CazCares: Moving and inspiring
Pantry increases accessibility and efficiency, looks to increase awareness
By Willie Kiernan
For 25 years, CazCares has been a food pantry and clothing closet for the needy in the Cazenovia School District area. After outgrowing their basement home at the Atwell Mill, they moved to a larger facility on Route 20 East last week to continue to provide food and clothing, but also to assist clients on their journey towards greater independence. They got the job done in just a few days and re-opened in their new spot on Thursday May 17.
"I'm impressed with how generous people have been," said Gigi Redmond, client services director. "I think the biggest thing about CazCares is that it has been able to bring the talents of a lot of different people in the community together to address the situation of families in need."
"We need to be more efficient because the need in the community has risen," said Bob Hood, board member.
The new CazCares, located just east of McDonald's where the Equine and Pine once was, provides a level, easy-access entry for the elderly and the handicapped. Clients enter into the reception area through the side door where they are greeted and served. Clothing is neatly displayed toward the back, in a separate room, organized by style and size. The larger space, improved layout and windows make for a brighter, airier and more efficient experience. In the new handicapped accessible building, they have the opportunity to expand their services with the help of additional community participation.
"One of the reasons for relocating, besides handicapped accessibility, is to have available space for other agencies to add services," Hood said. "We want more people in Cazenovia to be aware of the opportunity to help these people out."
Included in the building, is a 1,200 square foot great room with its own separate entrance. This is where CazCares hopes to be able to expand their scope of services provided to further support and empower their clients. They are hoping to entice an agency, company or even a group of volunteers to pay rent and provide corollary services for these needy families.