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The House of the Good Shepherd receives $1 million in state funding for renovations, expansion

Thomas Caputo
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Posted 8/4/22

The House of the Good Shepherd has received $1 million in state funding to continue their efforts of aiding at-risk youth.

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The House of the Good Shepherd receives $1 million in state funding for renovations, expansion

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UTICA — The House of the Good Shepherd has received $1 million in state funding to continue their efforts of aiding at-risk youth. The organization, located at 1550 Champlin ave., has been providing treatment, education and support services for children and families in crisis for 150 years.

Officials say the funding will be utilized for needed renovations and expansion projects on the organization’s campus.

“The statistics speak the truth, our children are faced with challenges that are present and visible,” said Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy.

“We need to provide them with a safe, healthy and secure environment when they’re faced with these problems and what is effecting them and those negative members within the community that have those effects also,” Buttenschon said.

“We owe it to our community members and children the resources for a prosperous and dignified future,” she added.

Buttenschon has been in contact with a coalition of leaders in the community, spearheaded by Oneida County Family Court Judge Randall Caldwell, who meet and discuss ways to improve the lives of troubled youth in the area. The group agreed that The House of the Good Shepherd has demonstrated worthiness and a need for additional funding. Buttenschon was able to secure $1 million in state funding as a result.

The group consists of county and local representatives, elected officials, community leaders, city school officials and concerned parents.

Select members of the coalition were present at The House of Good Shepard alongside Buttenschon and New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, including Oneida County Family Court Judge Randall Caldwell, CEO of The House of Good Shepard Brian McKee, Board President of The House of Good Shepard Dominick Manfredo, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, Utica Police Chief Mark Williams, Rome Police Chief David Collins, Mohawk Valley Latino Association Co-Founder and Executive Director Sonia Martinez and Committee Chair of Cornell Cares Senora Pierce.

The coalition, McKee says, is another example of the area’s longstanding commitment to the safety of the future of children.

“We’re here today because of growing concerns about the safety of our youth in crisis as well as the threats their behavior presents to the families and to the community and I applaud our leadership for taking the mantle to address this problem,” McKee said. “The House of the Good Shepherd will provide a safe, secure environment where youth in crisis can learn to solve problems without resorting to aggression or violence and where we can create hope for a brighter future.”

For more information on The House of the Good Shepherd, visit: hgs-utica.com

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