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

"We want people to know we are still here and ready to help," she said adding her short-term goals are to get programs up and running again. "Although we are all new, the facility is still the same, friendly place it has always been. We are keeping the warmth and adding efficiency."

Manor's long-term goals are to identify and obtain more resources to serve the Baldwinsville community.

"This is a great place to come for people who just don't know what to do. We have good advocates and we do everything," Manor said.

"Everything" includes offering a GED program, help with tax return preparation and filling out food stamps, insurance and housing applications. There is also a food pantry and treasure go round (free clothing) for those in need, counseling and after school programs. In fact, the facility will hold open registration from 4 to 4:30 p.m. March 2 for its Kidz Rule program (Baldwinsville residents only), which is an after school program for kindergarten through seventh graders. Youth in eighth through 12th grades can also join as volunteers and mentors.

"[Interested parties] just need to bring proof of address and we will go over all of the details during registration," Manor said.

With only two staff members on-site regularly, the facility operates heavily with volunteers and Manor wants to make sure they are recognized for all their efforts.

"We would like to thank the community and volunteers for all their help and support," Manor said. "Everyone has been wonderful through the transition."

P.E.A.C.E. (People's Equal Action and Community Effort), Inc. is a non-profit independent organization that receives grants from various entities. It has been the designated community action agency for Onondaga County since 1968 and strives to help people in the community realize their potential for becoming self-sufficient through a multitude of programs serving infants to seniors. The County West Family Resource Center is located at 93 Syracuse St. in the village of Baldwinsville. For more information about programs, call 638-1051.

Coordinator Alicia Manor, center, along with Joanne Wynings, left, and Dani Coleman are the new staff providing assistance to Baldwinsville residents through PEACE Inc. County West Family Resource Center located in Noble's Plaza in the village. Behind them, the wall displays the facility's charge: "Our mission is to help people in the community realize their potential for becoming self-sufficient."

Programs

    Big Brothers Big Sisters

Head Start/Early Head Start

Project Connection

Project ROSE

KICK Camp

Energy & Housing Services

Family & Community Development

Foster Grandparent Program

Food Service Division

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