- Message from the President
St. Lukes Mission of Mercy, 2014 designated charity for BNAR
Luke’s dates back to 1928. It was abandoned and closed by the Diocese in
1991. People of tremendous faith stepped up to purchase the church from
the Diocese. I call these co-founders, Amy Betros, Norm Paolini and
Michael Taheri, the Good and Faithful in our community. The mission of
St. Luke’s is to provide care and hope to the poorest of poor on the East side
of Buffalo. They are totally unfunded without financial assistance from
government agencies or the Diocese and depend solely on benefactors.
Through generous donations, St. Luke’s was restored and over the years, abandoned homes were purchased by St. Luke’s that were renovated through the help of local contractors and today provide shelter to homeless families. The children of these families attend Our Lady of Hope School for free. Although faced with many challenges, the graduates of OLH include making the merit and honor roles at their respective high schools to going on to earn college scholarships at Trocaire and Canisius. In 2009 the school expanded its educational support by offering tutoring and mentoring for high school students who attended school in the city of Buffalo. This is the East Side Prep Program.
Providing food, shelter and clothing is an additional component. Everyday St. Luke's provides lunch for needy people and this past winter St. Luke's opened their doors for 49 Code Blue nights to the homeless offering them food, warmth, and a bed.
St. Luke's has a mini-mall providing free clothing to homeless families. Recently it opened a baby store which provides young mothers with all new born necessities. I have personally met with the staff and the co-founders along with dozens of volunteers who come to St. Luke's in great numbers to assist them on a daily basis. Last year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, St. Luke's provided food and toys for 6,000 families.
What is amazing is the tremendous gratitude by the staff and volunteers to everyone that offers help to St. Luke's. The size of the donation doesn't matter.
Also, don’t ever hesitate to contact me. I have a special email “Ask Christie” for you to keep in touch with me and sending your questions or comments any time, on any subject 24/7/365.
What's going on at the BNAR?
Introducing our 3 hour CE Course called Going Mobile taught by our very own Peter Cimino - Director of I.T. for the BNAR. It got outstanding reviews! Don't miss out on another offering, on Friday September 26, 2014! For more details look at our BNAR Calendar.
BNAR Collecting School Supplies for St. Lukes Mission of Mercy
The BNAR, during the months of July and August, will be collecting high school and elementary school supplies. Collect them in your office and drop them off at the BNAR or directly to St. Luke's. St. Luke's is committed to improving lives of residents on the East Side of Buffalo and does not receive money from the government or the diocese and depends on donations from individuals. For more information about St. Luke's click this link. St. Luke's NEVER TURNS anyone away who comes to their door in need of help. If you have used furniture to donate call St. Luke's directly for pick-up at 716-892-4728.
In case you didn’t know, as of April 8, 2014 Microsoft has ended all support to Windows XP. If you have XP, you need to consider upgrading in the near future. Your MLS access will one day be seriously affected. While we do not know the exact dates as to when your computer will not be able to run MLXchange or Fusion properly, chances are sooner than later with each new update Corelogic does. You should also consider that other products you are using might not be working to their full capacity.
MLS Single Sign On to Begin July 24
On July 24th, everyone will be directed to the new login screen, however, everyone will not be asked to enroll (change passwords). Enrollment will take place over a two week period or longer. In order to know what to expect, you can view the attached sample enrollment page and new portal (login) screen.
Link to enrollment page
Link to portal screen
REALTORS and Family Fun Days Weekend at Darien Lake
From Friday, August 22 through Sunday, August 24, 2014, BNAR members and their families can take advantage of discounted tickets to Darien Lake. For more information and for ticket information use this link.
BNAR/Genesee Valley Chapter Golf Event to Benefit Mercy Flight
Our annual golf event is being held on Monday, September 8 at the Livingston Country Club with proceeds going to Mercy Flight West and Mercy Flight Central. Sponsorships and auction items needed or send BNAR $50 along with your business card and a basket for the auction will be made in your name. For registration and sponsorship opportunities click on the Golf Outing ad on your right. Non-golfers welcomed.
Benefit of the Month:
West Herr Select – Save Time and Money with Personal Concierge Shopping Assistance West Herr added a Select Concierge Service to personally assist you through the shopping process on any make or model within the group, with no gimmicks and no sales pressure, making your shopping experience relaxed, enjoyable and hassle-free. They also offer Select Companies for Commercial Vehicle Sales. Contact Select Concierge at 716.202.3091.
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