Pastor speaks on elder abuse

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CANASTOTA — Pastor Thomas Burgess of Hope Christian Fellowship in Canastota recently spoke on adult and elder abuse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

On Oct. 29, Burgess, who is a case supervisor with Onondaga County Adult Protective Services, presented an overview of protective services available to adults to 80 care coordinators at a “Lunch and Learn” session at the Syracuse hospital.

Previously, on Sept. 26 and 27, Burgess was a panelist at the 25th annual New York State Adult Abuse Training Institute in Albany. There, Burgess educated on the newly-developed Financials Exploitation Investigation Suite of Tools (FEIST) and Onondaga County’s experience as one the program’s pilot locales.

A graduate of Canastota High School and Syracuse University, Burgess was an educator for two decades before working in human services. He has previously received the Onondaga County Volunteer Award for his work with abused children, as well as the National Protective Services Association Award for his work on elder abuse.

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