We cannot thank you enough for your help and compassion.

Sincerely,

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Joseph S. Heary
Executive Director

The Genesis Center and FONP Bring Meals to South Buffalo

This January, FONP launched a free meal program in partnership with The Genesis Center to bring nutritious meals to the South Buffalo community.  The program provides a warm, safe environment where individuals and families can enjoy a hot meal together in a dining room setting every Wednesday evening from 4-6PM.  Kathy, who serves as a volunteer and is also a recipient of services at the center, expressed, " The food is wonderful. I look forward to coming in ." 

For many, the meal program not only meets a physical need but also helps ease the worry of not knowing where their next meal is coming from.  Eating a healthy, balanced diet is a critical step in feeling well enough to face the challeng es they  must meet to survive.  A great tasting meal has the ability to improve morale in a depressed situation.  When asked about the food, Don looks up from his meal with a huge grin and responds, "It's always good.  The mashed potatoes are amazing!"

Many also come to The Genesis center to receive essential support services that help them through the daily struggles that poverty  and homelessness bring. 
"Everyone is so kind here. It's a wonderful thing fo r the com munity," says Ro se as she breaks bread with her friend J oy.  Joy nods and echoes Rose's sentiment, "They really point you in the right direction for services."
The center offers a food pantry, free health clinic, nutrition classes, grief support and a baby/toddler pantry.  Additional services include AA meetings, library with adult and children's  books/videos, craft workshops, stress/PTSD groups and a grief support group.

Your donations help FONP and The Genesis Center  meet needs in South Buffalo and we thank you.     

  "We are grateful to Friends of Night People for partnering with us to help offer an additional soup kitchen at the Genesis Center on Wednesday evenings.  Joe, Marty and Chris have been invaluable in helping us organize the program to provide more meals to our community." 
~ Teresa Missel, Program Administrator

With your help, FONP and The Genesis Center are able to offer a warm, friendly respite, hot meal and hope from the harsh realities of the street,  something those experiencing difficult times are often hard-pressed to find.

For more information on the Genesis Center, please visit their website at www.thegenesiscenter.us

FONP's Clothing Closet Gets a Makeover

A surplus of clothing donations from caring individuals like YOU have kept our clothing closet full!  

FONP is now only able to accept the following items for donation:

              Men & Women
Jeans & Sweatpants Jackets & Sweatshirts T-Shirts & Underwear Sneakers and Boots Belts
 
Linens Blankets & Sheets Towels & Washcloth Sleeping Bags
 
Hygiene Soap & Shampoo Deodorant Toothbrush and Toothpaste Tampons & Pads 

In order to best serve the community, our volunteers have been put to the task of sorting and categorizing items to make them more accessible and will follow a new plan for distribution.
  
Individuals needing clothing will now check-in on arrival and will receive up to four free highly-needed items twice per month.  Unlimited additional items may be taken from a specially designated section.  Goods that cannot be immediately redistributed or added to our clothing closet will be transferred to one of several of our partner locations.  Community members will then be given vouchers that are redeemable at our partner locations for additional free items.  For a downloadable brochure click here:  Clothing Closet +  

Save the date for Friends of Night People Putting Hunger on the Run 5K

This year's 5K fun run and walk in the fight against hunger will take place on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017.


The race starts on the corner of Niagara & Vermont Streets.  Runners line up at 9 AM and  the race begins at 10 AM.  
Download the application online at  www.friendsofnightpeople.org .  

Event planning is well on its way but we are still seeking race volunteers to assist with a variety o f tasks, including traffic control and passing out water.   Email Kristen at 
to sign up to volunteer.



THANK YOU to our 2017 race sponso rs: 













There's still time to become an event sponsor! Contact Joseph Heary at joe@friendsofnightpeople.com.

Proceeds help provide meals to those in need. We can't wait to see everyone out there! 

Michele Beal
Michele's Musings

Michele Beal, program coordinator for the Friends of Night People Friends of Friends Program, reflects on the past couple months, and talks about a new initiative Fun And Recovery

Meet FONP's Newest Faces
                                                                                                                                                          

Meet Kristen Yansick, our new full-time Volunteer Coordinator and Community Health Worker! Wh en she isn't busy recruiting, scheduling or training volunteers or overseeing the clothing  closet, you might see her out in the community, assisting with meal programs or running public health education classes. In office, she is often entering data, writing letters or creating marketing materials.





Meet Chris Hamilton, our new full-time Sous Chef! He shares the difficult task of  helping oversee the kitchen which includes designing menus, coordinating, and cooking daily balanced meals for the community.  He facilitates both set-up and clean-up in the kitchen and dining room. Nearly every day, he sets about the important task of loading the van and delivering prepared meals to FONP's satellite meal locations.

   


                                                                                                             
Meet Amanda Escobar,  our part-time Administrative and Development Assistant! She works hard behind the scenes managing social media applications, facilitating communications, ente ring data, writing letters, filing permits, mailings and creating marketing materials.  Working both in the office and remotely, she assists a variety of administrative needs on the back-end of program operations, including projects, grants and fundraisers. 
Orchard Park Presbyterian Church Donates New Dishwasher to FONP
Thank you to Orchard Park Presbyterian Church for your donation of a dishwasher earlier this year.  

Through your generosity, kitchen clean-up is made much more efficient so we can spend even more time focusing on what matters most - the people we serve!

  
Volunteer Information

T hank you to all of our volunteers for your continued support. We would just like to give a little friendly reminder for everyone to please arrive at our facility to volunteer at 4:30 p.m to serve dinner and 6:45 to help in the food pantry, if possible. 

If something should come up that you, and/or your group cannot make it, please contact Kristen at kyansick@friendsofnightpeople.com. Thank you!  

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Phone: 716.884.5375
Fax: 716.884.7882
Email: Info@FriendsofNightPeople.com