Buffalo, N.Y. - Mike Taheri is one of the top criminal defense attorneys in town.
But over the past few years, Taheri has been spending less and less time on his law practice, and more and more time working on behalf of St. Luke's Mission of Mercy.
The Mission is located in the heart of Buffalo's East Side, it's home to 22 families, feeds hundreds of people a day, has its own version of a Goodwill for clothes, doesn't charge anyone anything, and does it all without a penny of help from government or the Diocese.
And that is where Mike Taheri comes in.
Taheri is constantly calling contacts in the community, looking for everything from donations to pay for private school tuition, to tickets to community events, to help pay for tuition costs at high schools and colleges.
"Hi Peter, it's Mike Taheri from St. Luke's."
"Hey Laurie, it's Mike Taheri, I'm calling on behalf of St. Luke's."