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September 22, 2018

Pulaski Community Development Fund Aids OCO Residential Homes Program


FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities was recently awarded a grant from the Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund to benefit the agency’s Salmon Meadow Lane Individualized Residential Alternative home in Pulaski.

Staff and residents of Oswego County Opportunities' Individualized Residential Alternative home, Salmon Meadow Lane in Pulaski, welcome representatives from the Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund. From left are: Endowment Fund Committee member Garrett Brancy and board president Nancy Farrell, OCO Residential coordinator Cherie Sardella, residents Sandy Benisheck and Tammy Briglin, OCO site supervisor Kathy Brown, OCO resident counselors Paula Gardner and Tammy Collins, resident John Burrows, Endowment Fund Advisory Committee members Tina Lane, Kathy Allen, and Margaret Weigel, and OCO Development coordinator Margaret Barclay.

Staff and residents of Oswego County Opportunities’ Individualized Residential Alternative home, Salmon Meadow Lane in Pulaski, welcome representatives from the Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund. From left are: Endowment Fund Committee member Garrett Brancy and board president Nancy Farrell, OCO Residential coordinator Cherie Sardella, residents Sandy Benisheck and Tammy Briglin, OCO site supervisor Kathy Brown, OCO resident counselors Paula Gardner and Tammy Collins, resident John Burrows, Endowment Fund Advisory Committee members Tina Lane, Kathy Allen, and Margaret Weigel, and OCO Development coordinator Margaret Barclay.

IRAs are permanent homes designed and operated to provide a safe comfortable home environment where someone with a developmental or other intellectual disability can live as independently as they are able, with the support of 24 hour/7 days a week direct support professionals.

In addition to a home-like setting, OCO also provides daily habilitation services to residents and other types of training and services to ensure each individual receives the care, training and services needed to meet their needs.

“The Pulaski Community Fund is designed to help enrich the lives of our residents,” said board president Nancy Farrell. “We are so blessed to have this resource and to be able to share it with such a worthwhile cause!”

OCO operates IRAs throughout Oswego County, including the cities of Oswego and Fulton, the villages of Phoenix, Mexico and Pulaski as well as the town of Minetto.

IRAs come in various shapes and sizes, from a nine-bed house in a beautiful countryside setting to a single apartment in the city.

Many people living in IRAs have their own bedrooms and participate in the running of the home including assisting with grocery shopping, housekeeping, cooking and planning and participating in recreational activities as a household.

OCO has two IRAs in Pulaski, one on North Street and a second on Salmon Meadow Lane.

“Our Salmon Meadow Lane IRA in Pulaski is a congregate care facility that meets the needs of five individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said OCO Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay. “Currently it is home to two individuals using wheelchairs that require support from staff to transfer from bed to chair to shower, etc.  Individual movable Hoyer lifts are currently being used to assist with these transfers. In looking at the aging needs of individuals in this home, we are noticing deterioration in physical strength and mobility. We wish to purchase a SureHands Lift and Care System for our Salmon Meadow Lane home. This system will improve our residents’ ability to move around the house, ease the physical lifting of our employees and allow our aging residents to stay in their home for a longer period of time and avoid nursing home care.”

The $5,000 donation from the Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund coupled with funding received through the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities will allow OCO to install this new system.

“The residents rightfully think of Salmon Meadow as their home. Their fellow residents and OCO employees are their family. This equipment allows OCO to keep these residents in our care, where they are happy, content, and will enjoy a high quality of life for years to come,” added Barclay.

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