Imprint Buffalo 2012: Find Your Fit

Imprint Buffalo 2012: Find Your Fit

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IMPRINT Buffalo

This is Imprint Buffalo Online!
Here are some pictures from the event. Below you’ll find more of what we had shared on the night of our event. We hope that you will pause to see, listen, and share this with others.

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The Jericho Road Imprint Video (Youtube)

Fast Facts: Refugees Video (Youtube)


Listen to Our Community

“My name is…”

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“My first impressions…”
“My hopes are…”

Produced by Chaela Herridge-Meyer


Pause to Listen to Han Moe

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Pause to Listen to Durga Subedi

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Pause to Listen to Takesha Leonard

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IMPRINT Buffalo Online

Here is the speech delivered by our Executive Director, Stephanie Lipnicki, the night of Imprint Buffalo.  Stay tuned for the upcoming launch of Imprint Buffalo Online!  We’ll be sharing the Soundscapes, Stories, Photos, and Video from our event so that you have the opportunity to See, Hear, and Touch through our multimedia exhibits, whether for the first time or as a refresher without the room noise 🙂

Welcome, and thank you for coming tonight to share with us in Buffalo’s changing story.  As you can see, we have incredible neighbors.

THAT is what I love about Buffalo – the people.  It is continually striking to me how Buffalo has so many community activists, committed to investing in our city, long-term, for change.

Jericho Road is a part of these broader community revitalization efforts, making an Imprint on our city.   We have the unique opportunity of working primarily with Buffalo’s main incoming population, refugees from around the world.

As we participate with the community and strive toward self-sufficiency together, we have the privilege of partnering with members of these ethnic communities to serve with us

as teachers, home visitors, case managers, and doulas.

One of these Liaisons, PG, articulated our heart so beautifully in his recent interview.  He said, “To love is to share – that is why I want to be a part of Jericho Road and help my community.”

At Jericho Road, we have the privilege of navigating the uncertainties of pregnancy with Suzarina to welcome a healthy baby into the world,

of helping Omar to get the medical care that he needs,

of assisting Plue Reh in the process of buying a home for his family,

of supporting John Claude in his family’s entrepreneurial venture at the West Side Bazaar,

of celebrating with Snow Bell in the joy of marriage,

of teaching Soe Reh how to make clothes for his children,

of instilling confidence in La Meh to be able to use English to ask her landlord about fixing a housing problem,

of equipping moms like Muslima with books, toys, and encouragement to share with her children,

of teaching Fatuma how to finally understand our currency and use the bank,

of celebrating with two Sewing Project students who now have jobs using their new skills,

of supporting Kheriyah to proudly achieve US citizenship,

of welcoming two of our recent Priscilla Project mentees to return as mentors for other women.

These Imprint stories at Jericho Road are endless.

One that particularly stands out to me is of a Burmese father.  He came to Buffalo as a widow, and a single parent, and I have seen him thrive as he eagerly participates in the opportunities of our programs.   He has benefitted from the support of the Drop-In Center in learning to navigate daily life challenges, he has opened a bank account and learned about budgeting through Financially Fit, he has strengthened his role as a father and a teacher to his children through our Parent-Child Home Program, he has learned to sew and is making clothing for his family, and now he has a fiancé, who is building confidence in basic conversational English through one of our ESL groups.  Together they are now preparing to buy a house through our City Roots initiative.   I recently learned that he is the president of the Karenni community in Buffalo – this was not a surprise.   Our services, along with his initiative, determination, and communal support, have raised him up as a leader within his community, a vital support to his family, and an asset to our city.

It is incredible to see the reverberating effects of those we serve.  It is inspiring to see leaders emerge within their ethnic communities, neighbor helping neighbor, parents investing into their children, creative collaborations developing, diverse skills emerging, incredible odds overcome.

As these neighbors are making an Imprint, we learn with them.  Recently my Burmese “sister”, Mumu, shared with me about the fear and hatred present between ethnic groups in Burma, where so many of our clients are from.  I asked her how the discord affects these groups in Buffalo, as so many different Burmese ethnicities are represented in our city.  Her answer to me was profound.  She said that now these ethnic groups are able to see that it is not ethnicity that is bad, but the oppression of their government.  They recognize that they are all the same – that they are all people, with hopes and feelings.

At Jericho Road, key to who we are is our faith.  In all that we do, we seek to demonstrate Jesus’ unconditional love for the whole person.  We believe that our partnership with the community is an expression of Jesus’ love and joins the ongoing restorative work of God on earth.

And we are not alone in these Kingdom efforts.

We are honored to have with us tonight our founder, Jericho Road Family Practice, as our organizational journeys continue to intertwine. To have Westside Ministries, who makes space at the Loretto Ministry Center available to us and shares with us in utilizing volunteers like you.Houghton College, as so many Houghton graduates have had a part in the Jericho Road story, and now so many continue to engage with us through our Wesley ServiceCorps partnership.We are also honored to have so much representation from The Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, a congregation that has provided us with vital funding support during opportunities for growth, and has such a valuable role in connecting us with committed staff and volunteers.And there are so many more.  Like each of you here tonight, each playing a part, each of us with the potential to continue having an impact.

In a city wrought with poverty, we can easily be overwhelmed by the need.   I want to share with you a story I read this year that has helped me to put this in perspective.  It’s about a man, and a million starfish:

Early one morning, after a fierce storm, he strolls down a beach and despairs at all the starfish he sees that had been washed up by the storm, stranded on the shore, left to die.  He stops, overwhelmed with sadness at the resignation that there was nothing he could do.

But then he hears a sound, and looks up to see another man, in the distance – bending down, then standing up, bending down, and standing up.  Curious, he walks toward the stranger and sees that the man is picking up starfish, one by one, and throwing them back into the sea.

“What are you doing?,” he yells to the man.  “Saving the starfish,” was the response.  “But don’t you see?  There are tens of thousands of them; nothing you can do will make a difference.”

The stranger did not answer him.  Instead he bent down, picked up another starfish, and cast it back into the water.  Then he looked the man in the eye, smiled, and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

This story reminds me to recognize each individual, behind the need.  We may not be able to turn the tide overnight to resolve the worldwide conflicts and brokenness, but we do have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to be a part of overcoming brokenness wherever we are.  And it starts with you, the individual, being willing to open yourself up and touch another.  It may seem small, but to that person, it isn’t.

In the words of Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision, “Don’t fail to do something just because you can’t do everything.”  I encourage us each to take part in the opportunities around us, to steward the time, resources, and talents that we have been graced with, and to invest them where they matter most.

As we’ve seen tonight, that cumulative effort results in transformation.  We at Jericho Road know, that transformation is mutual – as we seek to be a part of transforming our city, we ourselves are transformed.  Tonight, don’t leave without asking yourself, “What will my Imprint be?”  Join us as we explore what it means to walk humbly, to love mercy, and to do justicetogether.