Gerard Place first opened its doors in 2000, the culmination of the work of twelve Congregations of Women Religious in the Diocese of Buffalo. The congregations created and sponsored Gerard Place on the grounds of the former St. Gerard’s Parish, located in the Bailey-Delavan neighborhood of Buffalo. Gerard Place is dedicated to improving the lives of people striving to break the cycle of poverty in their lives. Gerard Place provides housing for homeless single parents and their families and empowers those parents through education, employment, vocational training, life skills classes and counseling.
Our core values are: Compassion, Reverence, Integrity and Collaboration.
Gerard Place’s supportive services for homeless mothers and their children has been highly successful. Among families served, over 90% have transitioned to independent housing and have not returned to homelessness. This is a result of the intensive and individualized supportive services available at Gerard Place.
In response to the high need for family support throughout our community, Gerard Place is expanding services into the community with the Gerard Place Community Center. The community center will bring education and job readiness training into the neighborhood as well as quality childcare.
Gerard Place strengthens the community as it empowers individuals and families toward self-sufficiency by providing housing, supportive services, community education and outreach.