RIBBON CUTTING — The YWCA Mohawk Valley celebrated its move to Rutger Park with a ribbon cutting and open house celebration. YWCA MV Board President Dietra Harvey and YWCA MV CEO Dianne Stancato cut the ribbon with local public officials, staff, and board members standing by. From left: Dietra Harvey, YWCAMV board president; Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri; Dianne Stancato, YWCA MV CEO; C. Sonia Martinez, YWCA MV board member; Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.; and Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol. (Photo submitted)

YWCA, dignitaries celebrate relocation

Published Feb 12, 2018 at 4:00pm

UTICA — YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) staff and board members were joined by local dignitaries and
community members on Thursday, celebrating the agency’s relocation to its new offices at
7 Rutger Park from its former headquarters at 1000 Cornelia St.

The celebration featured a ribbon cutting and tours of the new facility, which is now located on the first two floors of the former Teamster’s building. 

YWCA MV Chief Executive Officer Dianne Stancato and Board of Directors President Dietra Harvey made the ceremonial cut together, with local public officials looking on in support.

“This event celebrates more than just our move. It celebrates our history as an agency that empowers women, that embraces change, and that is always looking toward the future to better serve our community,” said Stancato. 

YWCA MV celebrated 100 years at the Cornelia Street location in 2017, Stancato explained. This move coincides with the recent Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative grant award of $3.75 million to explore the possibility of rejuvenating the historic landmark into permanent supportive housing for survivors of domestic violence.

The Rutger Park location provides the space needed to bring all YWCA MV Oneida County administrative personnel to one location, including support group and counseling services. Newly renovated meeting rooms, administrative offices, a counseling area, and the hotline office surrounds the landmark sprawling marble staircase that serves as the centerpiece of this historic, yet contemporary-designed building.

For more information on YWCA Mohawk Valley programs and services, visit ywcamv.org.