Center for Joy Receives
Additional Support From N.Y. Power Authority for Education And Job
Skills Mentoring Program
Sister Beth Niederpruem,Center For Joy
Joanne Willmott, Power Authority
January 4, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NIAGARA FALLS—The culmination of the New York Power
Authority’s (NYPA) recent support for the Center For Joy’s
Connections Network Program was announced here today with the
presentation of a second contribution of $25,000. The funds are
being used to further assist this mentoring program with its efforts
to promote self-sufficiency, education and job-readiness skills for
young people in several Niagara Falls neighborhoods.
Last year, NYPA provided an initial contribution of
$25,000 and committed to providing a duplicate contribution of
$25,000 contingent on the Center for Joy raising $50,000 from other
sources within three years. The Center succeeded in meeting that
goal within one year with grants from the Sisters of Saint Francis
Ministry, the Eastern Province Vincentian, Mercy Circle of Friends
and Focus on Family.
“We greatly appreciate the Power Authority’s
continued assistance in our mentoring program,” said Sister Beth
Niederpruem, OSF, director, Center For Joy.
“This donation will give the Connections Network
Program stability for the future,” said Barbara F. Paul, president,
Board of Directors, Center For Joy, Inc.
Horace Horton, regional manager for Western New
York, NYPA, presented a ceremonial check for the latest
contribution, along with Joanne Willmott, community relations
manager, NYPA, to Sister Beth and her staff at the Center for Joy on
1117 Michigan Avenue. Following the presentation, there was a tour
of the facility highlighting the resources used for the Connections
“By providing this support, the Power Authority is
helping to build a solid foundation for this worthy program,” said
Horton. “The Center for Joy does important work in facilitating
social services for inner-city neighborhoods by providing
educational and enrichment programs, especially for young people.
The Connections Network essentially expands on this good work and
focuses attention on the skills needed by individuals looking to
improve their lives.
“Two participants in the program were hired last
year for summer jobs at the Power Authority’s Niagara Power Project
and received a wealth of experience through their assignments in
“We’re confident about achieving our objectives of
providing entrance level skills for those seeking jobs in the area,”
said Sister Beth. “The commitment of our board of directors, the
Sisters of St. Francis and the Power Authority has made a difference
in people’s lives already. This past year, we facilitated almost 20
young people, ages 14 through 19, with summer jobs and many useful
career skills for future opportunities in the work force.”
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.
“We’ve long appreciated the importance of taking an
active role in the communities where we operate our facilities,”
said NYPA Regional Manager Horton. “The Niagara Project staff
members have always stood out in this regard and we are encouraging
staffers to be among the volunteers for this effort, too.”
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.
Photo and Caption
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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