2018 Celebration of Rochester Neighbors Awardees

NeighborWorks® Rochester and the City of Rochester are pleased to announce the winners of its 2018 Celebration of Rochester Neighbors Awards. At a news conference on May 31st, Executive Director, Joanne Panarisi-Bottone and City of Rochester Mayor, Lovely Warren announced this year’s awardees at the City of Rochester Public Market.

The awards will be distributed on Monday, June 4thfrom 5:00PM to 7:30PM at the City of Rochester Public Market. Like a city-wide block party, the event will feature music, food and a chance to have fun with neighbors from throughout the city. It is FREE and open to all. The awardees are:

Southwest Quadrant Community Champion : Dorothy Hall, is the Southwest Quadrant Community Champion, embodying the award’s criteria as someone who exemplifies a vision for a better, brighter Rochester, starting with their own neighborhood. Mrs. Hall’s love and commitment to her community led her to become one of the original organizers of the PLEX (Pymouth / Exchange) Neighborhood Association. She often represents her neighborhood at city and local meetings and diligently works with families in need, organizing events such as clothing give-aways. Improving relations within her diverse community is a focus for her, as well. She has been a long-time member of the Common Council and Quad team, as well as the Southwest Riverfront Committee. Recently, she raised funds for School #9 students to travel to Washington, DC to perform at the offices of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. Ms. Hall was nominated by Donna Hodgins of the PLEX Neighborhood Association, who feels that the awardee exemplifies the PLEX Neighborhood’s motto: Together, we can make a difference.

Northeast Quadrant Community Champion: The Northeast Community Champion is Martin Pedraza, a long-time resident and member of the Marketview Heights Neighborhood Association. According to Rochester Police Department’s Officer Erique Gomez, one of two who nominated him, “Martin has been the un-praised backbone of the organization and the go-to-guy for the neighborhood, and can be seen everywhere in that neighborhood doing landscape work on vacant lots and for property owners who have asked for help in their gardens and privately owned yards.” Martin is a graduate of the Citizen’s Police Academy and often attends the Clinton Section PCIC meetings and offers to play a pro-active role in helping law enforcement whenever he is able. As a proud Vietnam Veteran, he shows no fear in working, usually by himself, in violent, high-crime areas in the northeast part of the Rochester. He consistently displays leadership by taking a pro-active approach in cleaning up and maintaining the area around the Public Market, displaying a sense of pride in his neighborhood. Officer Gomez stated, “without people like him, our jobs would be more difficult on a daily basis and the community of Marketview Heights would be undervalued not only economically, but with a lesser quality of life.” Co-nominator Lt. Cheryl Fridley is impressed with the quality and volume of Martin’s volunteer work, sharing that not only does he maintain gardens in his neighborhood, but also plants and maintains flowers at the Rochester Public Market, creating a positive image of our city for visitors from around the country. He also has helped with a community garden located at the NSC office that has produce a literal ton of food, donated to the residents of the northeast. “Martin is one of the hardest working community members I have encountered in my 27 years with the Rochester Police Department,” Lt. Fridley stated in her nomination of Martin.

Northwest Quadrant Community Champion: Kim Hare, who lives in the Maplewood Neighborhood, is our Northwest Community Champion. Kim is a long-time resident and a member of the Maplewood Neighborhood Association. Currently she heads the Maplewood Code Committee. This committee works to make sure that the Maplewood area continues to have a high quality of life standard. Ms. Hare and her committee members volunteer to go out into their community and monitor vacant properties, blighted properties and report their findings to the committee and then follows up with the City of Rochester, the State of New York and any other entities that would be responsible for maintaining a high standard of living. Ms. Hare was nominated by the Northwest Neighborhood Service Center, where they recognize how hard Kim works to make sure that Maplewood remains a viable family oriented community in the City of Rochester.

Southeast Quadrant Community Champion: Emily and Guy Zeh were nominated as the Southeast Quadrant Community Champions because they exemplify what it means to be committed and supportive neighbors, friends and community members. As the parents of 3 young children, they have dedicated their lives to the betterment of their community. Emily is currently President of the PTO at Frank Fowler Dow School #52 where she selflessly devotes her time to organizing meetings, events, parents’ fundraising efforts and more. Emily celebrates the commitment of teachers and other parents – acknowledging their work, lending an ear and bringing a smile to the day. The same energy and selfless outreach to care for others extends throughout their neighborhood – always the first to ask “how can I help.” Whether it’s someone who needs their car dug out of the snow, or a meal dropped off dinner during a family illness, Emily and Guy are always there to lend support. Guy is the volunteer Commissioner and a coach of the Eastside Little League and the couple spends countless hours preparing fields, organizing registration and schedules, working the concession stands and supporting all the other volunteers and participants. Nominated by several of their neighbors, here’s what they had to say:

“Emily and Guy are compassionate, empathetic and loyal. From helping us move furniture on a dark, rainy night to inviting us over for safe meals with our food allergic son, they have made helping others a way of life.” – Kate and Zach Olsen

“We love our neighborhood in North Winton Village…You can always count on Emily and Guy. They are the first people you think of when you need assistance, be it helping out with your kids of a helping hand in the community.” – Dave and Sandy Walsh

Community Leader Award: The Community Leader Award recognizes volunteer leaders who spark change by engaging others in improving their community. Chris Jones, who owns Historic House Parts, and Carrie Laughton, owner of Lux Lounge, have “given time, energy and resources to get the Southwedge to be one of the most vibrant neighborhoods and commercial corridors in the City.” The organization which they co-chair, the Business Association of the SouthWedge Area, has one of the largest and most active memberships in the City, and includes their own magazine, The SouthWedge Quarterly. They have kept the vision of a vibrant neighborhood alive and have given untold hours of volunteer time to make sure this vision continues to be a reality. Some examples of the work they have done in the area includes:

  • Creating a non-profit organization to pay for the maintenance and upkeep of Nathaniel Square Park, which is both an uplifting art installation, as well as a park.
  • Raising funds for the commission and installation of artwork and decorative waste containers along South Avenue
  • Development of events to generate traffic and encourage shoppers and visitors to the area

The two were nominated by the Southeast Neighborhood Service Center because they have witnessed what an “extraordinary team and voice of positivity” they are. Chris and Carrie are involved in development in the area, creating awareness and opportunity for residents and merchants to be engaged and have a voice with the planning of SouthWedge area development. Chris also sits on the Rochester Police Departments Chief’s Police Citizen Interaction Committee to support public safety in the area.

They are a team that holds the City responsible for taking action on properties that are not properly cared for or that create unsafe circumstances. Chris and Carrie embody this award’s criteria of investing energies and talents to bring about specific change that positively impacts their community.

 

Do you know a Good Neighbor? Nominations open for Celebration of Rochester Neighbors

NeighborWorks® Rochester is organizing its 3rd Annual Celebration of Rochester Neighbors, to be held in June of 2018. The free event will be held at the iconic City of Rochester Public Market, celebrates the great people that make our neighborhoods strong. Volunteers who are making a difference in each of the city’s four quadrants at neighborhood level, as well as one leader in the overall Rochester community will be recognized. City of Rochester residents who exemplify a vision for a better Rochester, who work to better their neighborhood or spark change by engagning others will be considered. Full nomination details are available on the webpage:  https://nwrochester.org/Celebration-of-rochester-neighbors/.  Anyone can nominate a City of Rochester neighbor for consideration! Fill out a nomination form today!

The event will recognize four Community Champions – individuals from each of the four quadrants of the city for their contributions to their community. The Community Leadership Award award, which recognizes volunteer leaders who work to improve the entire community of Rochester.

Celebration of Rochester Neighbors is much like a block party for the entire city. The event will also kick off NeighborWorks® Week in Rochester and will feature live music, food, and children’s activities. Admission to the event is free. NeighborWorks® Rochester, a non-profit organization, builds strong neighborhoods by educating and counseling new homeowners, providing loan services and energy-savings programs to homeowners and targeted neighborhood revitalization through the Healthy Blocks Neighborhood Initiative. Volunteers who wish to help with the event, or local business interested in sponrorship can contact Kelly Hallenbeck, Resource Development Manager at 327-4170, or khallenbeck@nwrochester.org.

Is Your New Year’s Resolution To Take Control of Debt?

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Many people make resolutions for the New Year such as eating healthy, losing weight, increasing savings, getting out of debt, quitting smoking, etc. Was yours to make better decisions about money?

If your goal is to take better control of your finances, here are some quick tips for staying on track:

  1. Have a vision board with your written goals on it. As items are completed, check them off. A vision board is a constant reminder of your goals. People who have vision boards are reminded every day of their goals, and are most likely to complete them. It might be on your refrigerator, or on your bathroom mirror, on your car’s sun visor or at your desk at work.
  2. Know what your total debt is. Add up your total net income. Add up your current household expenses. Is there money left over after all the bills are paid? If not, then there are two options: increase income or current expenses need to be reduced.
  3. Are any of your current expenses “Want” instead of a “Need”? Is cable TV an absolute must-have for you or your family or can you cut it out of your budget? Can you make more meals at home rather than dining out? Do you purchase coffee on your way to work every day? Make a cup at home to reduce your daily expenses. It all adds up over time.
  4. Have you had an Energy Assessment done on your home? It could save you money on your monthly utility bills and cost you nothing. Visit NeighborWorks Energy Services to learn more.
  5. Look for ways to earn extra income. Working over-time, internet income opportunities, obtaining a better-paying job, selling some stored items in your attic or garage are all ways to increase your bottom line. Do you have items that are collecting dust that you do not use can be sold? Start preparing for a garage sale, virtual or real.
  6. Use any extra money you make or receive -a bonus, commissions, tax refunds – to start paying down your debt. Pay the bills with the smallest balances first and/ or pay bills with the highest interest rates first.
  7. Always make sure you pay your bills on time to avoid the extra late charges.

 

Once you start paying down your debt, your stress levels will reduce, and you will feel much better once you achieve your goal. And isn’t that what resolutions are all about?

If you feel you need more help to take charge of your debt, sign up for one of our Financial Fitness Classes by creating a Compass Account. Or give us a call at 585-325-4170.

Canandaigua National Bank honored at 2017 Annual Meeting

NeighborWorks® Rochester presented its Partner of the Year Award at its 2017 Annual Meeting, held March 29th at the agency. The event was a celebration of a year of services provided to new and current homeowners i

Executive Vice President, Brian Pasley, accepts the award on behalf of Canandaigua National Bank from NeighborWorks Rochester Executive Director Joanne Panarisi-Bottone and Board President, Matthew McDermott
Executive Vice President, Brian Pasley, accepts the award on behalf of Canandaigua National Bank from NeighborWorks Rochester Executive Director Joanne Panarisi-Bottone and Board President, Matthew McDermott

n the Rochester area, as well as an opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations that were significant supporters.

 

Executive Vice President Brian Pasley accepted the Partner of The Year Award on behalf of Canandaigua Bank. “As an approved Federal Home Loan Bank of NY (FHLBNY) Community Lender, Canandaigua National Bank has continued to take an active role in showing support through contributions and volunteering, and is in complete alignment with NeighborWorks® Rochester’s mission to provide housing solutions as a foundation for individuals, families and neighborhoods to build vibrant communities,” stated Joanne Panarisi-Bottone, NeighborWorks Rochester Executive Director. “We’re excited to continue to grow in our partnership,” she added.

The Volunteer of the Year Award recognized long-time volunteer Ellie MacLeod, of Penfield.  Ms. Panarisi-Bottone said of her, “Pla

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Volunteer of the Year, Ellie MacLeod

nning, organizing, hustling sponsors, setting up, delivering… she’s done it all…Through her dedicated volunteer efforts, Ellie has made our world a better place.”

 

Guests at the event heard about the impact of the previous year, including that close to 500 families and individuals were impacted by NeighborWorks® Rochester’s services in 2016.  At least 109 individuals were able to realize their dream of homeownership because of the organization’s Home Buyer education services and 97 homeowners received home energy audits and access to financing programs for energy and money savings. In addition, close to $821,000 was invested in the community in the form of down payment assistance, home improvements and home energy improvements.

NeighborWorks® Rochester welcomes new leadership

JPB editedNeighborWorks® Rochester is pleased to announce the appointment of Joanne Panarisi-Bottone, LCSW, as Executive Director. Ms. Panarisi-Bottone is an experienced professional with hands-on team and leadership development, having previously worked at several large area non-profit organizations.

“Joanne has significant non-profit leadership experience and brings knowledge and strength in managing efficiencies and developing employee talent. We are very excited to have her experience managing staff, as well as her high level of passion for the Rochester community,” stated Matthew McDermott, President of the NeighborWorks® Rochester Board of Directors.

Ms. Panarisi-Bottone has a Master’s degree from Syracuse University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. She is the Board Chair of NCBI Rochester and lives in Rochester with her wife, where they both share a passion for animals. Please join us in welcoming Joanne to the NeighborWorks® Rochester team!

Grant from Chase Bank to Support Financial Capabilities

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NeighborWorks® Rochester is pleased to announce that they are the recipient of a $20,000 grant from Chase in support of its Financial Capabilities Program. The grant is part of the firm’s commitment to support innovative new products and services that leverage technology and insights from design and behavioral science to help consumers increase savings, improve credit and build assets. This investment will support NeighborWorks® Rochester in assisting low- and middle-income individuals within the Greater Rochester area, assisting them in improving their financial situations through structured education and strategic coaching. The program will help clients to increase savings account balances, improve credit scores and decrease debt load. Currently, more than 40% of NeighborWorks® Rochester’s clients are single female head of households.

“Through the use of improved technology, also funded by Chase, we’ve been able to identify those individuals who need coaching and have expressed the interest to succeed with their financial goals, but could use additional support in taking the next step toward changing their lives,” said Joanne Panarisi-Bottone, Executive Director of NeighborWorks® Rochester. “We’re extremely pleased to partner with Chase, utilizing an innovative approach to provide those in need with the tools and resources necessary for achieving personal financial success. In turn, this will also help to build strong neighborhoods in the Rochester community by providing educated, financially-stable, long-term homeowners.”

“The more we can do to increase the number of financially healthy people in our communities, the more we’ll see our communities thrive,” said Matthew Tipple, Market Executive, Middle Market Banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co. “We are proud to partner with NeighborWorks Rochester and support their essential work to help improve consumer financial health in Rochester.”

The support of community partners like Chase allows NeighborWorks® Rochester to continue to provide financial education services and more. Thank you to our friends at Chase Bank.

Celebration of Rochester Neighbors Winners!

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These wonderful neighbors are the winners of the 2016 Celebration of Rochester Neighbors Awards. Visit the 2017 page for information on this year’s event.

SouthWest Quadrant Community Champion 

Ms. Bessie Clifton, a founding member of the Cottage Street Block Club, is the Rochester Neighbors Community Champion Award winner for the Southwest Quadrant. Bessie Clifton croppedAt 88 years old, she remains an active advocate and participant in her neighborhood. Ms. Clifton has been a member of the Plymouth Exchange Neighborhood Association for 25 years and is also a member of the South Plymouth Avenue Business Association. In addition, she walks her neighborhood as a member of PAC-TAC and is often seen cleaning up litter on area streets. Two projects with which Ms. Clifton is closely involved are the Legacy Garden and the Legacy Park Station, sponsored by the Cottage St. Block Club. She helps plant and maintain the community garden that provides fresh vegetables for neighbors, and she provided input and historical information and continues to fundraise for the Legacy Park Station. On the “Street Voices” program on Rochester Free Radio 106.3 fm, Ms. Clifton provided listeners with more history and memories about life in Rochester. Described as resilient with a “youthful spirit,” she continues to inspire her southwest neighbors.

NorthEast Quadrant Community Champion

Vera Crumpler, organizer of the Citywide Youth Crusade, is the Rochester Neighbors Community Champion Award winner for the Northeast Quadrant. Carlos Santana of Action for a Better Community nominated Mrs. Crumpler calling her “a highly committed advocate for the less fortunate” in Rochester’s northeast through efforts that span nearly 50 years. She has tackled community issues of housing, injustice, public safety, employment and youth while sitting on the boards of various associations: Coalition of the North East Area (CONEA,) North East Block Club Alliance (NEBCA,) Sector 10, and North East Neighbors Association (NENA.) In addition, she gives her time to other local events when asked. Her 30-year involvement with the Citywide Youth Crusade includes organizing rallies in which public officials, police officers, clergy, lecturers and neighbors with positive messages are invited to speak. In an effort to keep the dialogue moving forward, Mrs. Crumpler continues to hold the events at her own expense and without compensation. Santana adds that Mrs. Crumpler displays “a caring, loving heart toward everybody she meets, without distinction,” treating everyone with respect and compassion regardless of age or ethnic background, making her a true role model and champion.

NorthWest Quadrant Community Champion

Described as a “quiet champion” for Charlotte, Pamela Postgate is the Rochester Neighbors Community Champion Award winner for the Northwest Quadrant. After moving to Stutson Street eight years ago, Ms. Postgate organized the Stutson Street Block Club and Charlotte Beach Clean-ups. Her most recent community project has been spearheading the Lakeside Farmers Market. Ms. Postgate organized the group of neighbors to put it together, then hosted meetings, sought out sponsors and vendors, and locally publicized it. After a successful first year in 2015, the market will open this month for a second year.

SouthEast Quadrant Community Champion

Aaron and Kelly Metras, winners of the Rochester Neighbors Community Champion Award for the Southeast Quadrant, are parents, entrepreneurs and community advocates. Their restaurants, Selena’s Mexican Restaurant and Nox Cocktail Lounge, are located in Village Gate Square. Aaron has served as the president of the Neighborhood of the Arts Business Association (NOTABA) for the past five years. According to the Southeast Quadrant Team, who nominated the couple for this award, they have volunteered much time and energy into building NOTABA into “one of the most successful and influential business associations in the City of Rochester.” Their popular Mexican restaurant, Selena’s, reaches out to causes beyond the southeast and sponsors the Monarch Butterfly Display at the Seneca Park Zoo, an important program to the growth and migration of monarch butterflies. Selena’s also sends a team to the annual Polar Bear Plunge which benefits the Special Olympics of Western New York. Last year the team raised $8,000. The latest project for the Metras is the Rochester Youth Culinary Experience, or RYCE. They are endeavoring to start a third restaurant, this one built around an immersion experience for youth interested in the restaurant business. Students will participate in all aspects of creating and operating a working restaurant with guidance from a management team. Their vision is to assist youth in acquiring skills and experience that will assist them in gaining employment or continuing their culinary education. The Southeast Quadrant Team notes that the couple is always “thinking outside of the box” for ways to move the neighborhood forward.

 

Community Leader Award

Ericka Jones, a Systems Advocate at the Center for Disability Rights, has been selected to receive the Community Leader Award for her work in improving accessibility. Ms. Jones has been instrumental in two city issues that have been vital to people with disabilities. As the leader of the Center’s Transportation Action Group (TAG,) she organized and empowered group members to contest the closing of several inner-city bus stops used by people with disabilities. She coordinated the campaign and utilized the media to voice concerns. The group’s efforts resulted in many of the stops remaining on the routes. Ms. Jones also worked on another issue important to all city dwellers: the amendment of a City of Rochester ordinance to keep the sidewalks clear during the winter. She attended neighborhood association meetings and organized a group of people with disabilities to make their voices heard at City Council meetings. The new ordinance passed, and city sidewalks will be more accessible for all residents during the winter from now on. She is an advocate in other areas, also, as a member of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley and participant in the Rochester-Monroe County Anti-Poverty Initiative.  A group of 15 people with disabilities that she gathered participated in Rochester’s Clean Sweep program. Stephanie Woodward, Director of Advocacy at CDR, nominated Ms. Jones for this award, saying she has “inspired others to get involved,” that she sets an “incredible xample” for people with disabilities, and has motivated more people with disabilities “to become active and involved in our city.”

Celebration of Rochester Neighbors

LOGO RectangleCome join us as we celebrate the great people that make our neighborhoods strong, on Monday,  June 6th from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at the Rochester Public Market. The event is called Celebration of Rochester Neighbors and will recognize volunteers who are making a difference at the neighborhood level, as well as leaders in the Rochester community. Like a city-wide block party, the event will feature live music, food and a chance to have fun with neighbors from throughout the city.

Rochester is a great place to live because of the caring, invested people who live in it. We want to celebrate those individuals and the neighborhoods that make up our city and kick off NeighborWorks® Week here in Rochester.

Celebration of Rochester Neighbors is supported by contributions from JP Morgan Chase, First Niagara Bank, Lamar Advertising, Greater Rochester Association of Realtors, Your Care Health Plan and Northwest Bank. Participants include food trucks from Marty’s Meats, Hot Rosita’s and The Daily Refresher, with live music provided by the Bureau Cats. Neighborhood Association and Block Clubs will also be there to share what it is that makes their part of #ROC a great place to live.

Tickets are $10 each (children under 13 are free) and available at NeighborWorks® Rochester or online at https://celebrationofrocneighbors.eventbrite.com. All proceeds from the event will allow NeighborWorks® Rochester to continue to build strong neighborhoods by educating and counseling new homeowners, providing resources to homeowners turned away by traditional lenders, energy-savings programs and targeted neighborhood revitalization through the Healthy Blocks Neighborhood Initiative.

Ceremony to Kickoff Earth Day Celebration

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NeighborWorks® Rochester is pleased to announce that, along with St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal Church and Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care, a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off Earth Day will be held at the Merchants Road Community Garden. The event will be held on Friday, April 22nd at 10:00AM at the Garden, also known as the Garden of E.D.E.N. II, 622 Merchants Road, Rochester, NY.

The garden is a project initiated and maintained by the St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal Church community with support from FoodLink. Recently, NeighborWorks® Rochester secured a grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation for the Merchants Road Community Garden for enhancements, including a shed and garden tools as part of their Healthy Blocks Neighborhood Initiative.

The garden is located within Rochester’s Triangle Neighborhood of North Winton Village. This community is the focus of the Healthy Blocks program, which seeks to stimulate changes that restore and sustain neighborhood pride and confidence by working together with residents, businesses, and landlords.

In addition, NeighborWorks® Rochester coordinated with the City of Rochester to remove and replace existing features like the entryway pillars, signs, and fencing. Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care has provided technical assistance and additional resources to create landscaping at the garden that promotes the plant and animal life while making the space more inviting.

Maureen Murphy, Executive Director of NeighborWorks® Rochester stated, “This garden is a perfect example of a cooperative effort of residents, merchants, businesses and the city to enhance a neighborhood that is in transition. The collaboration of all the parts will work to strengthen civic involvement, pride in the community and encourage reinvestment. We were especially thankful to St. Mark’s and St. John’s and Broccolo for partnering with us to make this garden a successful neighborhood project, which provides benefits beyond the growing season.“

“It was our pleasure to be involved with the Garden of E.D.E.N,” said Laurie Broccolo, President of Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care. “We want to help educate the community about growing food, including the plants that attract pollinators, which are necessary for success. Connecting people to nature is a personal passion and goal for me. Helping our community to enjoy the benefits of gardening and growing plants is near and dear to my heart.”

Last year, close to 850 pounds of produce was harvested from The Merchants Road Community Garden, with a portion of the harvest going to a local food bank. Local residents who volunteered received a $5 voucher each time they volunteered at the garden, to be used at any local farmer’s market.

 

Our Neighbor’s Story

Mary Lovejoy, Rochester
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In 2003 Mary Lovejoy decided it was time to realize her dream of becoming a homeowner. She came to NeighborWorks® Rochester to learn about the home buying process and to help her make good decisions in choosing where she and her daughter would make a lifetime of happy memories. Armed with information, she found a home in Rochester’s historic 19th Ward community that met her needs. Housing stock in the city of Rochester is an average of 73 years old, and Mary’s neighborhood is one of the oldest in the city. Unfortunately, Mary’s was one of those beautiful older homes where lead paint was used on the interior and exterior of the home. Studies have shown that children who are exposed to lead poisoning face serious problems such as decreased IQ levels; higher likelihood of learning disabilities, behavioral problems and/or juvenile delinquency and higher high school dropout rates.

By having gone through the NeighborWorks® Rochester home ownership program, Mary was aware that help was available for home repair to assist her and her young daughter. As part of the NeighborWorks® Rochester’s loan program, lead testing identified the issues. In addition to remediating the lead issues in her home, NeighborWorks® Rochester replaced siding on the house and unattached garage, rebuilt the front porch, replaced windows and did electrical work. Energy work was also a big part of the work on Mary’s home. NeighborWorks® Rochester insulated the house and made repairs to her heating system, which improved safety and comfort and saved the family money in utility bills. “From the beginning, everyone was so friendly and helpful, especially in communicating what was going on to me” Mary commented. “I have recommended many people to them.”