Thursday, May 17, 2018 was officially declared Crisis Services Day in Buffalo by the city. The center provides crucial services to the community. Six months ago Crisis Services moved from Main Street in Buffalo to a new, larger space in Buffalo's riverside neighborhood on River Rock Drive. But an official ribbon cutting ceremony and open house was celebrated Thursday.
Crisis Services CEO Jessica Pirro noted they are also celebrated their 50th anniversary this year and continue to serve as a safety net for those in need.
“Our staff our answering calls with individuals who are having thoughts of suicide. We have physical response out in the community to work with people in their homes when they’re in mental health crisis. We’re responding to the hospitals when somebody is victims as a result of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, so there’s a lot of layers of service we are providing here 24-hours a day,” said Pirro.
New York State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo praised the crucial work conducted by Crisis Services for the community.
“The folks at Crisis Services are on the front lines every single day – saving lives, preventing violence in our community – immediately providing intervention services to those in need – often times at the most vulnerable moments in their entire lives and it is something that needs to be celebrated,” remarked Kennedy.
The new center has doubled the space for Crisis Services.