For the past few years, we've been slowly expanding our work to other parts of the city. Now it's time to make it official with our name change.
Supporters of Westside Ministries,
We are pleased to announce that we are changing our name to 716 Ministries to reflect our ministry and program expansion to greater Buffalo.
When Westside Ministries was formed in 2002, no one could have imagined where Buffalo's West Side would be by 2016. We have been privileged to see firsthand the impact that our work, alongside the work of many other wonderful organizations, has had on transforming this community. While there is still much work to be done on the West Side, during the past two years we have begun work in other neighborhoods in Buffalo that would also benefit from our attention. With all this new activity in various parts of the city, we knew we could not remain Westside Ministries, in name, forever. But it is not the name-change that is important or exciting; it is the opportunity to be God's servants in new communities.
We are well aware that the hardships of the West Side are different from those in the East Side or Riverside. Simply replicating our West Side programs in these communities would neither be successful, or what the residents need or want. Instead, we are slowly and prayerfully moving into these new neighborhoods. Our Work Readiness program has been operating on the East Side for the past year, we have facility partners on the East Side and Black Rock, and for the first time, we will be hosting LoveBuffalo on the East Side this July.
The name, 716 Ministries, will be inclusive of all our work in Buffalo. Over the course of the next year, our name will change on our website, emails, and printed materials, but our staff, leadership and partners will remain the same. Our work in Facilities Maintenance, On-the-Job Training, and Housing Rehab in the West Side will continue. We will be able to accept donations to both WSM and 716 Ministries and we will continue to have ongoing volunteer opportunities in many Buffalo neighborhoods.
We are excited for how God will work through us in the years to come and we hope you will join us in faith as we take this new step. Thank you for being part of our ever-growing story.
Jeffrey A. Jones