Our History

Image of a mural at Vive, Inc.

A mural at Vive, Inc.

Vive, Inc. was begun in 1984 as a response to the many refugees coming from Central and South America seeking freedom. Members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, NY, were the founding “mothers” who saw the need to assist refugees in the area.

These 14 Women Religious communities took refugees into their convents until 1984, when one of the convents, in Lackawanna, NY, was converted into “Vive La Casa” – “House of Life.” It was because of the great influx of refugees from Spanish-speaking countries that the “La Casa” name was attached to this “home-away-from-home.”

Today, Vive, Inc. is found on the east side of Buffalo, NY, in a renovated school building. With 118 beds for men, women, and children, Vive, Inc. offers food, clothing, shelter, and legal assistance to refugees from around the world.

Vive, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit humanitarian organization that assists refugees seeking protection in Canada and the United States. Rooted in an interfaith tradition, Vive welcomes refugees from diverse backgrounds.