Staff Writer, Democrat & Chronicle
Volunteers of America Upstate New York announced that it is behind two new projects, one that serves 10- to 12-year-old children and the other, senior citizens.
Rochester Fire and Police Department members and the VOA plan to form Camp HEROES this summer for 44 children who live in Rochester believed to be at-risk. The site of the camp will be the Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus from Aug. 30-Sept. 4, and it’s free for the campers. Volunteer officers and firefighters will make up the camp’s staff.
“To have our kids really be able to get to know these men and women, to become friends with them and have a relationship with them I think goes a long way to improving their lives,” Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks said.
Conifer Realty and VOA will build a housing complex for seniors in Webster. The plan for Cobblestone at Ridge complex call for 60 affordable apartments — 54 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom — an $11 million project, according to Andrew Crossed, executive vice-president of Conifer Realty.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for May, completion in early 2016.
“VOA is dedicated to providing continuum of care for people in need, no matter what their age,” VOA president and chief executive officer JoAnne Ryan said in a statement.