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We Help You Go From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.

Our Head Start/Early Head Start program provides infant/toddler and preschool services to children and families throughout Western New York. ⟶ Learn More

Our Emergency and Family Services Department provides short-term assistance to individuals and families during an emergency or crisis that threatens their ability to maintain basic needs – food, clothing, and shelter. ⟶ Learn More

In Employment and Training we strive to help families as well as individuals improve the quality of their lives through programs and services that support their emotional and financial well-being. ⟶ Learn More

Since 1971, the Drug Abuse Research and Treatment Program (DART) has treated individuals addicted to opiate drugs using a variety of rehabilitating services, and through linkages with other human services providers. ⟶ Learn More

Serving over 2,500 school-aged youth and families a year across the region, the Youth Services Department’s goal is to take a holistic approach to the growth and development of the youth of Erie and Niagara County with the goal of promoting self-sufficiency. ⟶ Learn More

The Center Services locations are committed to building vital and healthy communities through a variety of services such as: advocacy and outreach; capacity-building; translation services and other initiatives that can strengthen citizen participation and connect vital groups in the community. ⟶ Learn More

CAgrO is an education & engineering greenhouse and market garden in Buffalo. The center offers employment training and agriculture education to students. ⟶ Learn More

The Housing Development Program addresses the affordable housing crisis in the areas we serve by providing housing assistance to low-income families and individuals facing foreclosures or evictions. ⟶ Learn More

The Masten Resource Center features our Better Schools Better Neighborhoods (BSBN), Better Buffalo Fund and Streetscape Project, Pathstone Enterprise Center, Inc. and Block Club Development services as well as many other useful services. ⟶ Learn More

The CAO Sports P.L.U.S. Program creates a youth recreational and Youth sport culture that will render productive student athletes through “The Power of Sport and Recreation.” ⟶ Learn More

The core of our model for community change and improvement has always been neighborhood revitalization and a forward-thinking approach to development and its impact on the communities we serve. ⟶ Learn More

Our Media and Special Events division is responsible for linking the agency to communities throughout Western New York by conducting outreach through multiple channels. ⟶ Learn More

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Our impact is measurable, meaningful and sustainable.

CAO is committed to finding solutions that get to the root cause of poverty. We provide a customer-focused, multigenerational, integrated service delivery for the individuals and families we serve every day.

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