The Valley Community Association Family Support Services Program is designed to assist individuals and families in the Buffalo River Community that are struggling to recover from financial crises and face daily challenges as a result of poverty. The program is dedicated to fostering independence and creating greater self-sufficiency and stability through community access to information and education, encouraging healthy behaviors through nutrition education and the provision of healthy foods, promoting employment through resume writing and job search services, and facilitating enrollment in services and supports offered through the City and County, such as Food Stamps, WIC, and HEAP. Services include screenings, case management with the Program Director, food pantry distribution and nutrition education, and employment assistance.
Each Thursday the VCA Senior Program goes on the road to one of four satellite sites in the Buffalo River Community. The VCA hosts lunch, bingo games, and VCA staff are on hand to assist those seniors with any issues they have from 12pm-2pm.
The VCA is listed as an Emergency Food Provider by the Food Bank of WNY. This is on a referral only basis and only food will be supplied. If there are needs beyond food (i.e. clothing, furniture, etc.) further referral to additional agencies will be provided.
Those who need a referral can dial 211 or contact their local Health and Human Services Department if they are experiencing an emergency and need food. Assistance is also available on the Food Bank Website on the “Get Help” tab at http://www.foodbankwny.org/
To find out more, contact VCA Senior Citizen & Family Support Services Coordinator 716-823-4707 ext. 5.