Work Starts on Build Promise Project

Build Promise, the initiative proposed by St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy co-founder Amy Betros in 2019, is now under construction at 1297 Sycamore Street on the East Side. The project has been in the works for five years.

“We have been serving the needs of our Buffalo community for thirty years but felt the void in taking care of homeless men, so this is the answer to that dilemma,” stated Betros, who formed the steering committee to fundraise and plan Build Promise with Kathleen Mattar. Mattar and her husband, William, gave the initial donation that jump-started the project.  “We enlisted a terrific group of community stakeholders that reached out to their families and friends, and we are thrilled to begin the building phase,” explained Ms. Mattar.  

The 24,000 sq.ft. building will include:

96 Semi-private shelter beds for homeless men

80 Code Blue beds


Laundry facilities

Medical care offices

Mental Health care offices

Dental care offices

Maternal Health offices

Nutritional support services

Haircutting services

There will be collaboration with key established community providers within the Build Promise facility which include Jericho Road, BestSelf Behavioral Services, OLV Human Services, Evergreen Health, Feedmore WNY, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Mental Health Advocates of WNY, The Restoration Society, and Neighborhood Legal Services.

Resources on-site will include:

Job training

Job placement

Email access

Family literacy

Financial literacy

Legal assistance

Housing placement


Major donors include:

Jane Greene & Family in memory of William H. Greene

John & Sarah Gibson

M&T Bank

Foundation 214, Inc.

The Russell J. Salvatore Foundation

The Frank L. Ciminelli Family Foundation

The Swede Anderson Foundation

William & Kathleen Mattar

Baille Lumber

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

Lawrence & Elaine Mattar

The John R. Oishei Foundation

Mark Sieczkarek 

First Niagara Foundation

Adele Kraus

Anthony Nanula & Family

Significant in-kind donations were also received from:

Lehigh Construction Group

Scheid Architectural

Phillips Lytle, LLP

Law Offices of William Mattar

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