Hope Refugee Drop-In Center

Our focus at Hope is strongly rooted in providing tools for self-empowerment as refugees choose to call Buffalo home. The Drop-In Center provides non-traditional case management. Utilizing a participatory development model, clients identify their own needs and Hope helps provide a path to meet those needs. Sometimes this means filling out forms or showing them how to do it on their own. We handle anything from interpreting a WIC check, paying bills, filling out a job application, traveling to medical appointments, or requesting translation services.  Hope’s staff members are culturally diverse caseworkers and translators who help connect to available resources within the community.

Hope has become an active voice in the community by strengthening relationships among those that are equally dedicated to assisting a similar population. Some of our partnerships include: referrals to job clubs; community health worker training; participation in domestic violence awareness; good tenant trainings; partnerships with ethical landlords; and providing access to resources for parents of school-aged children. 

The following community partners will be at Hope on the following days and times, assisting with the following:



International Institute of Buffalo's Employment Division

(Walk-ins accepted)

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

  • For any refugee or former refugee who needs assistance with employment
  • Services range from finding employment and resume help to job searches


Neighborhood Legal Services

(Walk-ins accepted)

1-4 p.m.

  • For anyone who has questions or issues with public benefits, SSI/SSD denials, housing,domestic violence, or family law (i.e. child support)
  • Neighborhood Legal Services serves low-income individuals. To become a client, you must meet income guidelines; however, everyone is welcome to attend walk-in hours.




Immigration Consultations

(By appointment only)

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • For anyone who would like advice regarding U.S. citizenship, green cards (adjustment of status), U.S. asylum, travel documents and re-entry permits, and U.S. work authorization
  • Our program serves low-income individuals; however, anyone can schedule a consultation.
  • For questions regarding the legal program, please contact Quinita McKinney at 716-881-0539 ext. 221.


Center for Elder Law and Justice

(Walk-ins accepted)

1-4 p.m.

  • For seniors seeking information or help with guardianship, advance directives, elder abuse, consumer protection, housing, foreclosure prevention, and long-term care