Buffalo City Mission

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With the strengths of our brand new Community Center, The Alfiero Center of Hope and Promise, and our shelter for women and children, Cornerstone Manor, Buffalo City Mission provides comprehensive recovery programs to help homeless men, women and children rebuild stable, healthy, productive lives.

We believe Jesus calls us to open our arms wide as the need grows. We will continue to expand our services and develop innovative programs as the complexities of homelessness change.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Buffalo City Mission
100 East Tupper St
Buffalo, NY 14203

Website: buffalocitymission.org

Phone: (716) 854-8181

Email: buffalocitymission.org/contact-us/

Organization details

EIN: 160743965

CEO/President: Aubrey Calhoun

Chairman: Dr. Grace Huff

Board size: 9

Founder: Billy Sunday, Rev. and Mrs. Edward Clark

Ruling year: 1947

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


Our purpose is to proclaim and demonstrate the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ, caring for the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of men, women and children in need of hope.

Buffalo City Mission's vision is to restore hope to the homeless and hurting of Western New York. We provide emergency shelter and nourishing meals to thousands of homeless men, women and children. But we don't believe that's enough.

Mission statement

The Buffalo City Mission exists to restore hope and dignity to the hurting and homeless through the transforming grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.

Statement of faith

Buffalo City Mission is a non-denominational Christian organization. We are committed to the following essential truths of biblical Christianity.

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and therefore our only authority.
We believe in the Trinity of the Godhead.
We believe in the creation of man by the direct act of God.
We believe in the fall of man and his need for redemption.
We believe in the Deity, incarnation and virgin birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We believe in Christ's vicarious atonement for the sins of mankind by the shedding of His blood on the cross.
We believe in Christ's bodily resurrection from the tomb and His Ascension into Heaven.
We believe in Jesus Christ's personal, imminent return.
We believe in the Personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the justification of the believer by grace through faith.
We believe in a literal Satan who is our adversary.
We believe in a literal Heaven for the redeemed and a literal hell for the lost.

(Adopted in 1917, from the Statement of Christian Faith by the founding committee and used by the Board of Directors as the foundation for work.)

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating1065 of 1104136 of 140
Fund acquisition rating863 of 1105118 of 140
Resource allocation rating952 of 1105120 of 140
Asset utilization rating1039 of 1104134 of 140

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$885,909$2,026,533$3,046,180$2,978,546$5,112,487
Short-term investments$326,271$933,417$717,858$180,888$195,516
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,048,270$5,259,102$6,566,971$8,536,666$10,249,820
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$19,354,049$19,952,642$17,693,942$9,796,765$1,446,976
Other long-term assets$6,955,244$84,073$635,993$1,563,186$1,701,312
Total long-term assets$26,309,293$20,036,715$18,329,935$11,359,951$3,148,288
Total assets$29,357,563$25,295,817$24,896,906$19,896,617$13,398,108
Payables and accrued expenses$291,331$249,164$855,014$1,864,201$480,255
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$291,331$249,164$855,014$1,864,201$480,255
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$84,432$353,741$380,311$23,772$158
Total long-term liabilities$8,057,019$8,934,088$9,993,918$4,066,526$523,758
Total liabilities$8,348,350$9,183,252$10,848,932$5,930,727$1,004,013
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Without donor restrictions$14,292,307$15,178,266$4,550,011$5,750,586$6,725,930
With donor restrictions$6,716,906$934,299$9,497,963$8,215,304$5,668,165
Net assets$21,009,213$16,112,565$14,047,974$13,965,890$12,394,095
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$8,786,678$11,254,383$10,207,313$10,219,481$12,727,530
Program service revenue$897,755$702,590$401,898$615,907$595,939
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,329$18,028($215,731)$137,541$80,482
Other revenue$6,290,611$0$10,727$180,998$374,505
Total other revenue$7,193,695$720,618$196,894$934,446$1,050,926
Total revenue$15,980,373$11,975,001$10,404,207$11,153,927$13,778,456
Program services$7,464,319$7,137,267$6,811,542$6,462,276$6,445,792
Management and general$1,387,178$1,243,021$760,144$752,318$603,700
Total expenses$10,942,224$10,380,728$9,920,211$9,417,619$9,291,370
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Surplus (deficit)$5,038,149$1,594,273$483,996$1,736,308$4,487,086
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$5,038,149$1,594,273$483,996$1,736,308$4,487,086


Stuart HarperExecutive Director (to May 2022)$134,604
Aubrey CalhounExecutive Director$104,126
Yvonne BanksChief Operating Officer$98,158
Amy ThewCFO (to November 2021)$90,965

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/6/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


June 29, 1917

Baseball hero-turned-evangelist Billy Sunday makes a contribution of $8,400 to the Buffalo Evangelistic Association, directing them to open a rescue mission. Rev. and Mrs. Edward Clark initiated City Mission Society that fall.


City Mission Society's board of directors purchase Fenton's Pekin Cabaret, a former nightclub, using Billy Sunday's gift as down payment. The Mission opens its doors June 11 to provide chapel services and meals for the homeless.


City Mission Society expands its services to include clothing and sheltering the homeless.


Women from 20 Western New York churches form a women's auxiliary to raise funds, improve housekeeping, formalize clothing distribution and coordinate holiday events. In addition to cash, donations during this time include gifts of milk, farm produce, meat and other foods for the Mission's dining tables and community food pantry.


With drug use and domestic violence on the rise, family homelessness becomes a nationwide concern. In 1981, the Mission opens a shelter and safe house in a Victorian house on Linwood for families victimized by fire, violence and other crises.


City Mission Society (now known as Buffalo City Mission) moves into a new facility at 100 E. Tupper, where administrative offices and the Men's Community Center are located.


The Mission would go on to raise $1.3 million to build the initial Cornerstone Manor Women and Children's Shelter located at 45 Carlton Street. This facility opened in October 1990 and provided emergency shelter, recovery programs and an on-site school satellite for homeless children.


In 2001, a campaign to build a new and larger facility for Cornerstone Manor begins in response to the growing number of homeless women and children in Western New York.


August 18, 2006, the new building opens its doors for its first year. Foundations, corporations, churches and individuals provided the means to raise $15 million dollars to build Buffalo City Mission's new Cornerstone Manor for Women and Children.


The Buffalo City Mission celebrates it's 100 Year Anniversary serving those in need in the Western New York area.


The Buffalo City Mission holds it's Groundbreaking Ceremony on September 19th to officially begin the construction of the new Men's Community Center.


The Mission holds it's Topping Out Ceremony on April 16th, where the Board, Staff, Dignitaries and Guests were invited to sign a ceremonial white beam that was then hoisted into place to complete the steel structure of the new Community Center.


The Buffalo City Mission opens it's new Community Center, the Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise. March - The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is held on March 26th to officially open the doors of the brand new facility, offering many more programs and services to Buffalo's most vulnerable neighbors.

Program accomplishments

This past year:
120,462 nourishing meals served
66,242 nights of safe shelter