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CAO Stories

Inspirational. Visionary. Community Driven. - All words that describe Michael Barnes, founder and CEO of Yard Sale Produce in Lackawanna, NY. Founded in 2009, Yard Sale Produce is a non-profit organization that aims to make affordable, fresh produce available to low-income communities with their farmers market.  “My vision is to increase community involvement and promote nutrition...

Rachel Tarwo, Owner of Rachel & Daughters African Variety Store When Rachel Tarwo welcomes the Buffalo community into her store, you can expect a sparkly-eyed smile, even behind her mask as she offers a variety of African ethnic food, clothing, and other cultural items. Being an entrepreneur originally from Liberia, a country on the West African coast,...

Lateefa Albanna is an Alumni from CAO's Head Start and now is a Case Manager with the Employment and Training department. Lateefa’s passion for serving others stems from her childhood. She watched her parents tirelessly help family members and community; they instilled the importance of giving back and helping others to Lateefa and her siblings....

Sarah Frasier is a beautiful soul and CAO client. She was born and raised in Buffalo, NY where she has resided for 39 years. Her parents thought of her as a miracle when she was born; her mother had suffered a miscarriage only to discover she had been pregnant with twins - and Sarah was...