Reaching the lost to impact a community.
The mission of Saving Grace Ministries, Inc. is to provide a smooth transition to community life for men and women recently released from a correctional facility by providing a highly-structured program based on Christian principles. Since its founding in 1999, SGM has sought to reach the lost, to serve those who no one else will serve, and to impact Western New York by providing a tangible alternative to the cycle of release and reincarceration too common in today's justice system.
Saving Grace Ministries, Inc. is a Buffalo-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to serving men and women under supervision by the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (formerly NYS Parole). Over the past ten years, SGM has developed relationships with partner organizations in Rochester and Elmira, New York, as well as Tampa, Florida, each of which operates a partner "Grace House" program in their respective cities.
SGM was founded on the premise that faith-based organizations are able to accomplish goals that many times government cannot. Through strategic partnerships, linkage agreements with area providers, and the support of the community of faith, SGM has reached thousands of men and women returning to Erie County since opening the first "Grace House" program facility in 2001.
Board of Directors
Rev. Terry King
Rev. Terry King is the founder and Chairman of the Board for Saving Grace Ministries, Inc. Rev. King founded SGM, Inc. in 1999 after he became painfully aware of the lack of coordinated services available for men who are released from prison. As CEO, Rev. King oversees the operation of the “Grace House” Transitional Residence Program, a transitional housing program for unaccompanied homeless adult males who are under supervision by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Mrs. Sheryl King
Mrs. Sheryl King is the President and Secretary of the Board of Directors, and is also a founding member of the Board. Sheryl is a Social Worker at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, where she coordinates discharge planning with patients in need of residential health care. Sheryl provides ongoing assistance in applying best practices to case management and program service provision.
Dr. Rev. Ron Burgio
Dr. Rev. Ron Burgio is the Senior Pastor at Love Joy Church in Lancaster, New York. Rev. Burgio is also the past President of Elim Fellowship, an association of nine hundred pastors, ministers, missionaries, and one hundred affiliated churches. An alumnus of Elim Bible Institute and a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York, he is ordained through Elim Fellowship and has a Doctorate of Ministry from the School of Bible Theology in San Jacinto, California.
Rev. Don Snyder
Rev. Don Snyder retired from service as Chaplain at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York, where he provided spiritual guidance and teaching to inmates. He is the director for State Prison Ministries for the New York District Assemblies of God and has served on the Saving Grace Ministries, Inc. Board of Directors since 2003.
Lynette Galloway retired from the Buffalo Psychiatric Center where she served as a Residential Program Manager. Since joining the SGM, Inc. Board of Directors in 2007, she has provided valuable insight into the intake and discharge planning procedures for residential mental health programs, assisting SGM, Inc. in providing coordinated services and oversight to clients with mental health diagnoses.
Casimiro D. Rodriguez, Sr.
Casimiro D. Rodriguez, Sr. is the President and Founder of the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY Inc. In addition, Mr. Rodriguez founded the Genesis Community Development Corporation, a faith-based community organization determined to reach Buffalo’s Hispanic Community to improve the spiritual, social and economic well-being of all residents in the City of Buffalo.
Mr. Rodriguez is driven by his dedication to today’s community and tomorrow’s leaders. He is a catalyst for revival and progress, as well as for what can be accomplished by bringing people of different faiths or races together for a common good. He has served on a number of boards and has been involved in community based organizations throughout the city.