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buffalo city mission renderingBuffalo City Mission broke ground Wednesday morning for their new 75,000-square foot, $15 million community center that will expand and enhance the City Mission’s services, and Evans Bank helped make the project a reality.

Speakers at the event included City Mission CEO Stuart Harper, Rev Darius Pridgen, Mayor Byron Brown, Rep. Brian Higgins and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, all of whom stressed the importance of this project in offering “Help, Hope and Healing” to those in our community who are facing challenges.

Harper thanked Dave Nasca and the Evans Bank team for making the project possible through financing and sponsorship of the Federal Home Loan Bank’s $3.2 million grant—the largest ever for a project in the region.

“With an increasing number of people in Buffalo and Erie County living below the poverty line, we are proud to be part of a project designed to provide preventive services to our community so that homelessness numbers decrease year over year,” said Ken Pawlak, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Banking Officer.

“We are honored to be part of the City Mission expansion and renewal which will allow the Mission to expand its’ services into the next century,” explained VP, Director of Community Development Jim Rykowski.  “Our role is in keeping with our community bank mission of helping those in need and supporting the efforts of those who serve the members of our community who are in need.”

To see the groundbreaking ceremony, visit the Buffalo City Mission’s Facebook page.

For details on the new community center visit,


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