Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – For 18 years Mary Olin has shared her home as a provider in the Community Based Family Care program. One of only 3 in New York State, the certified residential program provides adults with mental illness the opportunity to live and interact in a supportive family environment.
As a home Family Care home provider, Ms. Olin provided her residents with a comfortable home environment including their own living space and three meals a day. Additionally she ensured that her residents received their medications as needed and offered support and guidance in regards to their daily schedule, day programs, and development of their basic living skills.
“It’s a very nice program for the people that you help,” said Ms. Olin. “It provides them with a home atmosphere and I found it very rewarding in many ways. I enjoyed helping the residents and they were good company. It helped keep me active.”
In appreciation of her many years as a home provider, Penny Foster-Pratt, a Family Care Specialist with OCO’s Community Based Family Care program, presented Ms. Olin with a commemorative plaque at a luncheon in her honor. “Mary is a very special lady. She has been a wonderful home provider and her kindness towards others has touched many lives,” said Foster-Pratt.
The Community Based Family Care program is currently in need of homes in the cities of Oswego and Fulton, as well as the villages of Pulaski, Mexico, and Phoenix. Providers may either own or rent their homes. In addition to monthly training and staff support, home providers receive a monthly allotment of $791.48 per resident and a vacation allowance of $749 twice per year. For more information on OCO’s Community Based Family Care program, or to become a home provider, contact Foster-Pratt at 598-4710, ext. 1094.
A private, non-profit agency, OCO touches the lives of more than 30,000 people each year through more than 50 programs operating in more than 80 locations throughout Oswego County.
The agency, which is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member, employs more than 650 people and has more than 1,200 highly valued volunteers.
For more information, visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org