So often tragedy strikes when we least expect it. One minute you’re watching “Home Alone” curled up on the couch with your family, the next you’re standing in the middle of a snowy street watching the life you once knew fading away.
Early the morning of December 12th a fire destroyed the house located directly behind rental property owned by Black Rock-Riverside NHS. Fire detectors gave early warnings and thankfully our tenants escaped unharmed. Although the blaze has caused considerable damage, forcing those families to relocate, we’re grateful no lives were lost. Many thanks go out to the Buffalo Fire Department for their rapid response and containment of the blaze.
The holidays have always put a focus on our relationship to others, not only a gratefulness for those close to us, but an appreciation for those we don’t know. There are currently two online fundraisers dedicated to helping those displaced get back on their feet again. You can visit this link to contribute to the Rathburn Conrad family and you visit this link to raise funds for our elderly tenant, Ms. Jolan Ujj.
There are many causes worthy of your contribution this season. We hope you’ll find it within your means to contribute to these families in need.
Also, please note, Black Rock-Riverside NHS has closed its office at 203 Military Road due to the damage from the fire. The organization will continue offering housing assistance at the office of its partner agency, West Side NHS, at 359 Connecticut Street. Black Rock-Riverside NHS staff will work out of the West Side NHS office until the building at 203 Military Road is able to open, otherwise all services will continue uninterrupted.
Beginning Tuesday, December 13, Black Rock-Riverside NHS clients and residents seeking services may contact Black Rock-Riverside NHS staff at:
359 Connecticut Street
Buffalo, NY 14213