BUFFALO, NY - Habitat for Humanity Buffalo is building a home in honor of the Roman Catholic Pope Francis. An anonymous donor came forward with a $60,000 donation toward the new-build, which will be part of a new four-house cluster on Busti Avenue on Buffalo's West Side.
The donation was a pleasant surprise for Habitat Buffalo. "I was blown away and very excited that this anonymous donor challenged us to reach out to the local Catholic community to raise another $40,000 to make up for the full house sponsorship," said Kate Whitlock, the executive director of Habitat for Humanity Buffalo .
On Saturday there will be a blessing over the project at 457 Busti Avenue. The so-called Habitat "Pope Francis Build" is the first for Buffalo but it's actually part of a trend happening nationwide that's being called "The Pope Francis Effect."