Evette Michelle Phillips


In 2013 I was so heartbroken seeing families sleeping under the bridge on Michigan St. in downtown Buffalo. I, myself, faced obstacles but none as bad as the families sleeping in the cold snow. 

My 4 kids (who are adults now) and I started off feeding them apples, sandwiches and bottled water, because that’s what I could afford. Then I began to reach out for help on Facebook others joined in to help.. On Easter in 2014 we fed 115 people hot a delicious meal and that’s when I knew the City of Good Neighbors had my back in the fight against hunger. 

My ultimate goal is to one day purchase a Food Truck so we can travel across the City of Buffalo and feed more Homeless in different neighborhoods. We R BUFFALO STRONG also provides clothing and toiletries to our homeless community. 

For the next four years I was feeding the homeless men and women in downtown Buffalo. I made hot meals and passed them out near the library and the bus station and then began cooking meals and spending time with homeless kids at The Compass House. 

In December 2017 I hosted a “Feed the Homeless Drive” on Christmas Eve. I had tables and chairs set up outside and served the homeless food across from the Buffalo Public Library. I just needed volunteers to help me cook and serve food. No matter what the weather, this was happening. I also gave them hats, gloves, and scarves .”


Evette's challenge for others to do the same
 for  in their community 
When I’m not helping others, I run my own catering business called KP Smokehouse BBQ   and have my own event planning business, Memorable Moments. (The name seems fitting for what this remarkable woman does to give back to the community.)

I believe if you want a change in your community you must start with yourself. 

(This has been recognized by many as stated here: "Evette Phillips of Buffalo is no stranger to giving back. She recently received the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Compass House, a shelter in Buffalo for the homeless for at risk youth. "

On this Christmas Eve, 2019 I got a surprise visit from Linda Pellegrino. I wasn’t feeling well enough to prepare a holiday meal for my family that year. On behalf of WKBW-TV, I was gifted with a $150 gift certificate to TOPS and Linda gave her an additional $50 towards her non-profit organization We R Buffalo Strong. View Video of this surprise visit 

During the recent Coronavirus outbreak around the world, Buffalo's WKBW Channel 7 reached out to us and asked if we would share our "We R Buffalo Strong" song to help promote the unity of all of us working together to help get through these difficult times. We are honored to be a part of helping to spread the important message that together we are Buffalo Strong!

Interview with Linda Pellegrino & how song came about

Evette started the organization to feed and clothe homeless men and women in Buffalo. To learn more about the organization Like them on FACEBOOK



Download a copy of the song, "We R Buffalo Strong" for .99 cents at the link below. 

All proceeds go to  We R Buffalo Strong to help feed and clothe the needy in and around the Buffalo NY area.  

Download- We R Buffalo Strong


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