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'Tis the Season for Giving! Donate to Grace House now!


As the season of gratitude descends upon us, Leadership Buffalo’s Youth Program invites you to support families in need of your support. We – a group of six students from various schools throughout Western New York – have come together to work on a project for Grace House. As a nonprofit healthcare hospitality house located in Buffalo, Grace supports patients and their families by providing a haven and place of respite when receiving care at regional healthcare facilities.

Imagine if you had a family member suddenly suffer an injury, receive a devastating diagnosis, or experience a sudden trauma such as a stroke or heart attack. This difficult situation can become overwhelming when that loved one is admitted to a hospital far from home. Grace House is there for people in a most vulnerable and frightening time by providing them with a place to stay – and not just a bedroom but also dining and living room spaces and laundry facilities. Grace House even provides complimentary shuttle services to medical facilities so guests can visit with their loved ones.

“Our environment is focused on your daily renewal so that you might remain strong and be well while you or your loved one receives medical care at one of our region's healthcare facilities. We hope to ease your journey with our gracious accommodations and the support of caring, compassionate staff and volunteers. Come and be nourished with a Heaping Helping of Hospitality!”

Grace House never turns people away, even if they can’t afford to stay there. And that’s where you come in! Our goal is to raise at least $1,500 to help Grace House welcome families in need to stay at the house free of charge. Your gift helps offset the expenses incurred and ensures that when anyone comes to them for help, they are able to welcome them during a most fragile time in their lives.

Please consider giving a gift in any amount!


Thank you!

Leadership Buffalo Youth Program
Grace House Project

Patrick Brady, Nichols School
Violet Ceppaglia, City Honors
Henry McLaughlin, East Aurora High School
Parker Polston, East Aurora High School
Joseph Sodaro, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
Isabel Steimle, Amherst Central High School

Leadership Buffalo is Making Buffalo Better. Through collaborations, community awareness, and civic engagement, we are uniting leaders to take action. Our five programs are educating individuals and providing resources to make a difference. Participants explore the challenges, concepts, complexity and practice of leadership around important issues through a series of day sessions. Leadership Buffalo unites leaders from diverse backgrounds and increases their knowledge of community issues, broadens their vision and enhances their ability to lead. Through the programs, Leadership Buffalo has expanded Western New York's social capital by graduating more than 3,000 individuals.

Leadership Buffalo’s Youth Leadership program is a ten-month leadership enrichment program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors representing schools throughout our community. The curriculum builds a foundation of leadership skills, an awareness of community issues, an appreciation for diversity and a commitment to lifelong community service.