GLENS FALLS — Community organizations may be so focused on their own programs their staffs don’t know what else is available in the community.
The purpose of the first Community Resource Day held Wednesday at Cool Insuring Arena was to solve that problem by bringing together about 60 nonprofit groups from Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. Fidelis Care sponsored the event.
Tyler Whitney, director of navigation services for Southern Adirondack independent Living, said the Intra-agency Council, SUNY Adirondack Community Hub, Washington County Action Angels and Fidelis Care joined forces on the project.
Whitney said a lot of the participating agencies are unfamiliar to the public and sometimes even to representatives from other agencies, as they do not have extensive marketing budgets.
“We’re getting a lot of positive feedback about the organizations that are here,” he said.
Ethan Brochu, office assistant for the Family Service Association of Glens Falls, explained the various services his organization offers, including helping people with rent, clothing and food. A special project the organization does is “Feet First.”
“We try to get kids shoes for the upcoming school year,” he said.
The organization will be conducting an “adopt a family” program the week of Oct. 9.
Brochu is new to his position, and he said the fair was a good opportunity for him to get familiar with the other agencies.
“It’s a great networking event,” he said.
Organizations were able to showcase new initiatives. For example, ECS Psychological Services was informing people it has had a South Glens Falls office open for about six months in addition to its offices in Saratoga Springs. ECS offers counseling for adolescents, children, adults, families and couples.
“Since we’re new to South Glens Falls, we’re making connections to see what’s up here,” said therapist Kellie Macura.
Stacey Barcomb, Washington County Care navigator, said the Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative provides free assistance for caregivers who need a break and free radio bands for people at risk of wandering off.
“There is no financial requirement — just be in Washington or Warren County,” she said.
Kate Kotfila of Cambridge United Community Center said she found the fair helpful.
“Many of the groups have wonderful programs that either aren’t known or would be helpful to have a satellite location,” she said.