For Week 12 of the 2020 Season, the Buffalo Bills presented their Inspire Change Organization of the Game award to the King Urban Life Center.
We are pleased to welcome Fashion Lab NY as part of our continued programming at KULC. Founded in 2016 by Arlene Kaye, Fashion Lab NY has recently relocated to a dedicated space within KULC. Fashion Lab NY is devoted to fostering a love of design and sewing. Whether you're a beginner or advanced in sewing, young or mature, we're sure you'll find a class that will appeal!
Our Board Chairman Emeritus, Robert Kresse, passed away peacefully on November 30th, 2020. Guided by his faith and love of preservation, Robert led the effort to rescue his childhood parish of St. Mary of Sorrows from demolition in the 1980’s. He became the driving force to restore the building and bring purpose back to what would become known as the King Urban Life Center (KULC) and Buffalo's first public charter school. Bob saw the center as a beacon of hope for the children within the neighborhood and today that vision holds true. We are indebted to Bob—an agent of change and hope, and whose devotion to the King Urban Life Center shows us all what is possible when you have the courage to dream!
We send condolences to the entire Kresse family, especially his beloved wife Mary Ann Kresse, who has been by Bob’s side for 56 years, and has also generously devoted time and her expertise to the mission of KULC.
Read more more about Robert's contributions to the King Urban Life Center and our great city of Buffalo!
Last May, we were saddened by the passing of our Board President, Paul Becker Sr. Paul, originally a parishioner of St. Mary of Sorrows parish, was instrumental in the preservation of the church, and thereafter, its transition to King Urban Life Center. Paul's leadership and guidance over the past 30+ years was unparalleled and tireless. His impact will be felt for generations to come!
As we remember Paul, we thought we'd share a few of the numerous tributes and memories from our King Center volunteers and community... their words give testimonial to the generous spirit and lasting legacy Paul has left on the King Urban Life Center and Western New York.