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'I wait': Daily scene at shelter for asylum-seekers preserved; sale secures future

  • A Jan. 15, 2015 photo shows the exterior of Vive La Casa in Buffalo, N.Y. The shelter, which helps refugees seek asylum in Canada and the United States, announced it is being purchased by fellow Buffalo nonprofit Jericho Road Community Health Center, which will continue the shelter's mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

    A Jan. 15, 2015 photo shows the exterior of Vive La Casa in Buffalo, N.Y. The shelter, which helps refugees seek asylum in Canada and the United States, announced it is being purchased by fellow Buffalo nonprofit Jericho Road Community Health Center, which will continue the shelter's mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)  (The Associated Press)

  • In a Jan. 15, 2015 photo, legal assistant Jake Steinmetz posts information on the bulletin board of Vive La Casa in Buffalo, N.Y. The shelter, which helps refugees seek asylum in Canada and the United States, announced it  is being purchased by fellow Buffalo nonprofit Jericho Road Community Health Center, which will continue the shelter's mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

    In a Jan. 15, 2015 photo, legal assistant Jake Steinmetz posts information on the bulletin board of Vive La Casa in Buffalo, N.Y. The shelter, which helps refugees seek asylum in Canada and the United States, announced it is being purchased by fellow Buffalo nonprofit Jericho Road Community Health Center, which will continue the shelter's mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)  (The Associated Press)

  • In a Jan. 15, 2015 photo, asylum-seekers staying at the Vive La Casa shelter in Buffalo, N.Y., check to see whether they have been scheduled for an interview with Canadian immigration officials the following day. The shelter, which has helped refugees seek asylum in Canada and the United States for 30 years, is being purchased by another Buffalo nonprofit, Jericho Road Community Health Center, which will continue its work. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

    In a Jan. 15, 2015 photo, asylum-seekers staying at the Vive La Casa shelter in Buffalo, N.Y., check to see whether they have been scheduled for an interview with Canadian immigration officials the following day. The shelter, which has helped refugees seek asylum in Canada and the United States for 30 years, is being purchased by another Buffalo nonprofit, Jericho Road Community Health Center, which will continue its work. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)  (The Associated Press)

The future is looking more secure for a New York shelter that for 30 years has helped refugees seek asylum.

A community health center which has provided medical care to the shelter's men, women and children says it will buy Buffalo's Vive La Casa and take over its services.

A $60,000 grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation is making the deal possible.

For Jericho Road Community Health Center, it's an expansion of services to Buffalo's ever-growing immigrant and low-income base.

For Vive, it means a continuation of its mission to help clients fleeing war, persecution and other hardships seek asylum in Canada and the United States. Vive has struggled financially since seeing its county and federal funding cut in the 1990s.