Tonawanda News — "In some places, you can look up and you can see that it has deteriorated and rotted away. There is nothing there, " Lureman said. "There have been times we have had buckets in there, times that the paperwork has gotten wet and has had to be thrown out. Food can't be near the affected area, and we know where the problems are, but it has had a major effect."
TCCO, which is run entirely by volunteers, also pays the building's bills, which have amounted to $1,100 for electricity and $1,380 for heat in recent months. The outreach group's entire purpose is to provide housing for the three organizations, which outgrew the churches they were initially founded in.
"We really just need the community's help," Lureman said. "We are looking for those people who know someone who have benefited from the services of the organizations in the building."
Bonnie Schaffer, the coordinator of the food pantry, said they value the assistance they receive from TCCO. The pantry provides food for 200 families every month.
"The potential for damage and what it would cost for us to replace our food and equipment is what we are trying to avoid happening. We do have quite a few leaks," she said. "The community really comes through for us, and that is why we are putting this plea out."
Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.