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Habitat for Humanity Buffalo to Build Home in Honor of Pope Francis

On Saturday, May 17, 2015, Habitat for Humanity will start the constructing of a new house at 457 Busti Avenue in honor of Pope Francis. An anonymous donor has stepped up to donate $60,000 towards the project. The donation came along with a $40,000 challenge amount that was met by the community.

Since 1985 Habitat for Humanity (H4) has constructed 265 houses in Buffalo, in order to help accommodate the needs of the low-income community. As of late, the H4H presence on the West Side have been very strong (see here).

According to H4H, the purpose behind this latest house is threefold:

  • To honor Pope Francis and his commitment to social justice & reinvigorating the Catholic Church;
  • To provide a unifying, celebratory opportunity for both Catholic and non-Catholic volunteers to work together towards a common goal (as Pope Francis says, “Work confers dignity.”); and
  • To further Habitat’s mission of building and preserving homes

The community is invited to the groundbreaking of 457 Busti Avenue this Saturday. Timbers will be blessed and signed, and additional donations will be accepted.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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