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A community’s journey toward healing

The Buffalo United Resiliency Center serves individuals and their families impacted by the horrific mass tragedy on May 14, 2022.

How we can help

Who we are

On May 14, 2022, tragedy struck Buffalo, New York, when a person filled with hate and racism targeted a local Tops Market, killing ten individuals, injuring many, and traumatizing a community. Out of this senseless act, the Buffalo United Resiliency Center was created to offer a place of healing and support to individuals and their families impacted by this horrific mass shooting. We understand how trauma affects all individuals, families, and communities differently, so we provide person-centered, trauma-informed care and a holistic approach tailored to each person’s experience.

Who we serve

We are here to serve those who seek comfort and community in the wake of tragedy.

  • Those who lost family members on May 14, were present and injured that day, were present and not injured, first responders, and those who are employed by the Jefferson Avenue Tops or live in the one block radius of the incident.
  • All who feel the effects of such a violating event on their community and neighbors and are experiencing their own grief.
  • Other victims of trauma in our community to ensure that they can find a safe place to process their experience and find support.

What we offer


Closed support groups and individual counseling for those directly impacted by May 14, 2022.


Supportive gatherings and outings.


Workshops such as nutrition, financial literacy, and more.


Wellness programs such as step classes, trauma-informed yoga, line dancing, aquatic programs, and more.

Victim compensation

The Office of Victim Services assists eligible victims and their families in recovering from the physical, emotional, and financial impacts of violent crime.

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About the Buffalo United Resiliency Center

The Buffalo United Resiliency Center (BURC) was created to offer a long-term, healing-centered environment where individuals can comfortably connect with others while accessing appropriate services to aid in the healing process after the May 14 tragedy.

The Buffalo Urban League (BUL) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that has brought positive change and opportunities for a better future to hundreds of thousands of lives in the Buffalo-Niagara region. Our services build strong and stable families by empowering individuals to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights. Our programs serve individuals from birth through senior years by providing family support and stabilization services, foster care, adoption, education, job training, employment, scholarships, health awareness, crisis counseling, financial management, business development, technical assistance, and housing counseling to individuals in our community.


If you have any questions regarding the Buffalo United Resiliency Center and how we can help you, please contact us today.


1140 Jefferson Ave
Buffalo, NY 14208

Monday–Friday 9am-5pm
Please call for evening and weekend schedule.

Get in touch

Melissa Spikes- Archer
Chief Operating Officer
Buffalo Urban League

For Media Inquiries
Kimisha Houston
Director of Communications & Special Projects