L-R: Rashaun Smalls, Majority Leader Peoples-Stokes, Dior Lindsey, Dr. LaVonne Ansari, and Mayor Byron Brown – not shown: NYS
On Wednesday, August 15, the Osborne Association and the Community Health Center of Buffalo held a ribbon-cutting and open house for the FamilyWorks Video Teleconferencing Program located on the second floor of the Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc., 34 Benwood Avenue.
FamilyWorks Buffalo is an enrichment, leadership, and relationship-building program for parents, children, and families affected by incarceration in Western New York. Funding for the program was made possible by a $180,000 grant from Senator Tim Kennedy.
The video teleconferencing room hosts state-of-the-art technology that connects families to eight New York State prisons. The program has been a great alternative during the current COVID-19 pandemic when many prisons suspended in-person visitation.
Senator Tim Kennedy – “The negative impact on the children of incarcerated adults can often be overlooked. I thank the Osborne Association and Community Health Center of Buffalo for their proactive approach.
Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes – “Family separation by incarceration is one of the most devastating things that can happen to a child. This program is just another example of our commitment to providing a way to keep to families together no matter what their challenges might be.”
Dr. LaVonne Ansari, CEO of the Community Health Center of Buffalo – “This is another opportunity for the Community Health Center of Buffalo to be a safety net for families enduring the incarceration of their loved ones. We are pleased to be a part of this exciting, groundbreaking initiative.”
For more information regarding the FamilyWorks Program, contact Dior Lindsey, Program Coordinator, at (929) 239-5943