Why Hope?

The Hope Project of WNY, Inc. was created as a resource for struggling families.  Often identified as 'the working poor', many families find it difficult to make ends meet regardless of employment. In addition we assist individuals who have lost their job to no fault of their own, legally disabled individuals, households with special needs members, victims of domestic violence in transition and of course, without reservation, our military families and veterans.  Individuals and families may request assistance due to a sudden or unexpected tragedy, such as a house fire or serious medical diagnosis.

SEE OUR COLLECTION

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?

PLEASE PROVIDE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION FOR THE CIRCUMSTANCE ABOVE IN WHICH YOU QUALIFY, PAY STUB, PROOF OF DISABILITY (SSD AWARD LETTER), DOMESTIC VIOLENCE POLICE REPORT, SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN DIAGNOSIS.  PLEASE BRING A COPY FOR US TO KEEP ON FILE.


Spring HOURS :

Monday 10-4

Tuesday 10-4

Wednesday 10-4

Thursday 10-4

Friday - Closed

Saturday 12-4

Sunday - Closed


WE ARE CLOSED IF THE LANCASTER, NY OR DEPEW, NY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED DUE TO WEATHER. WE ARE ALSO CLOSED ON NATIONAL HOLIDAYS. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.  PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE FOR ADDITIONAL CLOSURES.

HOW DO WE HELP?


WE PROVIDE GENTLY USED CLOTHING, SHOES, COATS, WINTER WEAR, BABY ITEMS, MATERNITY CLOTHING, PROM DRESSES, HALLOWEEN COSTUMES, SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND TOYS FOR OUR MEMBERS.  HYGIENE PRODUCTS AND CLEANING SUPPLIES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE.  THESE ITEMS ARE PROVIDED AT ZERO COST TO OUR QUALIFYING FAMILIES.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

THE HOPE TABLE

A NEW GROCERY GIFT CARD PROGRAM OFFERED TO QUALIFYING FAMILIES WHO SUFFER A SUDDEN OR UNFORESEEN HARDSHIP.


HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

YEARLY GIFT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR OUR QUALIFYING MEMBERS.  WE PROVIDE (MAINLY THROUGH DONATIONS) TRADITIONAL TOYS OR REQUESTED ITEMS THAT ARE CONSIDERED A NECESSITY, 


HOPE IN THE NEWS

Positively Buffalo: Bringing Hope to Western New Yorkers

By Melanie Orlins, News 4 Anchor

Published: March 13, 2018, 6:15 am Updated: March 13, 2018, 9:08 am


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A western New York group, known as The Hope Project, is fighting to support the working poor.

The charity started on a Lancaster woman’s driveway 3 years ago and it’s gone full circle.

From pants and pajamas to deodorant and home decor… it looks like a store where you would shop for the latest trends.

“You want them to have a sense of pride in what they’re wearing, said Dee Miller, the founder of The Hope Project.

It has all the feels of a department store, too.

“We have dressing rooms now… WOOO!” said Dee.

But it’s so much more than just a place to shop.

The Hope Project marks a fresh start after tragedy.

“I can pass them in TOPS and I’ll say ‘how’s the new house from a fire’ and they’ll say great thank you so much! And that’s just the way it is!” said Dee.

It also helps the working poor supply what they need for their family.

“You can put a roof over your head for your children you can put food on the table but you may not be able to properly clothe them for school or go through the growth spurts… or purchase school supplies,” said Dee.

Dee and her crew have come a long way.

All of this — started on her Lancaster driveway.

“It’s incredible to watch – especially when you’re there from the very beginning. From starting in 90 degree weather sorting clothes in a driveway and then finding a place that we can actually call our own. And then… getting larger than that. We’re getting larger than that right now,” said Marlene Stoerr.

Marlene is one of what Dee calls “the Original Driveway people”.

The people she’s met through The Hope Project have had a major impact on her life.

“Very, very emotional… I mean you cry with them. You cry with the story and then you cry for happiness because they’re so thrilled and so grateful for what you did for them,” said Marlene.

Jill Hazelet agrees.

The day we met her, she was hard at work unpacking boxes and sorting clothes.

But that’s not how it’s always been.

“I’ve always worked my whole entire life and then I had some medical issues and my son has medical issues,” said Hazelet.

At one point, Jill was on the receiving end.

Dee and The Hope Project stepped in.

“She’s done a lot for me. I’m a tough person. For me to cry it says a lot. To have somebody like that who’s still there to help through all of this… She’s made me believe in humanity again,” said Hazelet.

“We just want people to feel like we are all the same. That we are all fighting a battle and we can all back each other and we can all get through this thing together,” said Dee.

A woman, on a mission, to make a difference and provide hope.

The Hope Project is always looking for donations.

They’re located in the Eastern Hills Mall and just had a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark their opening. 



The Hope Project wants to help families struggling to make ends meet

By Marissa Perlman, News 4 Reporter

Published: August 15, 2016, 5:59 pm

DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) –  The Hope Project just opened their brand new “shopping center” in Depew. The programs goal is to fill in the blanks for those struggling to provide for themselves or their families.

Dee Miller says she never thought she’d see the hope project become a reality. She started the organization our of her basement. People would come to her home asking her for food and clothes. She said she’d do everything she could to help them, sometimes taking clothes out of her own kids drawers.

Julianna Wagner and her sister Erica spent the day shopping for back to school clothes, Monday, thanks to The Hope Project. Founder Dee Miller said, that’s the point. “If you don’t want to wear it or put it on your children, please don’t give it to us. Because everyone that walks in this door, they’re treated with dignity they are not judged. We want them to walk through the door and keep that dignity and if they didn’t have it coming through the door, to leave with it.”

The organization caters to Western New Yorkers who fall through the cracks. For those who don’t get help from the state and can’t provide basic necessities for themselves or their families,there are few resources available.

Two summers ago, a relative going through a tough time dropped her three kids off on Amy Arroyo’s front door. At the time she was barely making ends meet with her own kids:

Arroyo said, “Even having them for the summer was a struggle. Feeding them and taking them out and taking care of them and stuff.”

So she turned to The Hope Project. She said, “It’s just really expensive and when you get that help its really a relief because if not, I don’t know what we would do.”

Dee Miller started the organization at her home in Lancaster a year ago, and as the donations poured in she realized the hope project needed its own space. She said, “You couldn’t open my front door. There would be boxes of donations, bags of donations, and we would make sure it got out. It just escalated into this massive that were all in this together. We’re going to try to make each other feel better and respect

each other for what were trying to accomplish in our lives.”

The Hope Project is now looking for volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about upcoming events that help support the organization, head to The Hope Project’s Facebook Page. 

IMMEDIATE NEED

MAY CHANGE WEEKLY, PLEASE CHECK BACK

  • HYGIENE ITEMS SUCH AS TOOTHPASTE, SOAP, DEODORANT,  FEMALE PRODUCTS, RAZORS AND BODY WASH ETC.
  • CLEANING SUPPLIES
  • PAPER PRODUCTS, TOILET PAPER AND PAPER TOWELS
  • NEW SOCKS AND NEW UNDERWEAR
  • SCHOOL AGED CHILDRENS CLOTHING - ESPECIALLY TEEN AND BOYS, ALL SIZES
  • GROCERY STORE GIFT CARDS




THE BEE

First Blue Mitten Project showcases collaboration during holidays

Lancaster Depew Bee


Depew's very own Hope Project of WNY teamed up with Cheektowaga police, Target and Marketing Mayor for the Blue Mitten Project, a charity event to help less-fortunate children have a wonderful holiday season. Jacob Becker, Marketing Mayor president and the driving force behind the first Blue Mitten Project, looks to foster a relationship between police and the communities they serve.


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The Hope Project continues its good work

by AMY ROBB Editor

Dee Miller and her daughter, Ava, help arrange clothing for families to choose from when they visit The Hope Project’s new location at 42 S. Warsaw St. in Depew.

Dee Miller never thought that a quick Facebook post would lead to her life’s calling. Like a lot of big life changes, this one was unexpected but not unwelcome. In fact, it was a sigh of relief for the Lancaster mother of two.

A simple post offering open food items led to dozens of families messaging her, and as the numbers grew, Miller found herself taking donations from countless community members and storing them at her home for those in need to pick up.

“I’ll never forget, I can remember them coming to my home, and it got to the point where I started collecting food from other people, and I think it was seven or eight families that ended up getting [what they needed] from this post,” said Miller.

This was as of May 2015, and a lot has changed since then.

Formerly known as the Community Closet, The Hope Project of Western New York now has a brick and mortar location at 42 S. Warsaw St. in Depew.

The organization has the same focus it did at its creation: to be there for people who work but through many hardships cannot provide daily necessities for their families.

”They pay for the roof over their kids’ heads. They pay for the food on their table, but they may not be able to get them school supplies or clothing that fits properly or is in decent shape … and that’s where we come in. We want all these kids to go to school and feel proud of themselves — a sense of dignity. We need to make sure that it happens for everyone,” said Miller.

Ultimately, it comes down to seeing a need and doing something about it, whether it’s fresh socks for a teenage girl or a warm blanket for a single mother, given that colder months are right around the corner.

“I can’t accept it, and I don’t think we should accept it as a community,” added Miller, referring to people in the community who are going without necessities.

The Hope Project is close to becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and Miller expects the last stages to be completed by the end of this year.

“Everything has been submitted. We’re just waiting for the approval from the federal government, and then once that happens, I’m hoping that opens up our donation base a little bit,” said Miller.

Right now, the organization relies solely on donations and fundraisers such as its basket raffles and its most recent drive for school clothes and supplies. It’s estimated that supplies and clothing donated helped 40 to 50 local families.

The next push is for winter coats, boots and blankets. Miller urges people donating to think about the people who will be wearing what they give; material must be in good condition with no broken zippers, tears in fabric or stains.

”Anything that you would put on your own family member,” added Miller.

Upcoming fundraisers for the organization include a Family Fitness Marathon from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Shannon Connors Fitness, 5801 Transit Road in Depew, and the Holiday Fundraising Event from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Lancaster Moose Lodge, 5437 Broadway in Lancaster.

Donors and those looking for assistance are encouraged to call 328-7022, stop by in person or visit the group’s Facebook page, “The Hope Project of WNY.” The organization is always looking for volunteers to help sort through the countless items donated or help with fundraising events.

PROJECTS

Are you a Girl Scout or Boy Scout leader?  THP is always looking for troops to collect hygiene and cleaning products as part of their badge earning projects.  If this interests you please email us today.

AFFILIATIONS

The Hope Project of WNY, Inc. works with other local organizations who serve western New York.


Buffalo Good Neighbors (BGN)

https://www.facebook.com/buffalosgoodneighbors

supports local homeless through hands on assistance.  Volunteers distribute weather appropriate clothing as well as hot meals for those desperately in need.  BGN is currently looking for gloves, hats and new socks for distribution.  Please contact them directly via facebook to see how you can help today.