Dear Friends,

Please allow us to introduce The Franciscan Center Program to you. It is our Mission to assist young men in learning how to live a productive life. We have over 30 years of quality service to runaway homeless youth and youth in conflict. We are here to offer help to youth and young adult males. There are no fees for any of our services. We are certified by NYS Office of Children & Family Services, Classified as not-for profit 501c3 and monitored by Erie County Youth Bureau. We are available to male youth no matter their race, creed, color, or socio-economic background. We address the youth’s needs in “body, mind, and spirit.” This is a Voluntary, non violent Program, which provides free food, housing and Staff supervision 24 hours a day.

Our Transitional Independent Living Program can accommodate eight young men. Time frame can be up to 18 months or less. We provide a home-like setting; Case Management, in-house adult mentoring, extensive Independent Living Skills and Life Steps lessons. Our approach is to teach young man the basic “tools” needed to have one’s life move forward in a productive and mature manner. These lessons will put him on the path to successfully achieve one’s independence. Each young man works jointly with TFC Case Manager to develop an Individual Service Plan with short and long-term goals.

FOR YOUTH AGES 16 AND 17, PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST CALL AND SCHEDULE AN INTAKE ASSESSMENT MEETING. Both parent/Guardian and young man need to attend the Intake Assessment meeting. Both Parent/Guardian and youth must agree to a Voluntary stay in The Franciscan Center Program. Appropriate Identification is needed: NYS Photo ID, Birth Certificate, and Social Security Card. Call weekdays 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. to set up an appointment. Young adult males 18 and up SIMPLY NEED TO CALL THEMSELF TO SET UP AN INTAKE ASSESSMENT MEETING. Some form of identification is required.

We are obligated to assure the safety for both Residents and Staff in our home like setting therefore, the Intake Assessment process helps us to determine appropriate Intakes. Our OCFS Certification has identified areas that we cannot serve as they require an intense level of care beyond our service.

If you need further information or have questions, please call Maureen Armstrong Monday – Friday 9am-3pm. We are a family-friendly agency and here to serve our Community.


Maureen Armstrong,
Assistant Director/Case Manager

Fr. Joe Bayne, OFM Conv.,
Executive Director

Administrative Staff

For Administrative Office
Contact Fr. Joe Bayne,OFM Cov. TFC Ex. Director
and Chris Giordano Administrative Asst.
Monday-Friday 8am-4pm

Board of Directors

  • Mark E. Saltarelli, Esq, Chair
  • Richard Robinson Sr., Vice Chair
  • Patricia A. Laszewski, R.N., Secretary
  • Jean M. Nihill, Finance Chair
  • Brother Brian Newbigging, OFM Conv.
  • Patricia E. Connolly
  • Steven M. Sommers
  • Nelson H. Cosgrove
  • Brian Seifert
  • M. Catherine (Cathy) Paladino
  • Michael Couche
  • Mark Kasperczyk
  • Timothy Schaefer

The Franciscan Center Mission Statement

The Franciscan Center, founded and continuing in the Catholic and Franciscan traditions, provides transitional care for young men in need. Our home-like atmosphere fosters a holistic approach toward personal growth and development. On-going transformation through goal-setting leads to a re-integration into family life and/or independent living.

The Franciscan Center Philosophy

The Franciscan Center, Inc. is a runaway homeless youth shelter founded and incorporated in 1980. It is sponsored and administered by the Conventual Franciscan Friars Our Lady of the Angels Province. Franciscan Friars were the original staff and are now assisted by dedicated men and women from many diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our Franciscan Philosophy of ministry is Information, Formation, and Transformation. This is reflected in our “tough love” approach, assisting young men in Body, Mind, and Spirit. Each youth is cared for with dignity, no matter his race, creed or color.



The Transitional Independent Living Program (eight beds) is a long-term program for youth and young adult males for up to 18 months. Our program is voluntary, provide free shelter, food, clothing, and case management. The Transitional Program is certified by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services under the Runaway Homeless Youth Act. The only eligibility is a willingness to work on one’s life, respect the dignity and rights of others, and to follow the guidelines of the program. Youth come to us from Erie County, WNY and beyond.


Each resident  works along with  The Franciscan Center Case Manager to develop an Individual Service Plan, with short and long-term goals. Body, Mind, and Spirit are integral. Most youth continue in school, obtain employment or both. Independent Living Skills Instruction is a hallmark of our program and includes: money management, food management, personal appearance, health, job seeking, job maintenance, legal skills, emergency & safety skills, community resources, housekeeping, housing, interpersonal skills, educational planning, and transportation. Life Steps are also taught as part of the program  as they address emotional maturity again integrating Body, Mind, and Spirit. Each youth works closely with the staff on his case management. Appropriate referrals to support agencies are made as needed to assist youth.


The goal of our program is to afford each youth the opportunity to mature in body, mind, and spirit. We strive to assist the youth to develop healthy self-esteem, respect and appreciation for the community, and the ability to live independently and to lead a productive life.

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