Shineman Foundation Grant to Aid OCO SAF Program

OSWEGO, NY – The Richard S. Shineman Foundation recently presented Oswego County Opportunities a $30,000 grant for OCO’s Services to Aid Families program.

OCO Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay (r) meets with Dr. Barbara Shineman to discuss OCO’s Services to Aid Families program.
OCO Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay, right, meets with Dr. Barbara Shineman to discuss OCO’s Services to Aid Families program.

The domestic violence and rape crisis program serving Oswego County, SAF provides residential and non-residential services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, elder abuse and stalking as well as crime victims.

“We are very grateful that the Shineman Foundation chose to aid our SAF program,” said OCO Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay. “This grant will allow us to enhance our security measures with a new system that will provide staff members the opportunity to easily monitor entrances, hallways and communal areas as well as our outside play area for children. The ability to better monitor those at the shelter and any outside intruders ensures a safe and secure environment for individuals and families that access our shelter services. We will also be adding fencing around the shelter that not only provides increased security, but assists us in maintaining the confidentiality of the clients, our staff, and the building’s location.”

The SAF program operates an 18-bed licensed shelter that offers a temporary haven for victims of domestic and sexual violence who are in crisis and need temporary safe housing. The program’s services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, case management, outreach and awareness activities, individual and group counseling and prevention education.

“The Richard S. Shineman Foundation’s vision is to act as a Catalyst for Change in Oswego County,” said Karen Goetz, executive director of the foundation. “We look to partner with not-for-profit organizations like OCO who are enhancing our local community through their services. As the county’s sole provider of domestic violence services, SAF is a program that our foundation was very pleased to provide funding to in order to assist it in being not only more effective, but also more welcoming to the women and children it serves.”