Announcement Details

The faculty and staff of the UBSSW have adopted Vive, Inc. for the holiday season.

VIVE INC is the largest refugee shelter in the United States. Since Vive’s founding
in 1984, VIVE has served more than 68,000 asylum seekers from 106 countries.
VIVE is the only organization in the country with the primary focus of serving
refugees as they begin the process of seeking asylum.

Last year VIVE served more than 3,800 refugees, 60% of whom were women and children.
VIVE operates La Casa shelter with 112 beds, a kitchen, a legal clinic, and a free “store”
to distribute donated clothing. In 2008 VIVE provided more than 44,000 bed nights of shelter,
120,000 meals and legal services to the more than 3,800 clients. In 2008 VIVE served more clients
than all other homeless shelters in Erie County combined.

Please email Diane Elze at for the detailed list which tells you the self-identified gender of the individual and, for some, their ages. Monetary donations (checks can be made out to “Vive, Inc.”),
gift cards and items from the attached list are greatly appreciated.

Donations and items can be dropped off to Sue Green or Diane Elze, who will pass everything on to our student, Nurit Fischer,
who is doing her field placement at Vive La Casa and coordinating this effort.

All donations would be appreciated by December 12 to give Vive a chance to wrap the gifts.

Contact Person: Diane Elze
Contact Phone: 716-645-1228
Contact Email: