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Patricia Kennedy

Noteworthy: Post-election Activities Full of Positivity, Unity
News from the Noteworthy

Post-election Activities
Full of Positivity, Unity

The midterm elections are over, or mostly over, as tight returns leave many state and federal races close and uncertain. I, for one, am very glad that pre-election coverage and political mailings have ceased and we have voted.

We can now get back to our jobs, our community, and our lives, where real things happen, where we can make a difference to a person and to our community.

Golisano Center Celebrates 10-year Anniversary

Golisano Center Celebrates
10-year Anniversary

By Ted Mebust
A crowd of students, visitors and staff attended the recent Golisano celebration. (Photo by Luke Moran)

Springbrook’s Tom Golisano Center for Autism celebrated its 10-year anniversary this past Thursday, marking a decade since the expansion of its Oneonta campus. The event offered tours of the facilities, trolley rides provided by Leatherstocking Trolley Company, a parade of students and staff, and a dinner for all in attendance.

“It’s wonderful to have our donors here to remind us all what a difference this center has made in providing the highest level of support possible to our students,” remarked Patricia Kennedy, Springbrook’s chief executive, addressing the crowd at a private reception. The event lasted from 1:30-6:30 p.m.

News from the Noteworthy: Housing Option Problems

News from the Noteworthy

Housing Option Problems

With construction well on its way at Springbrook’s “Ford on Main” development in downtown Oneonta, I have received no shortage of positive feedback, comments, suggestions, and endless “thank yous.” I am so grateful for the enthusiastic reactions shared with Springbrook for taking on this housing project. It is no secret that our community has a housing problem. If fact, it is no secret that our country is in a housing crisis.

Like much about our county’s current economic condition, the housing situation is full of contradictions. We face a decades-old housing shortage. There are not enough housing options available for those in need of homes. However, builders are also pulling back from building new homes because, at the moment (with interest rates on the rise), they can’t sell their current home stock. It is a perplexing problem and one that should be at the top of our concerns — while we face this housing crisis, we also face a nationwide homelessness crisis.

News from the Noteworthy Celebrating each and every life

News from the Noteworthy

Celebrating Each And Every Life

I just returned from a trip to visit family. While away, I had the opportunity to celebrate a milestone — my grandson’s graduation from fifth grade. At his ceremony, he shared that his goal throughout school was to “make his parents proud.” His sincerity has me thinking about Springbrook at this time of year — summer at Springbrook feels charmed.

In June, we celebrated the accomplishments of ten exceptional graduates of The School at Springbrook. These young people came to The School at Springbrook from across the state, with unique backgrounds, skills, and goals. One graduate came to Springbrook as a nonverbal student, and through years of work and determination, crossed the graduation stage as a multilingual adult. Several graduates leave us ready to pursue meaningful employment, or to find new living environments that continue to promote their independence. What each of these graduates shares is tenacity — a determination that cannot be broken, no matter what the wider world may say. What I take pride in is that, at Springbrook, we say “yes, you can!” when all others say, “no, you can’t.”

News from the Noteworthy: Gov’s budget a reason to be cheerful

News from the Noteworthy: Gov’s budget a reason to be cheerful

Happy New Year!

I had difficulty celebrating the 2022 New Year. I was certainly unable to make any resolutions. After all, I’ve spent the last two years being very resolute. As the third year of the pandemic loomed, I saw the year beginning with a continued onslaught of information, from new or revised protocols, to new plans to protect our health, our community, and our way of life. But what I didn’t see was any real difference as a result of those protocols. Our holidays were still upended by this pandemic.

The holiday season has always been a cherished time in my role at Springbrook. It offers a connection to the people who make up Springbrook, be they family members, students, residents, staff, or donors. I missed the celebrations and contact with the Springbrook community of individuals, families, and incredible staff!

Being connected to the people of Springbrook — to our mission — is one reason I chose the location
of my office. My space looks out on Springbrook’s main campus playground and the pathways used by many of the students going to and from school. This vantage point gives me the opportunity to glance over my computer screen to see the reasons why I am at Springbrook.

Springbrook boosts salaries, incentives, wage access

Springbrook boosts salaries, incentives, wage access

Springbrook – Otsego County’s third-largest employer with more than 1,200 workers – announced today it will give a $4,160 base wage increase to all current employees and offer COVID-related incentive payment of up to $1,500 for current employees and new hires.

The organization provides at-home care, residential and educational services, day services, and clinical, therapeutic, and behavioral support to more than 1,100 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from across New York State. Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy praised the staff’s strength and dedication to their work.

“As a non-profit, Springbrook relies on funding from the state and has endeavored to make every available dollar work for our employees,” she said.

Opinion by Patricia Kennedy: We’re more than a nice place to visit

Opinion by Patricia Kennedy
We’re more than a nice place to visit

I recently returned from a much- anticipated vacation with my family. In the weeks and days leading to this vacation, it seemed as if all I could think about was how good it would be to get away—from the house I spent a year living AND working in. From the office I’ve become reacquainted with in the last six months. From vaccination reports, retention reports, vacancy reports, and sick leave reports. Away from Zoom meetings. I couldn’t wait to get away from home!

Springbrook celebrates program graduates

Springbrook celebrates program graduates

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Springbrook, an organization that provides services and support for the developmentally disabled, held a graduation ceremony at its campus in the town of Milford on Thursday, June 24.

There were 15 graduates, the largest ceremony Springbrook has had, because of the coronavirus pandemic it was held in an outdoor ceremony, which was a first.

Another first included the first set of graduating siblings, Jessica Miller and Stephanie Miller.

Traci Lanner, the residential school director at Springbrook, thanked the parents and staff at Springbrook.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have you here on this campus on this beautiful day,” Lanner said.

She said the graduates spent between three and 11 years at Springbrook. The graduates had a love for music as well as having a “large number of Disney fans” in the group, she said. 

Lanner acknowledged the difficulty of COVID but praised the dedication of the staff.

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all,” Lanner said, quoting the movie Mulan.

“They don’t always bloom at the same time. … But when they do bloom they are all beautiful,” Lanner said. “I know I speak for the entire staff today that those blooms make us smile and remind us why we do this.” 

Springbrook Tells Staff: Get Vaccinated, Get $500 Bonus

Springbrook Tells Staff:

Get Vaccinated, Get $500 Bonus

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

With 35 percent of its employees not yet vaccinated, Springbrook is offering a $500 enticement to encourage them to get the COVID-19 vaccine shot.

“This is important, this is safe,” said Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy. “It’s going to get us back to where we want to be, being with the people we want to be with and doing things we want to do.

That’s my message for all our employees and the community.”

There’s a distinction between new employees we put in place in January.”

As for the residents on the Milford Center campus, 95 percent have been vaccinated.

Springbrook Envisions Upscale Apartments In Historic Ford Building

Reprinted From This Week’s

Hometown Oneonta, Freeman’s

Springbrook Envisions

Upscale Apartments In

Historic Ford Building

Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy and COO Seth Haight survey the bright and airy space of the Ford Block. The windows also provide panoramic views of Muller Plaza and Main Street, Oneonta. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Springbrook’s Patricia
Kennedy and Seth Haight with the Ford Block keys.

ONEONTA – Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy, got the good news a few nights before Christmas.

Her proposed Ford Block Revival – 22 apartments for executives and professionals above 186-212 Main St. – has been awarded a $1 million CFA grant through the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council.  The three-story building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

“It’s not just our Christmas present,” she said. “It’s our gift to the community.”

The Oneonta plan came about last year, as Springbrook completed Century Sunrise, a 120-apartment complex in the former Endicott-Johnson Shoe Factory that provided housing for people with developmental disabilities.

“We realized that this was our first step in working in housing development,” said Kennedy. “We believe we’re a good partner.”

Springbrook Envisions Upscale Apartments In Historic Ford Building

Springbrook Envisions

Upscale Apartments In

Historic Ford Building

Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy and COO Seth Haight survey the bright and airy space of the Ford Block. The windows also provide panoramic views of Muller Plaza and Main Street, Oneonta. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Springbrook’s Patricia
Kennedy and Seth Haight with the Ford Block keys.

ONEONTA – Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy, got the good news a few nights before Christmas.

Her proposed Ford Block Revival – 22 apartments for executives and professionals above 186-212 Main St. – has been awarded a $1 million CFA grant through the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council.  The three-story building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

“It’s not just our Christmas present,” she said. “It’s our gift to the community.”

The Oneonta plan came about last year, as Springbrook completed Century Sunrise, a 120-apartment complex in the former Endicott-Johnson Shoe Factory that provided housing for people with developmental disabilities.

“We realized that this was our first step in working in housing development,” said Kennedy. “We believe we’re a good partner.”

Springbrook Names SUNY President, Ommegang CEO To Trustee Board

Springbrook Foundation

Names SUNY President,

Ommegang CEO To Board

The Springbrook Foundation named their 2019 Board of Trustees on Friday, Aug, 30.  At left is Stacey Grady, Springbrook Foundation director of development.  Then, from left, are the Springbrook Foundation Board of Trustees: Patricia O’Brien, Jim Kelsey, Doug Campbell, Patricia Kennedy, Amanda Mirabito (vice president and secretary), John Anderson (board president), Patrick Prior (board treasurer), and Barbara Jean Morris.

MILFORD CENTER – SUNY Oneonta President Barbara Jean Morris and Ommegang CEO Doug Campbell are among the new board members of the The Springbrook Foundation, the fundraising affiliate of Springbrook NY Inc.

Dr. John Anderson, former Millersville University president and past Hartwick College provost, was named as board president. “One of the most rewarding experiences of my career was serving over 12 years as a board member, and at times an officer, of Springbrook,” he said. “This new opportunity is a tremendous honor. I am absolutely delighted that I can help support Springbrook in this new position.”

Springbrook Cuts Ribbon On New Oneonta Clinic

Springbrook Cuts Ribbon

On New Oneonta Clinic

Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy gets help from one of the organization’s residents, Ken Goodrich in cutting the ribbon, officially opening Springbrook’s new clinic at 438 Main St., Oneonta. State Senator Jim Seward, R-Milford, told the 100-member audience before the ribbon-cutting that Ms. Kennedy convinced Gov. Andrew Cuomo to open a seventh Care Coordination Organization (CCO), an arm of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities that partner with providers of services for individuals with developmental disabilities to help them receive Medicaid support and other efforts. From left to right: Frank Panzerella, COO, Bassett Medical Group, Assemblyman John Salka, R-121, Mayor Gary Herzig, Sen. James Seward, Kennedy, Goodrich, Springbrook COO Seth Haight, Springbrook residents Bryan Holt, Steve Nechis, and Brian Weeks, and Clinical Officer Kathy Ramiza. In back are Derek Jackson and Southern Tier Connect’s Executive Director, Meghann Andrews. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

Springbrook Ready To Open Family-Engagement Center

Springbrook Ready To Open

Family-Engagement Center

A ribbon-cutting on Springbrook’s Family-Engagement Center is planned Thursday the 20th.

MILFORD CENTER – Springbrook planning a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. next Thursday, July 20, to celebrate the opening of its newest buillding, the Springbrook Family-Engagement Center.

Families, residents, administrators, and several of the organization’s key supporters have been invited to the opening.  Passersby on Route 28 have been watching the building rise for the past several months.

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