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Day of Caring Volunteers Enhance 14 Providence Housing Properties

Over 120 Volunteers Across Four Counties Provided Seasonal Help

  • Carestream Volunteers at Holy Rosary Campus
  • Paychex Volunteers at Carlson Commons
  • Paychex Volunteers at Plymouth Manor
  • Paychex Volunteers at Carlson Commons
  • Howard Hanna Gates Volunteers at Atwood Park
  • Hyatt Volunteers at Rivendell Commons
  • Wegmans Volunteers at Elizabeth Blackwell Apts
  • Wegmans Volunteers at Clark Park Apts
  • Oldcastle Team at West Town Village
  • Empire Access Volunteers at Shortsville Commons
  • Corning Volunteers at McNiff Commons
  • United Way Volunteers at Trumansburg Country Estates
  • Corning workers at Village Green apartments

Providence Housing Development Corporation welcomed 123 volunteers for United Way’s Day of Caring and Day of Action in Monroe, Ontario, Chemung and Tompkins Counties this May and June. Twelve different companies brought teams to help make a difference in the lives of many residents and staff by sprucing up the properties where they live.  Providence Housing develops, finances, and manages affordable housing for seniors, individuals with special needs, and families.

Volunteers typically enjoy Day of Caring because it gives them a chance to take a day off from working in their offices to assist various non-profit organizations with projects together with their colleagues. Teams at Providence Housing helped to beautify properties where seniors, families and individuals with disabilities or in need of supportive housing live. The largest group, with 30 volunteers from Oldcastle (a division of CRH), helped at West Town Village (WTV) senior apartments in Henrietta. Five groups returned to Providence after volunteering previous years, including Oldcastle (WTV), Paychex (Carlson Commons/Plymouth Manor), Carestream (Holy Rosary Apartments), Howard Hanna’s Chili-Ogden team (Atwood Park Apartments) and Hyatt Regency (Rivendell Court). Kodak Alaris, new to Providence, brought 15 volunteers to clear brush and landscape the grounds at St. Salome and Durand Senior Apartments. For Day of Caring in Ontario County, nine volunteers from Wegmans in Geneva and Empire Access provided yard maintenance at Shortsville Meadows, Elizabeth Blackwell and Clark Park Apartments. For Day of Action in the southern tier counties, 22 volunteers from Corning, Inc. and six from the United Way of Tompkins County tackled landscaping projects in Elmira and Trumansburg.

“Everyone deserves to live in a nice home,” said Mark Greisberger, Executive Director at Providence Housing. “Volunteers help enhance our properties by helping staff with seasonal yard maintenance, painting, and other time-consuming projects.” The residents like to see the flowers planted and their yards looking well-kept with fresh mulch each year, and the seniors often enjoy serving lunch to our volunteers during Day of Caring.

Providence Housing’s mission is to strengthen families and communities by creating and providing access to quality affordable housing enriched by the availability of supportive services. Providence Housing is a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, New York.

For more information about Providence Housing and the services they offer, visit www.ProvidenceHousing.org. For volunteer information, contact Providence at (585) 529-9555.

Durand Senior Apartments Now Open!

IRONDEQUOIT, NY – Providence Housing Development Corporation is excited to announce the opening of Durand Senior Apartments, a new affordable housing development for seniors age 55+, located at 4225 and 4250 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14622. Durand Senior Apartments features 65 one- and five two-bedroom apartments. The apartments replace vacant church lots next to St. Salome Apartments, another senior property developed and managed by Providence Housing, and at the former location of Durand United Church of Christ. The premises also house St. Ann’s Adult Day Service at Durand, which will provide medical and social adult day care services to the community at large that will be open in mid-January.

“The aging population in Rochester is growing, especially here in Irondequoit,” said Mark Greisberger, Executive Director for Providence Housing. “We are thrilled to provide up to 70 seniors with safe, affordable new housing at Durand Senior Apartments just in time for the holidays. Our residents will kick off the new year in a new home, and in a great neighborhood and town that provides numerous services for seniors!”

Durand Senior Apartments offers seven fully wheelchair accessible units, three units for hearing/visually impaired, and all apartments are handicap visitable or adaptable. Apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen, including Energy Star appliances, a spacious living/dining area, central air conditioning, individually controlled heat and electric, off-street parking, emergency call system, Intercom entry and elevator access. There are also laundry facilities on each floor, a community room, and outdoor courtyard for residents to enjoy. For more information or to apply, please visit www.ProvidenceHousing.org/DurandSeniorApts.

 

AFFORDABLE SENIOR APARTMENTS AND ADULT DAY CARE TO BE BUILT IN IRONDEQUOIT

  • Providence Housing Groundbreaking - Durand Sr. Apts.
  • Town of Irondequoit staff with Mark Greisberger
  • Residents of St. Salome at Durand Senior Apts. groundbreaking ceremony

Providence Housing to provide 70 units of affordable housing for seniors 55+.

IRONDEQUOIT, NY – Providence Housing Development Corporation and St. Ann’s Community are excited to announce that construction began in February 2018, for Durand Senior Apartments, a new affordable housing development for seniors age 55+, to be located at 4225 and 4250 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14622. A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Friday, February 2, 2018, with executives from Providence Housing, St. Ann’s Community, Irondequoit Town officials including Town Supervisor Dave Seeley, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, Senator Rich Funke, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, and representatives from New York State Homes & Community Renewal and Greater Rochester Housing Partnership. Durand Senior Apartments will feature 65 one- and five two-bedroom apartments. The premises will also house St. Ann’s Adult Day Service at Durand, which will provide medical and social adult day care services to the community at large. The apartments and adult day care facility will be built at the locations of the former St. Salome Church and former Durand United Church of Christ, adjacent to St. Salome Apartments, another senior property developed and managed by Providence Housing.

“There is a large need for affordable housing and services for seniors in Monroe and the surrounding counties,” said Mark Greisberger, Executive Director for Providence Housing, “Durand Senior Apartments will enable 70+ seniors to find a new, safe and affordable housing option in a great neighborhood and town that provides numerous programs for seniors.”

Michael E. McRae, President and CEO of St. Ann’s Community adds, “St. Ann’s Adult Day Services offer safe, supervised care and social opportunities for seniors while their caregivers are at work or handling other responsibilities. Having a program at Durand is a huge bonus and will benefit the entire community.”

Durand Senior Apartments will offer seven fully wheelchair accessible units, three units for hearing/visually impaired, and all apartments are handicap visitable or adaptable. Apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen, including Energy Star appliances, a spacious living/dining area, central air conditioning, individually controlled heat and electric, off-street parking, emergency call system, Intercom entry and elevator access. There will be laundry facilities on each floor, a community room, and outdoor courtyard for residents to enjoy. Applications will be available in July. For more information or to be placed on an interest list, please visit www.ProvidenceHousing.org/DurandSeniorApts or call (585) 529-9555.

St. Ann’s Adult Day Service at Durand will offer medical and social day services to eligible seniors. Some of the services to be provided include hot midday meals, exercise and wellness programs, and skilled nursing and health monitoring. For more information, visit www.StAnnsCommunity.com or call (585) 697-6000.

Providence Housing, a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, develops, finances and manages housing for individuals and families in the 12 counties of the Diocese including Monroe, Ontario, Yates, and Chemung. For more information or to donate, visit www.ProvidenceHousing.org.

St. Ann’s Community is Rochester’s leading senior housing and health services provider, with a tradition of quality care for older adults that began 140 years ago. They provide a complete continuum of care for seniors, offering everything from independent living to 24-hour skilled nursing. For more information, visit www.StAnnsCommunity.com.

80 Day of Caring Volunteers Made Big Impact at Providence Housing

Volunteers from Six Companies Made Day of Caring a Priority

Providence Housing Development Corporation welcomed 80 volunteers for United Way’s Day of Caring in Monroe County on May 12, 2016, plus 10 additional volunteers are expected to help the non-profit organization by the end of June, all because of United Way’s Day of Caring efforts in both Monroe and Chemung counties. Five companies came back to volunteer after two to six years of service and one new company, First Niagara Bank & Trust, helped make a big impact on the properties and affordable housing communities.

  • Hyatt Volunteers at Rivendell Apartments
  • Canandaigua National Bank volunteers at St. Salome's Apartments
  • First Niagara volunteers at West Town Village
  • Paychex volunteers at Carlson Commons and Plymouth Manor
  • Voiceport volunteers at Holy Rosary Apartments
  • Closing USA Volunteers at Atwood Park Apartment with senior residents

Volunteers from various businesses, who wanted to give back to the community, worked outside on a gorgeous day off from their office jobs to spruce up Providence Housing properties and be productive in a different way — by doing yard work and cleaning. Ten volunteers from Closing USA and 20 volunteers from First Niagara Bank & Trust did weeding, mulching and planting at senior living properties Atwood Park in Gates and West Town Village apartments in Henrietta. A Paychex team of 15 volunteers helped beautify properties at Carlson Commons and Plymouth Manor Apartments in the city. This was Paychex’s fifth year participating in Day of Caring at Providence Housing. After a hard day’s work, they celebrated with lunch and a cookie cake. Three dedicated volunteers from Hyatt, who have helped at Rivendell Apartments for the past six years, returned to Providence in the Park Avenue area to “do whatever was needed.” A team of 20 volunteers from Canandaigua National Bank, who have worked with Providence for three years in Monroe and Ontario counties, weeded and planted flowers for the senior housing community at St. Salome Apartments in Irondequoit, while 12 Voiceport employees scheduled time in shifts doing yard work at Holy Rosary and Brown Street properties. This June, 10 volunteers are expected in Elmira at McNiff Commons through United Way of Chemung County’s Day of Action program.

“I’m really thrilled that we have volunteers coming back every year to join us on this day,” said Mark Greisberger, Executive Director of Providence Housing. “Hyatt and Paychex have been helping us for five or more years – they know the properties, ask to do special projects, and look to get the most done with their time.” Volunteers want to be busy and feel like they are making a real contribution. Kristopher Laughrey, volunteer coordinator for Day of Caring at Paychex, checked ahead to make sure there was “a sufficient amount of work that needed to be done” for his team. The Paychex Information Technology team out of Henrietta has worked on multiple Providence Housing properties over the years to maximize the volunteer impact on the organization.
Providence Housing’s mission is to strengthen families and communities by creating and providing access to quality affordable housing enriched by the availability of supportive services. Providence Housing develops, finances, and manages affordable housing for seniors, individuals with special needs, and families. Providence Housing is a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, New York.

For more information about Providence Housing and the services they offer, visit www.ProvidenceHousing.org. For volunteer information, contact Providence at (585) 529-9555. Like Providence Housing on Facebook to keep updated and see more photos at www.facebook.com/providencehousing!

Providence Housing Announced As Winner of SED ROC THE SUN Solar Giveaway

SED will donate a 5kW solar array to Providence Housing and organize a crowdfunding effort to add to the project.

Providence Housing Development Corporation is excited to be the winner of the ROC the SUN Solar Giveaway, a contest lead by Sustainable Energy Developments, Inc. (SED). SED will award the non-profit, affordable housing organization a 5kW solar array – a string of solar panels that will capture sunlight and convert it into usable energy – allowing Providence Housing to save money on electrical costs. SED has donated the equipment, labor, and expertise for the project. They, along with Providence Housing, look to the Greater Rochester Community, and beyond, to help raise the remaining funds needed to complete the project.

SED has organized a crowdfunding effort approved through Indiegogo to help Providence Housing cover additional systems costs, construction racking, permit fees and other costs. Donations from $25-$250 can be made online at www.indiegogo.com/projects/roc-the-sun-solar-giveaway.

This project will enable Providence Housing, committed to helping the local community, spend its allocated funding dollars more directly on its stated mission and services rather than its electric bills. Providence Housing strives to strengthen families and communities by creating and providing access to quality affordable housing enriched by the availability of support services. In 2014, Providence Housing celebrated 20 years offering better choices and more affordable housing opportunities for individuals and families in the Greater Rochester Area.

“We are excited and proud to ROC the SUN on our properties through Sustainable Energy Developments,” said Mark Weisberger, Executive Director at Providence Housing. “The solar array will help keep the electric costs down at our Son House Apartments property and allow us to focus on building human dignity through affordable housing and support services.”

SED Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Meaghann Schulte, said, “We feel that Providence Housing will be a great pilot project to illustrate how crowdfunding can work in renewable projects, and we hope to work with all the applicants who entered our giveaway contest in the near future.”

For more information about this project visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/roc-the-sun-solar-giveaway. Information about Providence Housing and SED can be respectively found at www.ProvidenceHousing.org and www.sed-net.com.

Providence Housing’s Celebrates 20 years of Affordable Housing Successes

Providence Housing Development Corporation hosted its 20th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, September 18th, at artistic venue Artisan Works. Executive Director John McDermott welcomed 200 community members, dignitaries, staff, and residents to the event. Providence Housing celebrates 20 years in affordable housing with gratitude for past successes and their focus on a future that includes further development and supportive services that enrich the lives of their residents and the community.

WHAM-13 News Anchor and Associate News Director Don Alhart was the event’s Master of Ceremonies and delivered a short program on the accomplishments Providence Housing has made since 1994 and goals to reduce the gap in the low availability versus increased demand in affordable housing. Executive Director John McDermott commented on the growing affordable housing shortage and indicated “while the number of low income units has seen little increase over the past 20 years, the demand has sharply risen – by nearly 50% since 1994, and is expected to increase further, to almost 75%, by 2024.”

 

Providence Housing announced two winners of the new prestigious “Maggie Bringewatt Affordable Housing Award.” Both winners have been tremendous assets to the affordable housing community, have dedicated years of time and resources, and continue to be committed to reducing the shortage of affordable housing. Andy Hislop, President and CEO of LECESSE Construction Services, Inc., the premier sponsor for the evening and winner, said, “We are committed, more than ever, to assisting in the development of affordable housing and providing innovative solutions to meet the need. It’s about human dignity. Everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to live.” Atlas General Contractors, a Gold Sponsor at the Gala and award winner indicated, “It gives Atlas Contractors great pleasure to build such quality housing for people in neighborhoods throughout the city. We love to see their expression when their families walk through the front door to their new dream home, which they never thought would become a reality. Thanks to Providence Housing for making their dreams come true!.” Both are invested in Providence Housing’s 20/20 Vision for the future. Additional pre-development efforts in the greater Rochester area, and in the entire country, are needed. Providence Housing’s future is focused on meeting more of that need and providing Shelter Plus Care and other support services for residents.

 

Providence Housing’s mission is to strengthen families and communities by creating and providing access to quality affordable housing enriched by the availability of supportive services. Providence Housing helps individuals and families within the 12-county region of the Diocese of Rochester.

 

Providence Housing History: Providence Housing founders envisioned a housing development corporation that would work closely with the faith community and Catholic Charities agencies, supporting those entities where a need for housing was perceived. Since 1994, Providence has secured greater than $135 million in project development funding from public and private sources and has created more than 900 units of affordable housing. This housing has been developed in collaboration with Catholic Charities agencies and other Catholic institutions throughout the Diocese of Rochester.

Providence Housing, a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, develops, finances and manages housing for individuals and families in the 12 counties of the Diocese. For more information or to donate, visit www.ProvidenceHousing.org/support.

Providence Housing Staff Participate in Chase Corporate Challenge

Back row: Kevin Gross, Christine Church, Helen Bianchi, John McDermott.  Front row: Debbie Bilotta, Renee Klatt

Back row: Kevin Gross, Christine Church, Helen Bianchi, John McDermott. Front row: Debbie Bilotta, Renee Klatt

On Thursday evening, May 29, 2014, a small group of staff from Providence Housing joined close to 10,900 others in the 24th J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, a 3.5-mile run/walk for the corporate community.

All four runners and walkers beat their personal goals for the event (which included just finishing)!  This was office manager Debbie Bilotta’s first race and something that “has always been on my bucket list.” “We’re very proud of her for doing something she has never done and surpassing her goal,” said executive director John McDermott. Bilotta ran four minutes faster than her planned finish time — quite an accomplishment! Special thanks go to regional property manager Christine Church and maintenance manager Kevin Gross who donated their time to help set up the tent and cheer on the participants.

In its 38th consecutive year, the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® Series promotes health and camaraderie in the workplace. In 2014, the Series will visit 13 cities in seven countries on five continents, looking to build on an all-time record attendance of 262,311 entrants from 7,969 companies in 2013.

What is next on the bucket list for Bilotta? White water rafting. It sounds like a great suggestion for the next team-building outing.

More than 60 Volunteered at Providence Housing Properties for Day of Caring

  • Large group of veteran volunteers from Paychex Henrietta
  • Resident Marisa Craig w/Paychex volunteers at WTV
  • Paychex volunteer pulling up weeds
  • Resident Pat Witt at West Town Village
  • Busy volunteers at work
  • Paychex volunteer at WTV
  • Resident Betty Watkins with teen volunteer
  • 5-year veteran volunteer team from Hyatt Regency at Rivendell
  • Volunteer Patrick Miller from Hyatt Regency
  • Resident Traci Meacham helping out at Rivendell
  • Teen volunteers at St. Salome
  • Residents Karen Gerrish and Betty Watkins at St. Salome had fun with the girls from Bloomfield
  • John McDermott speaks with teen PRIDE group from Bloomfield Central School District
  • Teens from Bloomfield at St. Salome
  • Teens at work at St. Salome
  • working in the memorial garden at St. Salome
  • Large group from RIT show their RIT Tiger spirit of volunteering
  • RIT volunteers hard at work at Carlson Commons
  • mulching at Carson Commons
  • volunteers at Carlson Commons
  • RIT volunteers planting at Carlson Commons
  • Volunteers getting fed at Carlson Commons Community Room
  • RIT volunteers at Carlson Commons
  • RIT volunteers at Carlson Commons
  • Henry digging in at Carlson
  • Planting flowers with a smile

Providence Housing Development Corporation welcomed more than 60 volunteers from Paychex, Hyatt Regency, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Bloomfield Central School District at various affordable housing communities throughout Rochester on May 8th, 2014 for United Way’s Day of Caring. Paychex returned for their second year at West Town Village in Henrietta and Hyatt for their fourth year at Rivendell Court in the Park Avenue area supporting Providence Housing. This is RIT’s first year at the Carlson Commons property, in the Plymouth and Exchange neighborhood, and students from Bloomfield middle school volunteered at the St. Salome community in Irondequoit. All volunteers helped with spring cleanup on the properties alongside staff and residents.

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Team of 13 from Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Assist with Clean up at Shortsville Commons

  • Group from Canandaigua National Bank at Ontario Cty Day of Caring
  • CNB volunteers in Shortsville
  • Almost done
  • Cleaning windows at Shortsville Meadows
  • Trimming bushes
  • Having fun doing spring clean up
  • Mulch and more mulch
  • Cleaning up entrance
  • Group at Day of Caring at Shortsville Meadows

Shortsville Meadows, located at 45 East Avenue in the village of Shortsville, attracted a team of 13 volunteers from Canandaigua National Bank & Trust (CNB) to assist with Spring clean-up through the United Way’s Day of Caring on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Volunteers worked with staff and residents of Providence Housing Development Corporation at Shortsville Meadows raking, mulching, and cleaning the residential community.

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Providence Housing Holds Ribbon Cutting for Son House Apartments

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Monday, February 24th at 10:30 a.m. at 539 Joseph Avenue to highlight the completion of the construction and opening of Son House Apartments, a quality, affordable housing development. Son House Apartments was made possible through the funding provided by New York State Homes & Community Renewal, New York State Homeless Housing & Assistance Corporation, City of Rochester, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, NYSERDA, and First Niagara.

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