BUFFALO, NY -- Father Joe Bayne may just be the busiest guy in Buffalo. As the Executive Director or the Franciscan Center and the Erie County Fire Chaplain, he is always on the go. It does not matter if it is first thing in the morning, or the middle of the night. His work at the Franciscan Center is centered around caring for young men. Since 1980, they have bee helping runaway and homeless youth from Western New York. Young men from all walks of life learn things like how to do laundry, open a bank account and more. They live in the center which offers all the comforts of home. Father Joe and the staff help the young men get their GED or find a job. Like most charities and non-profits, funding from the county and state has dwindled over the years and Father Bayne hopes our lawmakers can help change that. They work on various fundraisers to help get the money they need.
On top of helping youth from our community, Father Bayne is also the fire chaplain for Erie County. He has been at the scene of horrible tragedies, including the crash of flight 3407. Father Bayne says he lost his father, a firefighter, in a high rise fire in Baltimore years ago. He says that has brought him a lot of emotion and pride in his life.
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