- (Press release was issued by
the Center for Joy, Niagara Falls, NY)
Center for Joy Receives Support from N.Y.
Power Authority for Skill Development Program for Disadvantaged
Sister Beth Niederpruem, Center For Joy
February 8, 2006
- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
- NIAGARA FALLS—A new mentoring program to promote
self-sufficiency, education and job-readiness skills for local neighborhoods
got a welcome boost Wednesday with the presentation of a check for $25,000
from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to The Center for Joy.
“We greatly appreciate the Power Authority’s assistance in
our pilot program, which we’ve dubbed the ‘Connections Network’ pilot
program, “ said Sister Beth Niederpruem, OSF, director of The Center for
Joy. “This check represents a down payment on the future of central city and
has the full support of our president, Virginia Wolbert, and the Board of
“We’re excited about our role in getting this worthwhile
program into full motion,” said Randy Crissman, the regional manager at the
Power Authority’s Niagara Power Project. “The Center for Joy does important
work in facilitating social services for inner-city neighborhoods and
providing educational and enrichment programs, especially for young people.
The ‘Connections Network’ essentially expands on this good work, and
refocuses attention for constructive solutions.”
Crissman noted that the Power Authority has committed to
providing an additional $25,000 for the new program, linked to the Center’s
raising $50,000 from other organizations within three years.
“We’re confident about achieving this goal,” said Sister
Beth, OSF, LMSW. “The Sisters of St. Francis have agreed to provide a grant
that we expect to announce soon, and we’re hopeful about other groups
pitching in. So we’re really making progress for putting these plans into
The Center for Joy convened a special meeting of its Board
of Directors on February 8 for receiving the Power Authority’s initial,
The literacy and mentoring initiatives under the
‘Connections Network’ focus on single parents, teenagers, and younger
children. Various elements will address literacy improvement, employment
readiness, parenting- skill competence and leadership development. Crissman
noted that the Power Authority is encouraging Niagara Project staff members
to be among the volunteers.
“We’ve long appreciated the importance of taking an active
role in the communities where we operate our generating and transmission
facilities,” he said. “The Niagara Project’s staff members have always stood
out in this regard.”
The Center for Joy was established in 1991 to promote
independence and help improve the quality of life for Niagara Falls
households with the zip code 14305.
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