“Back to Basics Outreach Ministries Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing services that improve the quality of life for residents in the City of Buffalo and surrounding communities. Since 1994, its services address problems associated with substance abuse, gang violence, unemployment, prisoner re-entry, homelessness and youth development. Its mission is to serve our most vulnerable citizens with programs that improve their overall safety and quality of life.”




The Prisoner Reentry Community Mentoring Program is a pilot program developed by Back To Basics and adopted by Erie County as a model for successful reentry mentoring. "


"Back To Basics employs 25 mentors currently that are matched with 56 mentees."


Buffalo SNUG deploys Violence Interrupters and Outreach Workers into targeted neighborhoods within the 14215 and 14211 to defuse conflicts before they turn deadly and to stem retaliatory shootings.


The Peacemakers mentor and redirect youth into healthy lifestyles. We work to build relationships, gather information, and mediate conflicts to prevent violence. We respond to violent assaults and shootings while working in concert with law enforcement officials to build safe neighborhoods in the City of Buffalo.


Court Advocacy program is designed to represent individuals who are court mandated to participate in one or more of Back To Basic’s programs.


Group/individual counseling is conducted with family members who are experiencing problems because one or more members abuse drugs and/or alcohol.


Back To Basic along with The Stop the Violence Coalition has helped to rid the City of much of its violent assaults as a result of initiatives like our Youth Strengthening Program, which has helped young men and women with violent tendencies develop skills and strategies to avoid conflict and make positive decisions despite their circumstances.


About us


Back To Basics:

Since 1996, Back to Basics Outreach Ministries Inc. has been a Prisoner Re-entry and Restorative Justice program that effectively instills the core values of prevention, intervention and redemption for many of Buffalo's most vulnerable residents. Over 20 years ago, while incarcerated, James E. Giles had an epiphany that was a pivotal point in his life. He shared his vision with others and his determination resulted in a small community-based program. The newly formed program helped ex-convicts just out of prison with their transition to become responsible, productive members of the community. Pastor Giles vision has far exceeded those early goals. This once modest Buffalo program has grown to be one of the leading agencies in the field of violence reduction, re-entry, transitional housing and youth development. Community leaders have witnessed the reduction of violence due to increased resources to serve and protect the poorest and most vulnerable members of our community.


Back to Basics has evolved into a centralized hub that services a growing number of at-risk individuals (and their family members) in a variety of evidence-based programs. Rooted in best practices and demonstrated effectiveness, Back to Basics houses many programs and services.

For more than twenty years, we have:

  • Promoted peace in troubled neighborhoods across the city of Buffalo
  • Redirected and mentored at-risk young people
  • Coordinated housing and job training programs
  • Supported a healthy transition for men and women as they leave prison and become productive members of society
  • Offered substance abuse counseling and anger management training

    Current programs include:

  • Buffalo Peacemakers
  • Buffalo SNUG
  • Food Pantry
  • Housing Program
  • Re-entry Program including Court Advocacy
  • Restorative Justice
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Youth Discovery Program

    During a time of budget cuts and limited resources, it relies heavily on a faithful and dedicated group of volunteers and donors. Sustaining current quality programs and reaching out to help with increasing needs requires every expanding support. Back to Basics needs your help!