(716) 828-9610

780 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218

Our Story

Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity and Baker Victory Services are dedicated to continuing Father Baker's legacy of caring by fostering the highest possible quality of life and personal achievement for children, adults and families in need. Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity provides financial support for Baker Victory Services' diverse array of social, health and human services to individuals throughout Western New York.

In 1882, Father Baker became the first administrator of the Institutions and grew his "City of Charity" to address the ever changing social concerns of the time. OLV Infant Home served as a safe haven for unwed mothers from across the country, as well as for thousands of abandoned babies who were cared for and placed for adoption. OLV Hospital, which started as a maternity hospital, evolved to serve the comprehensive medical needs of the general community. The Working Boys Home taught countless young men valuable trades and laid the foundation for their independence and success as adults. And, of course, Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica was built as a magnificent symbol of his devotion to and thanksgiving for the intercession of the Blessed Mother. Father Baker oversaw the Institutions for more than 60 years. Upon his death in 1936, it was estimated that he cared for more than 100,000 "Baker Boys," 600 unwed mothers and placed more than 6,000 infants into loving homes.

Over 160 years later, Father Baker's continues its social services under Baker Victory Services (BVS), which cares for more than 4,000 children, teens, the developmentally disabled and families on an annual basis. Programs and services include mental and behavioral health; developmental disabilities; early childhood special education programs; school age education for K - 12; foster care; vocational and employment training.
In addition, Father Baker's offers a specialized Dental Center providing care for the developmentally disabled and low income patients within the community. The mobile dental program offers preventive and restorative dental care to inner-city children who often lack access to this critical health need. All told, our dental program provides nearly 20,000 procedures for more than 7,000 patients annually.

 

Program Facts

Baker Victory Services

• Mental and Behavioral Health services provided to 450 children, young adults and mothers.
• A new Residential Memory Care Home offers the aging Developmentally Disabled population with dementia and Alzheimer's care.
• 1,200 children, ages 2 - 5 receive early childhood special education programs including early intervention therapies.
• 392 students, grades K-12 are referred to us by local school districts to attend our three schools servicing students with intellectual, emotional, or developmental disabilities.
• Vocational and Employment Services offer career exploration and job readiness for more than 250 teens and young adults.
• Preventive Care provides counseling to at-risk families so that they may continue to live as a family.

 

OLV HOMES OF CHARITY

Built upon a history of dedication to Father Baker's legacy of caring, the Homes of Charity acts as the fundraising arm of the OLV organizations, utilizing a donor base of nearly 60,000 individuals to raise funds to support Baker Victory Services, the Basilica, OLV Parish and Father Baker's ongoing Cause for Canonization. Fundraising efforts take a variety of forms:

• Direct Mail - Nearly 2.5 million pieces of mail are sent out throughout the U.S. and Canada each year.• Grants & Major Gifts - Grant funding from foundations and large gifts from corporate partners and individual donors.
• Planned Giving - Benefactors support the Homes through donations of stock and property, bequests,charitable trusts and gift annuities.
• Special Events - Agency events act as both fundraisers and "friend"- raisers, drawing nearly 900 attendees on an annual basis.

In addition to fundraising support, the Homes provides BVS and the Parish with critical business services such as maintenance, HVAC and information technology.  This streamlined approach provides operational efficiencies and cost savings that amounted to more than $2.9 million in 2015 alone!