Furthering a commitment to promote and protect the health and well-being of Buffalo’s residents, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center was pleased and honored to join Pastor Dwayne Jones as construction begins on the new Mount Aaron Village housing campus.
The long-awaited affordable housing initiative will include 59 units, of which 18 apartments will be dedicated exclusively for people who need supportive services to live independently.
Roswell Park has worked closely with Pastor Jones and his Mount Aaron Baptist Church on Buffalo’s East Side for years, from the time Pastor Jones began his work at the church through the development of the Mount Aaron Community Center.
“You cannot build a project like this all on your own. It takes a collaboration of the whole community,” Pastor Jones says. “When one building goes up, the whole community goes up. We will continue putting the buildings up. Like Dr. Martin Luther King says, we must keep on moving on.”
Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, and Senator Tim Kennedy all played key roles in getting the project across the finish line.
Roswell Park’s commitment to the Mount Aaron community is a longstanding one and part of our larger outreach effort to be a Good Neighbor to Buffalo and Buffalonians.
“We provide our services whenever we can, to help in any way we can, to make sure that not only this project but everything Pastor Jones does is a success,” says Candace Johnson, PhD, President and CEO of Roswell Park.
We want to continue to work with the pastor and help people most in need in the Genesee-Jefferson area,” adds Carl Thomas, Chief Organizational and Community Liaison for Roswell Park and a longtime friend of Pastor Jones.
Roswell Park also has worked with Mount Aaron and Pastor Jones to develop a community center where “kids a can come in after school and work on the computer and have a safe place to learn and play,” Thomas says. “Here at Roswell Park, during Black History Month, Pastor Jones has been instrumental in helping us get our program together, bringing in a speaker and entertainment. We work very well together.”
For a number of years, Roswell Park and Pastor Jones, along with other leaders in the faith community, would host job fairs and resume writing classes to help people connect successfully with job opportunities at Roswell Park and beyond. “We’d explain what our jobs entail and, if they met the qualifications, we’d have them apply on the spot and do everything we can to employ them. We were very successful before COVID hit,” but the fairs are something Thomas said he’d like to resume when possible.
A full list of the ways in which Roswell Park works to be a strong presence in the City of Good Neighbors can be found on our website at RoswellPark.org/community