After cutting their teeth in urban missions while serving with EAPE in the 80s, Diann and Mark Cerbone founded Peace of the City in Buffalo, New York in 1992. What began as an after-school homework club has blossomed into a dynamic ministry serving and empowering more than 100 children, teens and their families in under-resourced Buffalo neighborhoods each year through literacy training, educational enrichment activities, mentoring and relational discipling.
Because of a unique partnership with Houghton College’s “Wesley Service Corps,” a one-year service program through Americorps, Peace of the City is eligible to receive 3 Wesley Corps members for the 2012-2023 ministry year. We have committed to sustain these volunteers throughout the year of their service, but we need your support to meet this goal.
It costs $6,000 to house, feed and supervise each Wesley Corps member. Your support will help Peace of the City’s dedicated staff, volunteers and Wesley Corps members to serve needy families in West Buffalo in even better ways.
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About Peace of the City Ministries
Motivated by Jesus’ call to “love your neighbor”, dedicated staff and volunteers offer a range of relevant programs designed to provide young people with the skills, tools and values needed to succeed educationally, break the cycle of poverty, and lead meaningful, productive lives and hopefully become community leaders and role models.
Since 1992, Peace of the City Ministries has been a “roll up your sleeves and get to work“outfit. We feel constrained by the call of Jesus Christ to care for those our society would rather forget. Our ministry seeks to provide for the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the poor and “working poor”.
Buffalo, New York
Buffalo, New York is the forgotten Rust Belt City. Since 1950, Buffalo has lost nearly 50% of its population. Thousands of abandoned homes and storefronts are scattered throughout the city. Over 70% of children enrolled in public schools live below poverty level. Historically, over 95% of youth involved in our ministry have come from single-mother homes. Our city is barely hanging on. Peace of the City has rooted itself in neighborhoods