B'ville: P.E.A.C.E. staff ready to help community

When Alicia Manor needed assistance, she went to P.E.A.C.E. Inc., receiving the step up she needed to improve herself. As the new coordinator at the Baldwinsville P.E.A.C.E., she is now able to pay it forward.

"This is my way of giving back to this organization because it was here when I needed it," Manor said. "I understand the clients and a lot of their situations [because] I needed help at one point, so I can relate to them."

Manor took over as coordinator of the County West Family Resource Center in Baldwinsville, one of several P.E.A.C.E., Inc. facilities located throughout Central New York, on Nov. 14. Her responsibilities include overseeing the center, programs and reports; tracking volunteers and other staff; and maintaining the center and community outreach efforts. She brings more than 10 years of experience to the position having previously worked with families through BASCO, the YMCA and Elmcrest Children's Center.

Manor isn't the only new face at County West. She is joined by Joanne Wynings, the new family advocate at the center, and Dani Colman, a job replacement specialist, which is a 15-month position funded through government grants. Colman provides employment assistance and outreach initiatives including helping individuals with job search skills, resume writing and computer classes.

Staff member Joanne Demmerle also has an office at County West, operating the early head start and head start programs. While both Demmerle and Colman's offices are located at the Baldwinsville facility, the two women work mostly outside the office.

The women come to the positions after a period of several abrupt changes. First, the facility's family advocate left the position, leaving the former coordinator running the facility single-handedly. After several months, she also left the position leaving the center without a coordinator for a few months. According to Manor, a lot of people got the wrong impression during these events.

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