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2018-10-11 / Local News

Residents donate to build houses for Gospa Village

A number of donors, including ones from Orchard Park, have helped to build three new houses for Gospa Village on the east side of Buffalo.

Gospa Village provides housing for single women and their children and ensures a “safe haven where they can have a little community of the same mind, the same heart, the same spirit to help them get on their feet” according to Amy Betros, president of Gospa Village

Scott Bieler and Kathryn Lasher donated the funds for the Amy Betros House. Frank and Maria Stucke, of Orchard Park, were the major donors that built the Norman S. Paolini Jr. House in the community. Russell J. Salvatore donated the Russell J. Salvatore

House for Women and Children.

Bieler credited the builders who came together to make this project a reality, Andrew Romanowski of Alliance Builders and Dave Knauss and Tom Glomb of Lehigh Construction Group.

Gospa Village is a mentored living environment where mothers develop parenting and life skills while their children live in a safe environment.

It opened in 2015 and in this model, families are anticipated to stay in the house for three to four years before they are ready to move into independent housing. The organization said this is how the house is a community resource that becomes available for another family.

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