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December 21, 2015

NYSID Spreads Holiday Cheer to Saratoga County Veterans

Category: General — NYSID @ 3:48 pm

In the spirit of the holiday season, NYSID employees delivered clothing, toys and accessories they donated to needy veterans receiving services through Saratoga County Rural Preservation Company (RPC) in Ballston Spa, as part of NYSID’s annual holiday tradition of giving back to the community.

NYSID employees delivered clothing, toys and accessories they donated to needy veterans receiving services through Saratoga County Rural Preservation Company (RPC)

NYSID employees delivered the gifts on Monday, December 21 to Saratoga RPC’s Guardian House in Ballston Spa.

NYSID “adopted” the Guardian House of Saratoga (for women) and the Vet House of Saratoga County (for men), along with two veterans with disabilities and their families. Saratoga County RPC provided “wish lists,” and NYSID staff joined forces to brighten the holiday season for the chosen individuals and families.

In keeping with its NYSID WORKS! beautification theme, NYSID also delivered Christmas trees, wreaths, ornaments and garlands to Saratoga County RPC.

“For 40 years, NYSID has been able to turn business opportunities into jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities, including veterans,” said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. “Whatever the cause, whoever the individuals, NYSID employees traditionally help those less fortunate during the holiday season. We’re delighted to bring comfort and joy into the lives of others during this special time of year — and we wish everyone Happy Holidays!”

NYSID “adopted” the Guardian House of Saratoga (for women) and the Vet House of Saratoga County (for men), along with two veterans with disabilities and their families

“Having been homeless and alone, these gifts mean so much to our veterans,” said Cheryl Hage-Perez, executive director of VETHELP. “NYSID went above and beyond to make sure each veteran will feel the spirit of Christmas. For the homeless veteran, it is not just the gift they will remember, it is that NYSID cared about them as individuals.”

Saratoga County RPC is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 that includes VETHELP and Saratoga Regional Housing Services. The agency works in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other agencies to provide veterans and others with both shelter and support within an environment that offers dignity, integrity and, most of all, hope.

Today, Saratoga County RPC provides a wide array of services, including: transitional housing for homeless male and female veterans; permanent housing for veterans and their families; employment and training assistance for veterans; rental assistance programs; and mortgage assistance for affordable home ownership.

Saratoga RPC is a regular participant in NYSID’s quarterly Veterans’ Summits, which foster collaboration and networking while advancing the cause of identifying jobs for veterans with disabilities. Summit participants include New York State government agencies, not-for-profits, veterans’ service organizations, Wounded Warriors, institutions of higher learning, and rehabilitation organizations, including NYSID members.

 

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