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Around the Mission Blog

Welcome to Around the Mission, a blog that focuses on different areas of Community Missions, the work that is being done here and the people being served. Please bookmark this page and follow us on Twitter @cminiagara to find out more about what's going on at the Mission and to see when new entries are posted to the blog.

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George's Story

George grew up in Niagara Falls, unfortunately in a broken household. When George was young, his parents’ divorce was blamed on him. On top of that, George was born with a learning disability, and he was placed into special classes at school.

“I would sneak into school after the bell rang because I didn’t want anyone to see me going in special classes,” George said.


Art for Mental Health Show

Community Missions is partnering with Wine on Third to present a showing of artwork from its Niagara Visions PROS program over the next month. The works of art, produced in the Mental Health program, will be featured from May 20-June 17 at the restaurant, with an opening reception scheduled from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, May 20.


Tidings of Joy Brings Hope & Cheer to Local Youth

The REACH (Residential Environments Allowing Children Hope) Division of Community Missions provides a safe haven for neglected, abused and troubled youth, ages 7-17. This marks the 28th year that the Niagara County Community Libraries and other community supporters have graciously sponsored the "Tidings of Joy" Campaign, benefiting youth in our programs.


Niagara Visions PROS Celebration

On Tuesday, May 22, Niagara Visions PROS held an awards ceremony for its participants that met a recovery goal in the past quarter. Among the participants honored were those that are living independently, attending school, and those employed.


Why you should Walk (4 Niagara)

Community Missions of Niagara Frontier is looking for participants to put their best foot forward and "Walk for Niagara", rain or shine, on May 5th at Whirlpool State Park. Check in starts at 10:30 a.m.

Here is what you need to know and here are the top six reasons why you should come walk:


"How Are Things at the Mission?"

Whenever I am out around town, many people will ask me the same question, “How are things at the Mission?” While I typically offer something along the lines of, “things are good, just busy,” the true answer is always a much more complicated one. Let me take a few moments to dive a bit deeper.


Staying Warm in Niagara Falls

With the frigid temperatures over the past couple of weeks, more attention has been brought to what resources are available within the City of Niagara Falls for those that may find themselves without shelter from the weather.


Community Missions to Serve as Site for Youth Point in Time Homeless Survey

On Friday October 27, 2017, Community Missions' REACH (Youth) Division will be available in the Community Kitchen to complete surveys with any homeless youth (under age 25) willing to participate in the Youth Point In Time Homelessness Survey.


Outreach Event Draws Community to Gluck Park

Community Missions (CMI) provides help and guidance for the people of Niagara Falls. However, there are still many people that do not know about the services CMI provides.


Youth Groups Brighten up Community Missions

Giving back is something that makes many people feel genuinely happy. Last week Community Missions (CMI) had the pleasure of receiving some help from a couple of youth groups.


2017 Compassion In Action Awards - Niagara University

Community Missions will hold its 25th Annual Awards Brunch on Wednesday, May 24 at the LaSalle Yacht Club. Each day leading up to the event, we will profile one of the upcoming honorees. Today, Niagara University, recipient of the Director's Award, will be featured.


2017 Compassion In Action Awards - Michael Lewis

Community Missions will hold its 25th Annual Awards Brunch on Wednesday, May 24 at the LaSalle Yacht Club. Each day leading up to the event, we will profile one of the upcoming honorees. Today, Michael Lewis, Ph.D., recipient of the Sharon Kroetsch Memorial Award, will be featured.


2017 Compassion In Action Awards - St. James United Methodist Church

Community Missions will hold its 25th Annual Awards Brunch on Wednesday, May 24 at the LaSalle Yacht Club. Each day leading up to the event, we will profile one of the upcoming honorees. Today, St. James United Methodist Church and members Lee Clark, Richard Chapman and Jan Babcock, recipients of the Ministry and Community Partnerships Award, will be featured.


2017 Compassion In Action Awards - Dorothy Tubinis

Community Missions will hold its 25th Annual Awards Brunch on Wednesday, May 24 at the LaSalle Yacht Club. Each day leading up to the event, we will profile one of the upcoming honorees. Today, Dorothy Tubinis, recipient of the Youth Services Award, will be featured.


2017 Compassion In Action Awards - Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls

Community Missions will hold its 25th Annual Awards Brunch on Wednesday, May 24 at the LaSalle Yacht Club. Each day leading up to the event, we will profile one of the upcoming honorees. Today, Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls, recipient of the Crisis and Community Services Award, will be featured.


2017 Compassion In Action Awards - Katie Alexander - WIVB-TV

Community Missions will hold its 25th Annual Awards Brunch on Wednesday, May 24 at the LaSalle Yacht Club. Each day leading up to the event, we will profile one of the upcoming honorees. Today, Katie Alexander of WIVB-TV, recipient of the Media Award, will be featured.

 


2017 Compassion In Action Awards - Officer Elaine Hertel - Niagara County Probation

Community Missions will hold its 25th Annual Awards Brunch on Wednesday, May 24 at the LaSalle Yacht Club. Each day leading up to the event, we will profile one of the upcoming honorees. Today, Officer Elaine Hertel of the Niagara County Department of Probation, recipient of the Mental Health Housing Services Award, will be featured.


2017 Compassion In Action Awards - Katherine Ellman - Northwest Bank

Community Missions will hold its 25th Annual Awards Brunch on Wednesday, May 24 at the LaSalle Yacht Club. Each day leading up to the event, we will profile one of the upcoming honorees. Today, Katherine Ellman of Northwest Bank, recipient of the Finance Award, will be featured.


2017 Compassion In Action Awards - Jodi McKay, LMSW - Niagara Co. Dept. of Mental Health

Community Missions will hold its 25th Annual Awards Brunch on Wednesday, May 24 at the LaSalle Yacht Club. Each day leading up to the event, we will profile one of the upcoming honorees. Today, Jodi McKay, LMSW from the Niagara County Department of Mental Health (NCDMH), recipient of the Mental Health Recovery Award, will be featured.


2017 Compassion In Action Awards - Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation

Community Missions will hold its 25th Annual Awards Brunch on Wednesday, May 24 at the LaSalle Yacht Club. Each day leading up to the event, we will profile one of the upcoming honorees. Today, the Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, recipient of the Public Relations Award, will be featured.


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By The Numbers...

In 2018, Community Missions provided:

13,268 nights of shelter

119,083 meals

6,081 individuals with clothing

3,198 care days in Youth Services

46,703 care days in Recovery Services

70,997 care days in Housing Services

227 opportunities for Faith Development

 

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