Jericho Road Ministries was recently selected to receive the Junior League of Buffalo’s 2011 Show House Funds, totaling $219,000, to cover the cost of renovating a new Junior League of Buffalo and Buffalo News Medical Wing, as Jericho Road Ministries and Jericho Road Family Practice merge to form Jericho Road Community Health Center. Jericho Road was one of two finalists for the grant, selected from 50 initial applicants. Executive Director Stephanie Lipnicki remarked: “We are elated and so blessed for the Junior League’s decision to award us the Show House funds in support of our building renovation!”

The merger of Jericho Road Family Practice and Jericho Road Ministries will seek to serve the whole person through increased access to quality medical care and self-sufficiency programs within our city for underserved populations on the East and West Sides of Buffalo. Jericho Road already has New York State Department of Health approval for this merger, and plans to be in full operation as Jericho Road Community Health Center in 2013. Jericho Road is renovating their upstairs facilities at 184 Barton Street location in order to accommodate an increase in patients and medical providers. Once these critical renovations are complete and approved, Jericho Road Ministries and Jericho Road Family Practice can move forward with their merge to become a Community Health Center.

The Show House funds given by the Junior League of Buffalo will be used to cover the costs of one of two new medical wings, including labor and the purchase of building materials, medical equipment, computers, furniture, and a sign. This space will accommodate an additional three medical providers to serve patients 6 days a week through our merged Jericho Road Community Health Center, allowing us to serve more and better meet the vast medical needs of the community.

Thanks to the support of the Junior League, Jericho Road can provide a broader spectrum of care to thousands of patients, cultivating overall improved community health. Through fostering wellness and self-sufficiency, we are enabling otherwise vulnerable and marginalized populations to become integrated and contributing community members, participating in the long-term revitalization of our city.