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Johanna - Share Your Story

I came to Buffalo originally in 2000 to go to college. I left in 2007 to go to graduate school in NYC, swearing never to return.

I came back in 2016 and can't imagine living anywhere else.

I later learned that my great grandmother, who came from Poland, lived here for a few years after coming to the United States and had her ashes spread over Niagara Falls.

I grew up the daughter of a US diplomat, lived in 6 different countries and have visited over 30. I tell people I could live anywhere in the world, but Buffalo is where I chose to live.

Buffalo, NY

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Making Buffalo Home is a two-year, in-depth Buffalo Toronto Public Media engagement initiative to inform and raise awareness of immigration for our entire community. The project aims to help the region develop a better understanding of the shared opportunities and challenges we face together as long-time residents and new immigrants and refugees.

Making Buffalo Home is funded by Rich Products Corporation and Rich Family Foundation.