One of the clients we served was a single mother of 3 kids. She was at first looking to purchase the home that she was renting. Due to being low income and on a budget, she decided to utilize a USDA Direct mortgage product in order to maximize her purchase price while still keeping her payments affordable. After a home inspection, the home was deemed structurally unsound, and repair would far exceed any program that was available at the time. She continued her home search and found a home in the city of Batavia. We were able to attach an acquisition rehab grant through the AHC program to her USDA loan. She closed on her home in February of 2021. She greatly benefitted from the counseling and education that PathStone provides, as she was able to know the importance of a home inspection and avoid buying a house that was in need of repairs that would exceed the value of the home. The counseling, education, and USDA packaging she received put her in the best position to navigate the difficult market and avoid a potentially unsafe home.
About the County
Area: 1,367 sq mi
Density: 1,129 people per sq mi
County Seat: Rochester
14% Residents Living in Poverty
ALICE households (families that are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and struggle to maintain a baseline household budget): 42%
Partner Spotlight - Power Scholars Academy at the YMCA
The Power Scholars Academy at The YMCA Center for Equity is designed to be able to serve all youth and families who would like to attend. The program is designed to be fast-paced and includes rigorous academics for a large portion of the day and engaging enrichments that focus on connecting academic concepts to real-world applications through project-based learning. The program also focuses on improving our scholar's social and emotional competencies. This means the program is very fast-paced and can be difficult for some scholars who are not used to such rigorous academics or such a busy moving daily schedule. This is especially true for our scholars who are thriving with Autism. Although it can be challenging for scholars with disabilities the Community Services Division of the YMCA of Greater Rochester prides itself on being accessible to all scholars regardless of ability. Leon's family came to us the first week of Power Scholars and wanted to tour the program and learn more about what the program was all about. During this time Leon's family was extremely pleased with what they saw. However, they were concerned that Leon might not be successful. We assured the family that Leon's autism diagnosis would not be a barrier. Our teachers and staff rose to the occasion and through many adjustments to programming and scheduling, Leon was able to participate in all aspects of the program and thrived. He improved in academic scores as well as social and emotional competencies throughout the summer. Leon and his family also enjoyed all of our summer field trips and Leon was able to participate in all summer enrichments as our typical scholars did. We achieved this by being open-minded to making adjustments for Leon's special needs and by adjusting our budget to be able to hire a 1:1 aide that worked solely with Leon throughout the day. Leon was also able to receive special services while in the program as well provided by Monroe County and RCSD.
About the County
Total: 1,383 sq mi
Land: 604 sq mi
Water: 779 sq mi (65%)
Density: 149 people per sq mi
County seat: Lyons, NY
12% Residents Living in Poverty
ALICE households (families that are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and struggle to maintain a baseline household budget): 34%
Partner Spotlight - Catholic Charities -Wayne County
A client needed help with funeral costs. As a single parent, she had been caring for her teenage son who had epilepsy. His seizures and related medical needs were substantial. Linda spoke of what a happy spirit her son had but his illness eventually got the better of him and he passed at age 16. Catholic Charities was able to defray some of the cremation costs and alleviate some worry during her time of grief.
About the County
Area: 596 sq mi
Density: 67 per sq mi
County Seat: Warsaw, NY
10% of People Living in Poverty
ALICE households (families that are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and struggle to maintain a baseline household budget): 37%
Partner Spotlight - Wyoming County Community Action
At WCCA, success is measured differently for each family, especially during COVID. We have a family of five that has struggled from time to time but has always tried to do what is best for their children. In September of 2020, Dad lost the_ job that he had maintained for 8 years. He was the sole provider for the family, as Mom stayed home to raise their three_ young girls. When Dad lost his job, there was no income coming into the home. It took months for his unemployment to kick in. Mom took on part-time employment, but it was not nearly enough. Guidance and support from our Care Coordinator was a key factor in this family being able to navigate the services available to them; not just at WCCA but County-wide. United Way funds were used to help pay their rent so they could continue to provide a stable environment for their children. Dad was able to attend GED classes and earn his high school diploma. He is now searching for employment and WCCA is exploring trade school options with him to obtain his dream of becoming a welder.
About the County
Area: 640 sq mi
Density: 100 people per sq mi
County Seat: Geneseo
13% Residents Living in Poverty
ALICE households (families that are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and struggle to maintain a baseline household budget): 40%
Partner Spotlight - Genesee Valley Health Partnership
The COVID-19 pandemic the need for social-emotional learning programming for youth and adults has increased due to isolation and interruptions to normal academic and social opportunities for youth and families. Through the UW funds in 2020 we were able to purchase additional SEL programming kits for Wayland, Keshequa, Geneseo, Caledonia and Mt.Morris. Schools contacted the coordinator expressing a strong need for support to focus on staff and student social and emotional health as schools came back into session. NYSED placed a strong emphasis on ensuring that schools have a plan for addressing student SEL and the UW funds were a key piece in helping these schools meet that expectation. The school social workers and principals were thrilled to know that we were able to help them expand this program support to more grades and reach more students. The feedback we have heard so far is that teachers are seeing a difference in their classrooms with self-regulation and co-regulation. We know that these are key skills to build with youth in order to prevent future behaviors such as violence and substance use. Data from the schools that are consistently expanding the SEL programming show that their risk factors are lower and protective factors higher than the schools that are not implementing the programming as consistently. We believe we are contributing to these changes and changing the school cultures.
About the County
Area: 663 sq mi
Density: 170 people per sq mi
County seat: Canandaigua
9% Residents Living in Poverty
ALICE households (families that are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and struggle to maintain a baseline household budget): 36%
Laura moved from Mexico to join relatives in Geneva as a 14- year old teenager. She was and is intelligent, reads well and was particularly adept at mathematics. However, she didn’t speak a word of English. She arrived at our club each day tired and depressed after a frustrating day at school. Her younger sister, who attended at first our Goodman Street program, was in the same situation. The Club partnered Laura with a bi-lingual Junior Staff and, in recognition of her maturity and obvious academic skills, made her a part of our Junior Staff as well. After a few months of language help at our Carter Road unit, Laura was assigned to help our youngest children, including her sister, with math. Today, two years later, both girls are fluent in English and thriving. Laura has performed flawlessly as a Junior Staff member and her language skills have her ready to move into the community to after school jobs that will help her prepare for college to come. Both are reading – in both languages – at or above grade level.