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Turning Point Thanks Bath Simmons Rockwell Employees for Food Pantry Donation

From Left: Bath Simmons Rockwell Sales Professional Paul Parshall and General Manager Ed Spiess donated more than 500 lbs. of bacon, breakfast links, ham steaks, and mild Italian sausage links on behalf of Simmons Rockwell to Turning Point food pantries in Bath, Canisteo, and Hornell.

From Left: Bath Simmons Rockwell’s Harold Rodbourn poses with Turning Point Bath Program Assistant Tiffany Berg, holding up some of the 177 lbs. of bacon, breakfast links, ham steaks, and mild Italian sausage links donated to the Turning Point Bath food pantry by Bath Simmons Rockwell General Manager Ed Spiess and Sales Professional Paul Parshall.

Turning Point would like to thank Bath Simmons Rockwell General Manager Ed Spiess and Sales Professional Paul Parshall, who donated more than 500 pounds of bacon, breakfast links, ham steaks, and mild Italian sausage links on behalf of Simmons Rockwell. The much-needed food was split between Turning Point’s food pantries in Bath, Canisteo, and Hornell. The retail value of the meat was estimated at more than $1,500.

To acquire the donation, Mr. Spiess and Mr. Parshall purchased four pigs during the annual 4-H Livestock Auction at the Steuben County Fair for more than $2,800. Log City Meats also donated the processing at an estimated value of $800, making the total value of the donation more than $5,100.

The donation will allow Turning Point to feed many of our neighbors need. “In September we served 1,454 individuals at all our food pantries, not including mobile food trucks, food in the lobby, and our other Turning Point services,” said Turning Point Director Theresa McKinley.

“The meat looks fantastic and will definitely help meet the high demand at our Bath food pantry,” said Turning Point Bath Program Assistant, Tiffany Berg. “Last month we provided food to more than 830 individuals—adults, children, and the elderly.”

From Left: Turning Point Hornell Rural Coordinator Steve Olix poses with Simmons Rockwell’s Harold Rodbourn, holding up some of the approximately 200 lbs. of bacon, breakfast links, ham steaks, and mild Italian sausage links donated to the Turning Point Hornell food pantry by Bath Simmons Rockwell General Manager Ed Spiess and Sales Professional Paul Parshall.

From Left: Turning Point Hornell Rural Coordinator Steve Olix poses with Simmons Rockwell’s Harold Rodbourn, holding up some of the 132 lbs. of breakfast links, ham steaks, and mild Italian sausage links donated to the Turning Point Canisteo food pantry by Bath Simmons Rockwell General Manager Ed Spiess and Sales Professional Paul Parshall.

“It’s always amazing to watch a community and businesses come together,” said Turning Point Hornell Rural Coordinator Steve Olix. “This donation from Simmons Rockwell is going to go a long way and help so many families. We here in Hornell and Canisteo can’t thank them enough for their kind gesture and involvement in helping us to better serve the community”

Turning Point, a service priority for Catholic Charities of Steuben, stabilizes families in economic crisis and supports them as they strive for self-sufficiency. For more information or to get involved in Turning Point programs in your area, please contact Turning Point at (607) 776-4575 in the Bath area, (607) 698-4725 in the Canisteo area, (607) 962-0704 in the Corning area, or (607) 324-3457 in the Hornell area.

 

 

 

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Catholic Charities of Steuben Thanks Community for Supporting “Lift Them Up” Pro-Am Charity Golf Tourney

From Left: Indian Hills Golf Pro Chris Ames and Micro Solutions Business Development Manager Kristina McCracken present a $6,000 check to Catholic Charities of Steuben Fundraising/Communications Director Paula Smith at the “Lift Them Up” Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament Friday, September 14, 2018 at Indian Hills Golf Club.

Catholic Charities of Steuben would like to thank the community for supporting the second annual “Lift Them Up” Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament, proudly presented by Micro Solutions and Indian Hills Golf Club. Following play, games, and raffles, Micro Solutions presented Catholic Charities of Steuben with a $6,000 check from proceeds raised at the event, which was held on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Indian Hills Golf Club, 1959 Indian Hills Road, Painted Post, NY. Additional proceeds were also donated to benefit Folds of Honor.

The tournament hosted 25 teams. Golfers were able to register individually or in teams of three. Amateur registration fees were $100 per golfer. The format was a three-person scramble with a little help from a Pro. Registration began at 9 a.m., lunch was served at 10 a.m., and play began with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. There were beer tastings

and refreshments on the course as well as plenty of chances to win prizes, including place money, hole contests, skins games, and raffle prizes. Live entertainment compliments of the Lori Lynn Barrett Band, substantial hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and an open bar immediately followed play. The community also had the opportunity to attend only the post-play festivities for $25 per person.

First Heritage Federal Credit Union was the event’s Silver sponsor. As a Silver sponsor at $750, First Heritage received one threesome, a cart, a tee sign, two PowerPoint slides, signage at the registration table, and recognition on Catholic Charities of Steuben’s website.

Bronze Sponsors included Beartown Peaches ‘n Cream, Citizens & Northern Bank, Forest View Gang Mills Fire Department, Hale Roofing, The Mill, Superior Plus Energy Services, and Wade’s Farm and Home. Bronze sponsors at $500 received one threesome, carts, one PowerPoint slide, signage at the registration table, and recognition on Catholic Charities of Steuben’s website.
Tee Sponsors include Addison FOE #3904, Chilson-Wilcox Inc., Osceola Big M Supermarkets, Piper Insurance Agency, Wade’s Building Supply Inc., and X-Gen Pharmaceuticals Inc. Tee sponsors at $200 received a tee sign, one PowerPoint slide, signage at the registration table, and recognition on Catholic Charities of Steuben’s website.

Whether participating as a golfer, a sponsor, or providing a donation for the raffle, each opportunity provided significant support for two charities that serve our communities year-round – Catholic Charities of Steuben and Folds of Honor Foundation. Catholic Charities of Steuben builds communities that care for all people by strengthening and enriching the quality of life for individuals, families, and children; working to reduce poverty; and advocating for social justice. Folds of Honor Foundation provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen and disabled service members.

For more information about Micro Solutions, please contact Micro Solutions Business Development Manager Kristina McCracken at 607-962-1542 ext. 170 or kmccracken@micro-solutions.net. For more information about Indian Hills Golf Club, please contact Indian Hills Golf Club Golf Pro Chris Ames at 607-523-8060 or chrisames@indianhillgolfcourse.com.

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Catholic Charities Thanks Corning Incorporated Foundation for Vibrant Community Grant Award

From Left: Laura Opelt, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Steuben; Johnanna Gigliotti, Corporate Staffs, Corning Incorporated; Paula Smith, Fundraising/Communications Director, Catholic Charities of Steuben.

Catholic Charities of Steuben would like to thank Corning Incorporated Foundation for awarding a $1,000 Employee Vibrant Community Grant, one of 65 grants issued in celebration of the Foundation’s 65th Anniversary.

The Employee Vibrant Community Grants were awarded to eligible non-profit organizations based on employee nominations. Nominating Catholic Charities of Steuben was Johanna Gigliotti, Corporate Staffs.

Gigliotti presented the check to Catholic Charities of Steuben Executive Director, Laura Opelt, and Fundraising/Communications Director, Paula Smith earlier this month.

Building communities that care for all people is key to Catholic Charities’ mission. The agency offers a wide range of services that that empower people to enrich their quality of life. Programs focus on promoting healthy child development and healthy family functioning, reducing substance abuse, and alleviating poverty. The grant will go toward general program support.

The Foundation has thoughtfully granted more than $167,600,000 to non-profit organizations since it was founded in 1952. Through leadership and collaboration, the Foundation strives to foster vibrant, enriching, and supportive communities.

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Turning Point Now Offers Unlimited Bus Tokens to Connect People on Medicaid with Medical Appointments

Turning Point has partnered with Medical Answering Services (MAS), a New York State Medicaid-funded program based out of Syracuse, to provide bus tokens to connect people on Medicaid with medical appointments. This partnership was made possible through the efforts of the Institute for Human Services (IHS).

Turning Point is still able to provide a limited amount of bus tokens per person per month for medical appointments—a service made possible through IHS funding—regardless of whether a person has Medicaid. However, with this new partnership, there is no limit to the number of bus tokens Turning Point can provide to connect people on Medicaid with medical appointments. Turning Point is the only agency in Steuben County to offer this service to the public.

People on Medicaid are able to call MAS to request bus tokens for medical appointments. The tokens are sent via mail, taking time that a person may not have the luxury to wait. Medicaid recipients can still choose this route, but with this new partnership, people on Medicaid don’t have to wait for their bus tokens to arrive in the mail. Instead, Medicaid recipients can go directly to any one of four Turning Point locations across Steuben County for bus tokens to connect with medical appointments.

Turning Point Director Theresa McKinley said, “Turning Point has been assisting people with transportation needs as part of our services for 20 years.  Primarily we offer bus tokens at no cost for social and human service assistance, for employment interviews or initial job training until a first paycheck arrives, and also for medical appointments.  Turning Point distributed over 600 bus tokens in  June 2017, and nearly 50% of them were used to transport 98 people to various medical appointments.

“Starting in July, with our new status as a Medicaid Transportation Site, we can give Medicaid members direct, unlimited bus token assistance to those appointments.  Turning Point staff offer a personal connection to a system that is statewide, and not easy to navigate using a centralized phone service.  With the support of staff, we can engage with Medicaid members in our office,  provide the tokens and public transportation education and advocacy needed to overcome transportation barriers.  This service is an important part of Community Navigation services that Turning Point provides as part of recent Medicaid redesign.”

Turning Point locations include:  Turning Point Bath, 23 Liberty Street, Bath, NY; Turning Point Corning, 1 Park Lane, Corning, NY (co-located with the Corning Senior Center); Turning Point Hornell, 20 Elm Street, Suite 2, Hornell, NY; or Steuben County Rural Ministry, 34 West Main Street, Canisteo, NY.

If a person cannot get to a medical appointment by bus, Medicaid recipients can still call MAS for alternate modes of transportation. In Steuben County, the MAS number to call is 1-855-733-9401.

Turning Point also provides bus tokens to connect people to their place of work, other food pantries, the Department of Social Services, human service agency appointments, and the Bath VA.  Bus tokens are made available to Turning Point to distribute through the generosity of IHS.

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