Because so much support is needed during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period, we wanted to highlight an organization that is working to provide this support for young women (particularly those who have been in the foster care system) who are pregnant or parenting. According to the Homespace website,
“For the past 20 years, Homespace Corporation has been successfully helping young, single women (age 14-21 years old) to forge a better life for themselves and their children. Homespace provides a safe, nurturing environment where these young women can learn the skills to enhance themselves and their families, and break the cycle of public welfare dependency. Residents receive training in job-readiness, budgeting, household management, nutrition, parenting, as well as comprehensive clinical services.”
These clinical services even include access to doula care (see our post on local doulas for more info on this topic) as well as services like counseling to support mental and emotional health. We are donating a percentage of our September website sales to Homespace to support the young parents in this program!
If you don’t already know about the work Jericho Road Community Health Center is doing in Buffalo, be sure to check them out and support them! What we love about this organization is that they focus on anyone who needs medical care and support--children as well as adults, and newly arrived refugees (like those coming from Afghanistan and Haiti) as well as those who have been living in Buffalo their entire lives.
According to their website, “Jericho Road Community Health Center provides high-quality medical care for the whole family — especially people with limited access to medical care, like families living in poverty, refugees, and immigrants. We provide full-spectrum care to all, even those without insurance or the ability to pay. All of our services exist for and with our patients in mind.”
As well as providing medical care, operating the Vive shelter for asylum seekers, and running a variety of community programs, Jericho Road has also been a huge part of the effort to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccinations in the community
We are donating a percentage of our profits this month to support the essential and meaningful work Jericho Road is doing!
We normally donate to local organizations, but right now the people of Haiti and Afghanistan really need some support. We are using a percentage of our sales from August to donate to two organizations:
Locally Haiti is an organization with Haitian leadership whose mission is to “advocate for and invest in locally led initiatives to support the vision of our partner communities in rural Haiti.”
They believe in helping rural communities thrive through programs in education, agriculture, community health, and girls’ empowerment.
They are currently collecting donations for relief following the recent earthquake in Haiti, and they are funneling these funds to local people and institutions.
(Thank you to Nicole Cardoza at Anti-Racism Daily for her Instagram post highlighting local Haitian-led organizations working to channel aid directly to those who need it.)
Women for Afghan Women is working to keep women safe in Afghanistan and also help provide resources to those trying to evacuate. You can use the link to donate and also use the “Resources and Other Ways to Help” button to open a document with links to send an email to the White House, sign petitions, and contact your representatives (it will use your address to automatically find your senators and representative) to advocate for evacuating and accepting more refugees into the US as well as protecting those who remain in Afghanistan.
We have been spending most of our Wednesdays during the lunch hours at Roswell Park for the Market in the Park. Here, we have gotten to talk with so many doctors, nurses, therapists, and other essential staff members as well as patients and their families. From what they share with us as well as our personal family experiences and the experiences of those around us, we know that the quality of care at Roswell is excellent, particularly because it is so innovative. Roswell offers clinical trials, immunotherapy, and personalized medicine to find the care plan that is right for each individual undergoing treatment.
Because of this, we are donating 15% of our July website sales to Roswell Park and along with other local businesses we are also donating a raffle item for a Celebration of Life event for Deborah Guido Sepielli, who passed away at 53 years old, January 31st, 2021 from small cell lung cancer. Her daughter, Nikki, says this about her:
My mom was very passionate about helping people and making people smile. Her dream was if she beat cancer she wanted to donate wigs and wheelchairs to those who couldn’t afford it.
Unfortunately my mom wasn’t able to beat the cancer, however she fought really hard. I still want her dream to come true.
I am organizing a Celebration of Life event September 11th, 3pm at Como restaurant in Niagara Falls. NY.
Along with the Celebration of Life will be a fundraiser for Roswell Park Cancer Institute because that is where my mom received her care.
The link to the Facebook event page is here if you would like to buy tickets or donate. Also, this year's Ride for Roswell will be taking place on August 7th, and there is still time to register and help fundraise through that event as well!
In honor of Pride month and Juneteenth, we donated 15% of our June website sales to Evergreen Health. We support Evergreen because we believe know that discrimination in healthcare is a very real barrier for people who are Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, and LGBTQ+. We believe that EVERYONE should have access to healthcare that is high quality, compassionate, and inclusive.
According to their website, "Evergreen Health fosters healthy communities by providing medical, supportive and behavioral services to individuals and families in Western New York — especially those who are living with chronic illness or who are underserved by the healthcare system. [Evergreen Health] envisions a future in which all Western New Yorkers have access to affordable healthcare in an environment that is inclusive, compassionate, respectful and judgement-free; that honors diversity and life experience; and that empowers patients to lead healthier, happier lives."
Evergreen has been providing healthcare (including medical, behavioral, and supportive services) for a diverse community for a long time, but now MOCHA Buffalo is officially part of Evergreen, providing services for LGBTQ+ people of color in particular! And following the discussions happening around the recent Juneteenth holiday, we know that legal freedom and recognition are a step in the right direction but there is a great deal more than needs to be done in our communities for real racial and gender equality in terms of economics, education, housing, healthcare, etc.
Know that part of your website purchases are going to Evergreen, but we also encourage you to make your own donations as well!