FULTON, NY – The Oswego County Board of Realtors recently presented Karen Merrill, coordinator of Oswego County Opportunities’ PATH program, with a check in support of the program’s efforts of helping area youth.
Each year the Oswego County Board of Realtors organizes a fundraiser for the PATH program.
“Our members open their hearts and their pocketbooks to support the PATH Program,” said Gene Friske, executive officer of the Oswego County Board of Realtors. “We are happy to be able to assist such a worthwhile endeavor as OCO’s PATH program and I am pleased to say that our support has increased steadily over the years.”
Established in 1991, OCO’s PATH program has provided hundreds of homeless youth with transitional independent living services and helped them become contributing members of society.
“We are very thankful for the support we receive from the Oswego County Board of Realtors. As we approach our 20th year of providing services to youth in the community we greatly appreciate their generous donation and are pleased that they recognize the value of the PATH program,” said Merrill.
“The donations that we receive from caring organizations such as the Oswego County Board of Realtors helps us to provide youth in the PATH program with a little something special at Christmas such as food, clothing, or a small gift,” she added. “The homeless youth population is a very misunderstood and many times, unjustly criticized population. It makes the youth realize there are members of their community that support them and acknowledge the positive things they are doing to make their lives better.”
Merrill added that she welcomes the opportunity to meet with local groups or organizations to raise their awareness of the PATH program and the positive effect it has on the youth of Oswego County.
Those interested in learning more about the PATH program may contact Merrill at 342-7532.
The PATH program is funded by the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Oswego County Opportunities is a private, nonprofit human service agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.
Over a year’s time, OCO touches the lives of nearly 28,000 people in Oswego County.
OCO provides educational services to the young, support for our youth, assistance for the homeless, meals for the elderly, health care for the whole family, guidance for those diagnosed with a mental illness, housing for the disabled, safety for the abused as well as transportation.
For more information,visit www.oco.org